See Death and Life in Dzerzhinsk

In a famous essay written shortly after the Second World War, Martin Heidegger draws a distinction between ancient and modern technology. Ancient technology is “gentle” insofar as it exemplifies a certain harmony with the environment. Modern technology is “violent” to the extent that it exhibits little regard for life-sustaining ecosystems. And in his “Industrial Zone”…

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Celebrate Russia On Stage

Every spring Russia celebrates the best of theater with a three-month festival called the Golden Mask. This year theater-lovers are looking forward to a particularly vibrant festival, since it is celebrating its 25th year while the country celebrates its Year of Theater. The best productions of drama and comedy, opera, ballet, contemporary dance, operetta and…

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The Magical Light of Arkhip Kuindzhi

Come and be dazzled «Birch Grove» 1879 Arkhip Kuindzhi Courtesy of Tretyakov Gallery On January 27, Arkhip Kuindzhi’s exhibition at the Tretyakov Gallery—a retrospective in honor of the artist’s 175th birthday—became a news sensation after a 31-year-old man stole the painting “Ai-Petri. Crimea” during the museum’s working hours. The heist, which made worldwide headlines, also…

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‘DAU’: A Preview

«DAU» / Kinopoisk.ru At the end of January, parts of what is surely Russia’s most spectacular film project premiered in Paris. The project — something between a film series and an extended social and psychological experiment — is called “DAU” and directed by Ilya Khrzhanovsky, a filmmaker with only one major work before this pro…

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Restoring Repin

The Tretyakov Gallery describes work to repair the damaged painting «Ivan the Terrible and His Son, November 16, 1581» by Ilya Repin Tretyakov Gallery In May 2018, disaster struck in the Tretyakov Gallery. On a Friday evening just before closing time, a man ran into the almost empty hall of works by Ilya Repin, picked…

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Not Your Babushka’s Museum

If you’ve heard of the All-Russian Decorative Art Museum, it was probably from someone raving about embroidered Russian shawls or colorful enameled samovars from the 19th century. Indeed, the museum has an impressive collection of historical Russian decorative art. Last year, however, the museum opened the Center of Fashion and Design, whose exhibitions have been…

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Ode to a Preposition

При: very capacious preposition When Russians are learning English, they complain about articles, verb tenses, modal verbs and prepositions. Having listened to a lot of Russian ranting about my native tongue over the years, I can attest that they eventually accept that the difficulties of the first three categories are just part of the structure…

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Cool Moscow Bars

The best spots for a great night out in Moscow. Antiquarny Boutique & Bar Moscow is filled with cool bars for a tipple or two and a chat. Here are some of our favorites. Voda  Hidden in one of the maze-like courtyards on Ulitsa Petrovka, Voda is a magnet for Moscow’s so-called “creative class.” The…

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Vladimir

For a long time Vladimir has been the capital of the Old Russia. Nowadays the solemnity and originality of its architecture will bring you to the atmosphere of a big medieval Russian city. The symbol of the city is represented by the Golden Gates, which were the front entrance to the city. This is the…

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Mozaichist Imperial Academy of Fine Arts of St. Petersburg Bystryakov. Drawing (Architecture), sketch mosaic «of the Assumption Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin.» Mixed media.

Russian Empire, 1912 Material and Equipment: paper, pencil and watercolor. Size: 75 x 50 cm, in mat — 82 x 60.5 cm in the field of religious art in the XVIII-XIX centuries. Imperial Academy of Arts was considered one of the supreme arbiters of artistic evaluation and the main contractor of large government contracts (construction,…

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Searches of new forms and new constructive systems in modern Soviet architecture on the basis of concrete and reinforced concrete. the 60th — the 70th years

1 — the project of trailing houses. Architect. Of B, Borisovsky; 2 — buildings on the basis of a bezrigelny framework. Architect. V.I.Yezhov, engineer. M. M. Akulenko; 3 — hotel with a guy framework. Architect. M.I.Grechina, engineer. N. Kolyakov, etc.; 4 — buildings on the basis of a method of lifting of floors. Architect. Y.Safaryan;…

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Attempts of the arkhitektorekturny decision in industrial housing construction on the basis of precast and monolithic concrete in the 30th years

Attempts of the arkhitektorekturny decision in industrial housing construction on the basis of precast and monolithic concrete in the 30th years
1, 2, 3 — Frame and block system of industrial housing construction. Architect. N.A.Ladovsky, 1931;
4, 5, 6 — the Construction project of houses on Takhitekton system, 1931, Leningrad. Arkhitektorektora I. V. Ryangin, S. N. Pern. Construction scheme, cut and plan; 7 — the house container, 1927 — 1929, the architect. K.S.Melnikov

Concrete and reinforced concrete interpretation in works of masters of constructivism

Concrete and reinforced concrete interpretation in works of masters of constructivism. 1-Club of a name of Zuyev in Moskve1929 year. Architect I.A.Voice 2-Horizontal skyscrapers of 1923-1925. Architect. L.Lissitsky; 3-sanatorium and Sochi, 1927. Architect. A.V. Shchusev; 4 — club of Rusakov in Moscow, 1927. Architect. K.S.Melnikov; 5, 6 — competitive projects of a building of Narkomtyazhprom…

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