Neighbors of Mikhail Bulgakov, friends of Viktor Tsoi. January exhibitions guide

January 13

The Bulgakov Museum will speak about the history of the last house where the writer lived, the Kolomenskoye open-air museum will exhibit rare tiles of the 17th century, and the Central Exhibition Hall “Manege” will offer to trace back the life of rock musician and actor Viktor Tsoi. The article about these and other January exhibitions.

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“The Ancient Contour of the Sun...” at the State Pushkin Museum

Date: January 2 to February 27

Address: 55, Arbat Street

Age restriction: 12+

A book of selected poems by Andrei Bely “The Ancient Contour of the Sun ...” was published in Jerusalem in 2021. The verses are accompanied by artworks of Moscow artist Sofia Kare, and they are presented at the exhibition in the poet's memorial apartment.

Sofia Kare graduated from the Moscow State Academic Art Institute named after V. I. Surikov.  In 2016, she won the prize of the All-Russian Book Illustration Contest “Image of the Book”, her personal exhibitions were held in the Tsvetaeva Memorial House, in the Tula Regional Museum of Local Lore. Sofia Kare illustrated collected books by Joseph Brodsky, Bella Akhmadulina, Boris Pasternak, Marina Tsvetaeva.

“The history of the Electronika brand” in the Zelenograd Museum showroom

Date: January 2 to December 31

Address: Mikhailovka Street, building 1410 (Zelenograd Museum showroom)

Age restriction: 6+

Household appliances under the Electronika brand, that were produced at Zelenograd enterprises, were known across the USSR. The exhibition will present numerous exhibits from the Zelenograd Museum collection, among which the “Space Bridge”, “Funny Cook”, ”Well, Just You Wait!” and other microprocessor games are of special interest. Visitors will be able to play some of them.

Zelenograd was conceived as a small satellite town, where in the early 1960s it was decided to establish All-Union Microelectronics Center. By 1970, several large complexes comprised of a research institute and a pilot production plant of the new electronic industry, appeared here.

“Honored People’s Artist” in the Battle of Borodino panorama-museum

Date: January 2 to December 30

Address: 38, Kutuzovsky Prospekt, building 1

Age restriction: 12+

The Battle of Borodino panorama museum invites you to visit the exhibition, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of artist Vladimir Shevchenko birth. Guests will see photographic devices that he used during creative assignments, his miniature easel, brushes and paints, sketches for filmstrips How the Airfield Lives and What Tank Crewmen Can Do.

Shevchenko created artworks for more than 100 books, including Gulliver in the Land of Lilliputians by Jonathan Swift, The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle, Syun and Kung by Vitaly Bianki.

The central place at the exhibition is occupied by a series of artworks made in the 1970s for Mikhail Lermontov's poem Borodino. Before completing the work, the artist spent several months in libraries, studying materials about the Battle of Borodino. He also carefully examined the famous painting by Franz Roubaud displayed in the Battle of Borodino museum.

“Mikhail Bulgakov in the Writers House” in the Bulgakov Museum

Date: January 2 to December 31

Address: 10, Bolshaya Sadovaya Street

Age restriction: 0+

The house in Nashchokinsky Lane, built in 1934 and owned by the Soviet Writer Cooperative, played an important role in Mikhail Bulgakov’s life. It was here, in his last home, that he wrote Notes Deceased, the Don Quixote and Batum plays, worked on The Master and Margarita novel. The last house where Bulgakov lived did not survive to this day, it was demolished in 1978.

The first part of the exhibition is based on archival documents related to the history of the house and the fate of its inhabitants — writer Vladimir Stavsky, playwright Vladimir Bill-Belotserkovsky, poet Osip Mandelstam and others. The second part of the exhibition will display Bulgakov’s life and work within these walls.

“...Having met K.E. Tsiolkovsky...” at the Cosmonautics Museum

Date: January 12 to August 30

Address: 111, Prospekt Mira

Age restriction: 12+

Exhibition dedicated to the 115th anniversary of the first rocket and space systems chief designer Academician Sergei Korolev birth, will speak about his attitude to scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. The theory of interplanetary communication founder was Korolev’s idol and inspired him to many inventions.

The exposition will present books by Tsiolkovsky from Korolev's personal library, photographs, and material relics related to their meeting in 1929 in Kaluga. The most valuable exhibit is dedicated to that meeting — a seven-page note where Nina Ivanovna Koroleva describes the conversation with her husband regarding the meeting with Tsiolkovsky.

“Vasily Vasilyevich Grigoriev” at the Dacha Museum and Exhibition Center

Date: January 14 to April 3

Address: 15a, Soyuzny Prospekt

Age restriction: 0+

Artist Vasily Grigoriev, like many naive artists, had no professional education. He began painting and even managed to sell his pictures in 1928, at the age of 14, but he did not take this activity seriously, devoting time to his hobby when being free from working in the collective farm. After retirement, the artist participated in major exhibitions of naive art. His paintings were exhibited at the International Exhibition of Naive Art INSITA-94 in Bratislava, at the traveling exhibition of the Museum of Naive Art “Pushkin's Images in the Works of Naive Artists of Russia” held in 1999 in the cities of Russia and in Cannes (France).

“Viktor Tsoi. The Path of a Hero” in the Manege

Date: January 15 to April 15

Address: 1, Manezhnaya Square

Age restriction: 12+

Viktor Tsoi. The Path of a Hero biopic exhibition dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the legendary musician birth, will give an opportunity to trace back his life path.  The display, arranged thematically, but not chronologically, will familiarize one with important spheres of Tsoi's life: music, cinema, poetry, fine art. 11 halls will exhibit items provided by the musician's father Robert Maksimovich and his son Alexander, as well as by friends, collectors and fans: guitars, drafts, letters, photographs, stage costumes, paintings and even school handcrafts.

Texts for the exhibition and the catalog were written by French diplomat and writer Joel Bastenaire. He and Tsoi were friends, he produced the musician's record in France in 1989. Joanna Stingray, a popularizer of Soviet and post-Soviet rock culture in the USA, donated her archives to the exhibition. And film director Rashid Nugmanov (France) will provide exhibits for a hall dedicated to the film with Tsoi, where producers from Japan participated in 1990. The film was not completed due to tragic death of the musician.

“Moscow tile” in the Kolomenskoye open-air museum

Date: January 25 to May 15

Address: 39, Prospekt Andropova, building 69

Age restriction: 6+

The Kolomenskoye open-air museum collections contain about 16 thousand tiles — decorative ceramic tiles, most specific for the Russian art of the 17th century. The larger portion of the collection was gathered by Peter Baranovsky — the museum founder, architect and restorer. Thanks to him, rare samples of the 17th century tile architectural decor and stove tiles were preserved. The collection that he started was later replenished with items made at the Bulganin factory, and samples that were used to decorate Moscow metro stations.  The exhibition will show the history of using tiles in the Russian art and will present the most important exhibits of the collection.

“The Virtuoso of Taxidermy” at the State Darwin Museum

Date: January 26 to March 27

Address: 57, Vavilova Street

Age restriction: 6+

An exhibition dedicated to the 180th anniversary of the birth of the Moscow School of Scientific Taxidermy founder, Fyodor Karlovich Lorenz, is under preparation at the Darwin Museum. Lorenz made a great contribution to Russian ornithology without having a special education — son of a weaver, he studied at school for only three years. Fyodor Lorenz authored over 40 scientific articles on ornithology. His passion for hunting and desire to preserve trophies stimulated him to study the skill of taxidermy. His taxidermy company became an important source of scientific exhibits for museums and private collections.

The exhibition will present Lorenz’s biological groups (compositions of stuffed animals in microlandscapes depicting animals in their natural environment) that received a gold medal at the Polytechnic Exhibition in Moscow in 1872. Since 1872, these biological groups were in the Polytechnic Museum, and in 1937 they were handed over to the Darwin Museum.


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