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A year of exchange between UK and Russia in 2014

Cultural programme launched today to include a survey of Kazimir Malevich at London’s Tate Modern and YBAs at Moscow’s Ekaterina Foundation

UK-Russia 2014

A year of Anglo-Russia cultural exchanges was announced today, 14 November, in London. UK-Russia 2014 will include a survey of Kazimir Malevich at Tate Modern next July. While in September, Moscow’s Ekaterina Foundation will host an exhibition about the YBA movement featuring early works by artists including Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin.

At the launch, held at the Science Museum, the British Council and the Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs unveiled the programme that kicks off in January next year. The venue was chosen because a show about the Russian space programme is due to open at the Science Museum next autumn.

Performing arts dominate, with a production from Shakespeare’s Globe touring Russian cities and the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra performing in Britain, among other events.

The British-born, Amsterdam-based film director Peter Greenaway will organise a multi-media show “The Golden Age of the Russian Avant-garde” at the Central Manege in Moscow.

The launch comes at a time when British environmental activists are in custody in Russia along with ones from the Netherlands and other countries. The Greenpeace ship recently seized by the Russians during a protest against drilling in the Arctic was sailing under the Dutch flag.

This year's Netherlands-Russia exchanges, which are drawing to a close, got off to a bad start: the mayor of Amsterdam snubbed Vladimir Putin because of Russia's anti-gay propaganda law by sending his deputy to greet the Russian President when he visited the city. This month the Dutch king visited Russia to help improve relations.

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