Go to:
About CK •  Art • Chef • Dance • Jazz • Klassik • Nouveau • Opera • Travel Calendar
Log In • Sign Up
You are in:  Home > Travel Calendar > Events in Russia   •  send page to a friend

Culturekiosque Travel Tips  •  Russia: Current Listings

Events in Art and Archaeology

© Antanas Sutkus: <EM>First Lithuanian bikers</EM>. Klaipeda. 1974
© Antanas Sutkus: First Lithuanian bikers. Klaipeda. 1974
Antanas Sutkus: Nostalgia for bare feet
MOSCOW  •  The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography  •  7 April - 29 May 2016

The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography presents an exhibition of Antanas Sutkus Nostalgia for bare feet. The exhibition features more than one hundred works created by the master of Lithuanian photography between 1959 and 1979, many of which have never been shown before.

Antanas Sutkus is widely recognized as the forefather and inspirer of Lithuanian school of photography, which flourished on the western outskirts of the Soviet Union during the 1950s–1970s. Since his childhood, Sutkus dreamed of becoming a journalist. From 1958 to 1964, he studied at Vilnius University, where he became disillusioned with Soviet journalism and began to devote himself to photography. He was at the roots of the famous Lithuanian Association of Art Photographers and for a long time served as its Chairman. In the 1950s, when Sutkus just started taking photographs, photographic tradition was yet to be developed in Lithuania. He worked with no reference to any style or aesthetics. However, it is evident that Sutkus was inspired by cinema and literature. He drew on works by Franz Kafka, Jean-Paul Sartre, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Ivan Bunin, Vladimir Nabokov, and Gabriel Garcia Marques…

The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography Website

Contact: 119072, Moscow, Bolotnaya emb., 3 build. 1
Tel: (7) 495 228 98 78

Léon Bakst
ST PETERSBURG  •  The Russian Museum  •  24 February - 31 May 2016
Léon Bakst (1866-1924) is a world-known master of painting and drawing, whose impact on the flourishing of Russian theatrical and decorative art is hard to overestimate. His designs for costumes and decorations were great part of the success of Sergey Diaghilev's "Les saisons russes" - ballet and opera performances in Russia, France and other countries. The art of Bakst largely influenced theatrical art all over the world. It became an outstanding example of a thoughtful combination of experiments with form and interest to the artistic tradition of the Ancient East and antiquity.

The Russian Museum Website

Contact: The Russian Museum
St. Michael's Castle
2 Griboyedov Canal
St. Petersburg, Russia 
Tel: (7) 595 42 48

Viktor Pivovarov:&nbsp;<SPAN class=irc_su dir=ltr style="TEXT-ALIGN: left"><EM>b-Painting: To Milena,</EM> 2005Oil on canvas 65 x 90 cm / 25,6 x 35,4 in</SPAN>Collection of the artist
Viktor Pivovarov: b-Painting: To Milena, 2005
Oil on canvas 65 x 90 cm / 25,6 x 35,4 in
Collection of the artist
Viktor Pivovarov: The Snail’s Trail
MOSCOW  •  Garage Museum of Contemporary Art  •  17 March - 18 June 2016
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art presents The Snail’s Trail by Viktor Pivovarov, in celebration of the artist’s forthcoming 80th birthday. Revealing the mesmerizing interior worlds which Pivoravov creates in his work as a painter, book designer, illustrator, theoretician, creator of conceptual albums, memoirist, and writer, the exhibition includes works from the mid-1970s through to recent paintings.

The exhibition is the first in which Pivovarov has collaborated with an architect to create an immersive environment, taking audiences on a journey through his highly personalized graphic style. Pivovarov directs the viewer through a series of eleven rooms, each of which reveals a particular emotional experience. These include extreme loneliness (such as in the series Projects for a Lonely Person, 1975; and The Gardens of Monk Rabinovich, 2012–2013); poetic love (the series June–June, 1978–1988); mystical adventures (the Eidos series, 2000–2009); horror and death (Sutra of Doubts and Fears, 2006). The exhibition guide, written by the artist, expands on the situations, themes, and devices he uses in his work.

Taking a new approach to traditional painting, Pivorarov has developed his own complex language—through the use of formal graphs and tables, and imagery reminiscent of children’s book illustrations, posters, and manuals—to depict symbolic riddles, which he leaves the viewer to solve. In addition to presenting a number of key paintings, a significant part of The Snail’s Trail is devoted to Pivovarov’s use of the conceptual album, an art form he pioneered with Ilya Kabakov in the late 1960s. Consisting of pages of images and paradoxical statements, these large-scale books were originally intended to be shown by the artist to individual viewers in a private setting.

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art Website

Contact: Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
Gorky Park
Tel: (7 ) 495 645-05-20

Events in Dance

A Midsummer Night's Dream
SAINT-PETERSBURG  •  Mariinsky Theatre  •  28 - 29 May 2016

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Choreography by George Balanchine (1962)
Staging by Sandra Jennings
Production Design by Luisa Spinatelli
Lighting Design by Sergei Lukin


Titania: Ulyana Lopatkina
Oberon: Philipp Stepin
Puck: Ilya Zhivoi
Helena: Zlata Yalinich
Hermia: Nadezhda Gonchar
Lysander: Nail Yenikeyev
Demetrius: Alexander Romanchikov
Hippolyta: Yekaterina Chebykina
Theseus: Vitaly Amelishko
Titania's Cavalier: Andrei Yermakov
Pas de deux: Renata Shakirova, Ernest Latypov

Mariinsky Theatre Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Mariinsky Theatre
1 Theatre Square
St Petersburg, Russia
Tel: (7) 812 326 4141

Events in Opera

Samson et Dalila: By Camille Saint-Saёns
SAINT-PETERSBURG  •  Mariinsky Theatre  •  25 May - 2 June 2016

Camille Saint-Saёns: Samson et Dalila
Libretto by Ferdinand Lemaire

Musical Director and Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Conductor: Christian Knapp
Stage Director and Set Designer: Yannis Kokkos
Costume Designer: Yannis Kokkos and Paola Mariani
Dramatist: Anne Blancard
Lighting Designer: Michael Bauer
Video Designer: Eric Duranteau
Musical Preparation: Natalia Mordashova
Principal Chorus Master: Andrei Petrenko
French Language Coach: Ksenia Klimenko  


Dalila: Ekaterina Semenchuk
Samson: Gregory Kunde

Mariinsky Theatre Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Mariinsky Theatre
1 Theatre Square
St Petersburg, Russia
Tel: (7) 812 326 4141

Suggest an event  • Contact editors

Event selection, descriptions, ratings, page design, and all other information in these listings
copyright © 2016 Culturekiosque Publications. All rights reserved.
Images are copyright and/or their original copyright holders.