Sophia Kishkovsky

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Private Museums

Moscow's Garage Museum still going strong at ten, despite co-founders’ split

Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova will continue to fund their contemporary art museum

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Conservation

Huge disparity in estimates to repair vandalised Ivan the Terrible painting

Ilya Repin’s masterpiece in Moscow’s Tretyakov gallery was struck with a metal pole in May

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Politics

Founder of Museum of Russian Impressionism flees for the UK

Boris Mints’s institution says that exhibitions are continuing to run

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Conservation

Russia opens new exhibition centre dedicated to icons

The Grabar Art Conservation Center has launched the Ovchinnikov Ikonoteka space, which is named in honour of renowned restorer

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Conservation

Pharmaceutical company pledges to restore beauty at the Hermitage

The Hungarian firm Gedeon Richter to fund three-year project to restore works from the Russian museum that relate to the concept of female beauty

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Museums

Siberian museum memorialises the Romanovs in house where they were imprisoned

Museum of the Family of Emperor Nicholas II in Tobolsk is Russia's first devoted to 'royal martyrs'

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Russia

Russian government urges museums to give discounts to World Cup visitors

Football fans get free entry at Tretyakov, but no special treatment at Hermitage

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Exhibitions

Solaris-inspired show in Florence sheds light on 'Soviet Renaissance'

Fondazione Franco Zeffirelli hosts exhibition of Russian nonconformist artists in first foreign venture by Moscow’s AZ Museum

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Russia

Famous Russian painting of Ivan the Terrible vandalised in Moscow

Man who confessed to being drunk on vodka tore painting in three places on Friday evening

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Philanthropy

Russian billionaire’s Peri Foundation will keep paying for culture after arrest

It is business as usual, says the organisation’s director, as its founder, Ziyavudin Magomedov, remains in custody awaiting trial on racketeering charges

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Conservation

Caucasus government plans to beef up heritage laws to protect Medieval towers

The Russian republic of Ingushetia is hoping that improved conservation will lead to Unesco status

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Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

Russian minister issues Venice Architecture Biennale warning

Country's pavilion may be targeted as relations with the West deteriorate, Vladimir Aristarkhov says

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Museums

Moscow museum opens archives of Stalin's Gulag labour camps

New research centre helps descendants discover fate of their family members

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Museums

Pushkin director turns her office into a surreal art installation

The lower level resembles Hogwarts, upstairs is a blindingly white “meditative space”

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Politics

Palmyra, ancient city or deadly missile? In Russian vote, it was almost both

In an online competition devoid of irony, the archaeological site threatened by destruction was a strong contender for the name of Putin’s new weapon

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Politics

Russian art world reacts to Putin's landslide win in presidential election

Fourth term comes amid escalating tension between Russia and UK, resulting in expulsion of British Council from the country

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Art law

New Russian law recognises contemporary art at last

Ultra-rich collectors who run their own museums will benefit from the change

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Ivory

Regulating Russian ivory trade is a mammoth task

Melting of the permafrost in Yakutia has led to a boom in fossil tusk gathering, causing problems for government and conservationists

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Building projects

Tretyakov and Rem Koolhaas have designs on Moscow's vast Soviet exhibition space

The Central House of Artists is set to be the largest exhibition venue in Russia

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Performance art

Artist burns Gothic structure made of twigs causing controversy in Russia

Nikolay Polissky's act took place at Nikola-Lenivets event, which is likened to the US Burning Man festival

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Conservation

Urgent action needed to save Russia’s wooden architecture

Grassroots activists are leading a campaign to preserve the country’s unique, but sadly neglected, built heritage

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Politics

US 'Kremlin report' targets Russian billionaire art collectors

Roman Abramovich, Alisher Usmanov and culture minister Vladimir Medinsky among those now on warning from US

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Politics

‘Putin is forever’—artists respond to the Russian president’s decision to seek a fourth term

The range of reactions reflects the ideological splits in country's arts and culture sector

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Conservation

Hermitage gets Caravaggio’s Lute Player back on song

First-ever major restoration for the artist’s only work in a Russian museum

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Cultural policy

Cultural figures profess support for Vladimir Putin at registration rally

Presidency bid backed by group of Moscow museum heavyweights

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Museums

Fashion display at Hermitage storage facility paves the way for textiles study centre

Peter the Great’s tailored justaucorps, Catherine the Great's gown and more on display in St Petersburg

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Controversies

Jock Sturges’s nudes incite strong feelings in Moscow, again

Activist targets American photographer’s latest show for second time amid claims of promoting paedophilia

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Exhibitions

The Hermitage's big Russian Revolution show that nearly didn't happen

Museum in tsars' Winter Palace, symbol of Bolshevik takeover, only decided how to mark 1917 centenary in February

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Politics

Putin backed culture forum in St Petersburg sparks debate over artistic freedoms in Russia

The liberal intelligentsia say the culture sphere is under attack, while officials argue that it is flourishing

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Exhibitions

Soviet renaissance man El Lissitzky gets major double-show in Moscow

Exhibition of 400 works opens at State Tretyakov Museum and Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center

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Museums

Mogul and Russian culture ministry vie with museum for prized icon

Curators call on St Petersburg prosecutor to investigate "criminal expropriation" of the artefact

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Protest

Performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky sets fire to a bank in Paris

Russian artist famous for nailing scrotum to Moscow’s Red Square invokes the “great French Revolution”

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Biennials & festivals

The Russian Revolution and village life

International artists consider the impact of the Revolution on rural communities in country’s longest-running biennial

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Biennials & festivals

Big names bring Moscow biennial back from the brink

Björk and Olafur Eliasson headline event that nearly didn’t happen

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Museums

Museums move into Moscow's huge Soviet-era fairground

Exhibition complex inspired by world's fairs targets 40 million visitors

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In the frame

Cai Guo-Qiang’s fiery works on revolution come to Moscow

The Chinese artist came to the Pushkin Museum this month bearing gunpowder and a deep love for Russian culture

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Building projects

Moscow’s Zaryadye Park opens to divided opinion

“New symbol of Russia” created by New York’s High Line architects is accused of being “catastrophically” out of place

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Garage Museum founders Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova split

The art world power couple said they will continue working together on joint projects

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New space commemorates Moscow’s neglected Soviet-era buildings

Russian non-profit museum opens as government earmarks Constructivist buildings for demolition

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Meet the artist behind Jeff Koons’s controversial ballerinas

Oksana Zhnikrup is the figurine maker whose Soviet-era work was copied under licence, but not initially acknowledged, by the US artist

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Abstract art that Khrushchev condemned to get home in Moscow as well as US and China shows

Museum founder wants global recognition for Russia’s abstractionists of the 1950s and 1960s

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Museums

Anselm Kiefer gets first Russia solo show at the Hermitage

New works celebrate Futurist poet Velimir Khlebnikov as part of 1917 Revolution centenary commemorations

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Architecture

Moscow’s Constructivist architecture under threat by government demolition plan

A proposal to raze Soviet era housing and relocate 1.6 million residents has caused so much concern that thousands turned out to protest this weekend

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Russian performance artist granted political asylum in France

Pyotr Pavlensky and his partner Oksana Shalygina fled after charges of sexual assault were brought against them in Russia

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Museums

Archives and books on Soviet-era art sell-offs allegedly seized from Hermitage

A curator at the museum says the confiscation is “deeply abnormal” but an official statement maintains that work is being done to “improve” how the documents are stored

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Museums

Rarely loaned works from Uzbekistan’s ‘Louvre of the Steppes’ travel to Moscow

Paintings, decorative art and archaeological objects from one of the world’s most remote museums are on view at the Pushkin Museum

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New Moscow triennial includes Crimea in survey show of Russian art

The decision to include programming from the contested peninsula has come under fire

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Russia’s regional collections get left out in the cold

A push for new patriotic displays across Russia threatens to displace—and potentially harm—thousands of works

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Museums

Hermitage boosts security after St Petersburg metro bombing

The museum says it will inspect all visitors, even if that might cause an “inconvenience”

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Museums

Deputy director at Hermitage put under house arrest

Mikhail Novikov suspected of fraud in connection with the museum’s construction projects

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Russia commemorates 1917 revolution—timidly

Ambivalence towards Soviet history has led to museums taking a cautious approach to tackling the centenary head-on

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Russian and Syrian forces retake Palmyra from Isil

But culture experts remain cautious as extent of damage at the ancient site is assessed

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Exhibitions

Kiev exhibition that questioned the results of Maidan revolution vandalised

Video shows attackers beating a gallery guard and tearing posters, and walls spray-painted with graffiti stating Mouthpiece of Moscow and Glory to Ukraine

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Museums

Hermitage storage centre searched by FSB agents

Director plays down concerns over surprise investigation, but some see it as a warning against opposition

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Politics

St Isaac's Cathedral dispute triggers political row

Russian MP lauds Orthodox Church control of St Petersburg cathedral with anti-Semitic speech

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Russian team creates 3D model to preserve Palmyra as fighting intensifies

As another monument in Palmyra is destroyed by extremists, the detailed record of the ancient city becomes ever more precious

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Exhibitions

Paris blockbuster exhibition of Shchukin’s Modern art collection extended

Russian President Vladimir Putin personally thanked Bernard Arnault at the Kremlin for hosting the show

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Politics

US-Russia museum loans could resume as deadlock ends

Hermitage director, who has known president-elect Trump "a long time", hopes exhibitions can go ahead with US anti-seizure guarantee