The Museum After the Revolution: Photographs from the State Hermitage Museum archives
In the exhibition, the familiar history of the Imperial Palace and its adjoining Museum are presented in unexpectedly palpable scenes: the evacuation of paintings to the Raphael Loggias; the Great Skylight rooms and the Gallery of the History of Ancient Painting at the New Hermitage; the meeting of the interim government within the walls of Nicholas II’s apartment; the parade on the Palace Square; and M. L. Bochkareva Women's Battalion.
Decades often elapsed between the events captured in the photographs and their arrival at the Hermitage. For example, the photographs of the cadets and sailors guarding the Palace, the parade and the Women’s Battalion were only donated to the museum by the widow of P. F. Gubchevsky in 1994. The author of many articles about the history of the museum and ...
A Trusting Man's Journey, From Moldavia To Montenegro. An Evening with Marat Guelman
Marat Guelman is a Russian collector, gallery owner and art manager, who has been behind some of the most important art initiatives connected to Russia in the last thirty years.
Marat Guelman was born in Chisinau on 24 December 1960. His father is writer and playwright Aleksander Isaakovich Guelman.
He started his professional life in art as a collector, but, having collected an unsuccessful first collection due to inexperience, he was forced to master the skills of selling works of art and actually became the first art dealer in the USSR. In 1990, having received an education in the field of contemporary art abroad, he assembled a collection of Ukrainian art, which formed the basis of the exhibition «South Russian Wave», shown in 1992. Guelman describes his way into art and in art a...
Late at the Library: Sounds of the Revolution
A night of breathtaking live music, radical sound and silent film. Join us for a night of radical sound and silent film directed by Gabriel Prokofiev with the superb musicians of the Renegade Orchestra. Echoes of Russian classical music greats are cut with sonic experimentation and electronica, reflecting the remarkable avant-garde experimentation of a century ago, alongside a screening of the 1927 film The End of St Petersburg and DJs from Nonclassical. You can also see the Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths exhibition after hours, included in your ticket price.
We open the evening with the premiere of Dash Arts’ Renegade Orchestra, a revolutionary piece of music theatre written by Russian composer Alexander Manotskov with musicians from across the region. Then Vsevelod Pudovkin’...
Film screening: Russian Jews . Part 1. Before the Revolution
"Russian Jews" is a documentary trilogy created and narrated by Leonid Parfenov in partnership with Genesis Philantrophy Group that studies perception of Jews in Russia thorughout its ever-changing history of the 20th century and their role in the history of the country and the world.
Before the Revolution is the first film of the trilogy. Russian Jews is the first documentary project by Parfenov to hit the big screen.
In Russian with English subtitles....
Film festival SERET London 2017
SERET London – the Israeli Film & TV Festival, is returning for its 6th year to the UK with screenings taking place across London, Redbridge, Richmond and Manchester. SERET London 2017 brings the many and varied voices of Israel for this year’s ground-breaking Film & TV Festival.
“For our sixth Festival, we have stronger voices from women of all cultures and power bases; louder voices from Israeli Arabs and from Palestinians, all offering their own expression of the social and political multiplicity that the Middle East’s leading democracy represents", says the co-founders of the Festival Odelia Haroush, Patty Hochmann and Anat Koren.
“This year’s programme is in equal measure thought-provoking, and entertaining. With such a vibrant line-up of films and documentaries create...
Oligarkh bring Electo-beats, Orthodox chants, Russian folk and historical Soviet footage to meet in a dark electronica AV spectacular from St Petersburg to London’s Rich Mix. Drawing together contemporary urban culture, deep folk memory and Soviet experiences, Oligarkh's music erases the borders between high and popular culture, ancient and modern.
Oligarkh's live gigs are augmented with a drummer and video collages from historical films, documentaries, fairytales and old TV clips. Together they create a journey through the Russian collective conscious, from grand cathedrals to remote villages, from suburban ghettos to the enclaves of the rich. Oligarkh's music erases the borders between high and popular culture, ancient and modern. Their second album "Anatoliy" came out in February 201...
Dash Cafe: The Emigre Flight from Russia
The May Café will focus on the writers and artists caught up in the chaos of the Russian Revolution and subsequent Civil War. Many writers went on to settle in Paris, Berlin and elsewhere and forged new lives in exile. We’ll explore the wonderful Nadezhda Teffi, the hugely popular and funny story writer and author of Pushkin Press’ Memories, From Moscow to the Black Sea’ and stories by the more famous émigré writers, Vladimir Nabokov and Ivan Bunin with speakers and readers including Robert Chandler, Bryan Karetnyk, Peter Pomeranzev, actor Harriet Walter and Dash artistic director Josephine Burton. Plus there'll be wonderful live music - to be announced shortly.
Artificial Intelligence and the Game of the Century – Kasparov vs. Deep Blue with Garry Kasparov, Michael Hawley
Former World Chess Champion Gary Kasparov talks about where Machine Intelligence ends and Human Creativity begins – followed by a conversation with legendary former MIT Media Lab Professor Mike Hawley.
In May 1997 the greatest chess player in the world was defeated for the first time – by an IBM supercomputer named Deep Blue.
You are invited to hear Garry Kasparov tell his side of this epoch-making story – for the first time, twenty years on: what it was like to play against an implacable and tireless opponent, why the odds were so stacked, what were the strategies IBM used to unnerve him. But this is above all a story about machine intelligence, and how Kasparov has come to embrace it as a force for good and an ally of human creativity....
Debate «It’s Time To Bring Russia In From The Cold»
Should we come to an accommodation with a foreign power that bombs civilians indiscriminately, threatens our Eastern European partners, and goes so far as to meddle in the recent US presidential election? Is it in the West’s interests to bring Russia in from the cold? Or should we be on our guard against this ascendant, belligerent country on Europe’s borders? Join us on Thursday 8th June, hear the arguments and make up your mind.
This debate will be filmed for later broadcast on BBC World News.
Speakers for the motion:
Russian television presenter and author, known as the ‘face’ of Russia. Raised in Paris and New York, he moved to the Soviet Union in 1952 and became well known in the West as a spokesperson representing and explaining the views of the Soviet Union dur...
Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths
From the fall of Russia’s last Tsar to the rise of the first communist state, this definitive exhibition takes a fresh look at the Russian Revolution 100 years on.
With rarely seen items from both sides of the conflict – from a first edition of the Communist Manifesto to anti-Bolshevik propaganda – this is a unique chance to understand the lesser-known personal stories behind the events that changed the world.
Also on display for the first time, from the British Library’s own archive: Lenin’s handwritten application for a Reader Pass.
Uniting the political and the personal, explore the Russian Revolution’s central characters, most notably Lenin and Trotsky, alongside the tales of ordinary people living through extraordinary times. Did events in Russia in 1917 transform the interna...
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