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Worn with Pride: Solidarity & Protest

For my Pride t-shirt I chose to use this photograph of Russian activist Alexey Kiselev at a protest rally in Moscow on February 4th, 2012. The double-sided placard he is holding was one in a series of placards made by queer marchers. It was the first time that the rainbow/’LGBT’ flag had appeared in a […]

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A Shifting Snow Maiden

Anyone with small children will know that snow maidens have had a resurgence in popularity in the last few years thanks to a certain ubiquitous Disney film, but this is only the latest in a long history of snowy maidens in folk and fairy stories. In this blog I’m going to look at the Russian […]

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Out On Display #18: Tom of Finland

    Tom of Finland stamps Postage stamps, offset lithography Designed by Timo Berry, 2014 Given by Andrei Korepanov CD.55:1-2014 On display in room 74A   Tom of Finland (1920 – 1991) was the creator of some of the most enduring and erotic drawings of gay male life in the 20th century. Since his work burst onto […]

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An Imperial Playhouse: The Gilbert Collection’s Russian micromosaic jewel casket re-identified

On 4 March 2015 I gave an illustrated lunch-time talk at the V&A on Russian Country Houses which was well received and well attended. Afterwards, Katrina Warne, a regular visitor to Russia, identified the micromosaic scene on the Gilbert Collection jewel casket which I had illustrated as a view of the Gothic Priory at Gatchina. […]

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When the point of support disappears

Set design for Victory Over the Sun produced at the Luna Park Theatre, St. Petersburg, 1913. Italian pencil on paper.

“We can only perceive space when we break free from the earth, when the point of support disappears” Malevich, 1928 manifesto, ‘The Non-Objective World’ Malevich and the artists of the Russian Avant-Garde movement re-invented space. Their explorations and experiments in the world of theatre helped them to develop and articulate their artistic visions and ideas. […]

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St. Sergei of Radonezh

Today, like the BBC north of the M25, we look east, further east even than Norfolk. Give the globe a little twirl to your left and you’ll see there’s a big country which covers a lot of the top bit of it. This country is called Russia, and it’s very famous. Now if you look […]

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Placards and Pride in Russia

Today over 20,000 people will participate in Pride, one of London’s largest events celebrating the LGBT community.  This year organizers have chosen the theme Freedom to…. , an idea closely tied to one of the placards in our exhibition ‘Disobedient Objects’. This placard formed part of a spontaneous 2012 exhibition in Moscow, after President Vladimir Putin’s […]

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Thursday 26 August Today the graphics were checked and large contextual images elements positioned. Are they the correct height for the average visitor to view comfortably? Are they legible? At what angle should the portrait of Diaghilev be on the opening panel? The map of Russia near the entrance is now sorted and, thanks to Sarah’s now encyclopaedic knowledge of the Trans-Siberian Railway, it shows the train’s original route and not the current one. As we were going round the galleries it was impossible to resist the chance to peak behind the Tyvek covers to see the Firebird backcloth in …

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Russian Arc

The recent Tate Modern exhibition of Alexandr Rodchenko and Liubov Popova got me thinking about drawing as a tool of avant garde design. These two Russian artists made the leap from painting to "productivism"in the wake of the Revolution. Autonomous works of art – paintings to hang on the wall – just didn't cut it as instruments of political radicalism. What they were after was a penetration of their ideals into everyday life, and they hoped to do this through design:clothing, ceramics, architecture. As Christina Kaier notes in her wonderful book on the subject, Imagine No Possessions, objects were now …

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