I was asked, when Maslenitsa starts this year in Russia.
This year, Maslenitsa week starts tomorrow on February, 20, and will last till Sunday, February 26. It always takes place during the week before Lent. Maslenitsa is a celebration of the end of winter and welcoming the approaching spring, and hence of warmth, hope, and joy. I believe nobody painted Maslenitsa better than Boris Kustodiyev.
The Caravaggio exhibition at the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum runs until February 19, 2012.
If you want to escape long queueing and freezing come at 10am.
We can visit the Bolshoi theatre again starting from November 2.
Starting Tuesday, October 25, Moscow Department of Cultural Heritage organizes 25 free of charge excursions, dedicated to historical and cultural monuments of the capital.
List of excursions
Year of Spain in Russia. Salvador Dalí retrospective will be held at the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts from 3 September until 13 November 2011. The exhibition repesents 25 oil paintings, 20 watercolours, 70 drawings, and many photographs from the collection of Dalí Theatre and Museum in Figueres.
I invite you to visit an estate and house, designed by the famous Russian painter Vasily Polenov for himself and his family and built on the bank of the Oka river 130 km south of Moscow in 1892. You will love well preserved artist’s collections, the views from the house windows and from surrounding hills.
On the 18th of May Moscow will celebrate the Day of historical and cultural heritage. A lot of museums will be open for free and many historical buildings and architectural monuments that are usually inaccessible will open their doors to the public.
Once on the 18th of May I had the pleasure to visit the Morosov’s mansion at 21 Podsosensky Lane. It was built by M.N.Chichagov and the interiors were remodelled by an outstanding Moscow architect F.Shekhtel in 1895-1900. Five panels on the subject of Goethe’s “Faust” were painted by M.A.Vrubel for its Gothic study. They included “Mephisto and the student”, “Margaret”, “Faust”, “The Flight of Faust and Mephisto”, and a lost fifth panel “Faust and Margaret in the Garden”. Currently the four panels from the study are shown at the State Tretyakov Gallery. For A.V.Morozov Vrubel also painted the panel “Philosophy”.
This Easter egg was presented by Nicolas II to his wife Alexandra in 1902. The four-leaf clover with miniature portraits of the Tsar’s daughters was hidden inside as a surprise.
The Armoury Chamber collection, Moscow
This is the last week to view the exhibition “Decode: Digital Design Sensations” at Garage Center for Contemporary Culture.
The former Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage, designed by a famous architect Konstantin Melnikov in 1926.
If you’d like to see an example of a wooden house in Moscow built by an artist for himself and his family at the end of the XIX century I would highly recommend a visit to Victor Vasnetsov house-museum. The house with an art studio was built according to Vasnetsov’s drawing in 1894.