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Contemporary Portraiture in the United States: Through the Lens of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery's "Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition"

Dorothy Moss

Article: 
"GRANY" FOUNDATION PRESENTS
Magazine issue: 
#2 2014 (43)

CULTURAL HYBRIDITY, IDENTITY, DIVERSITY, INNOVATION, TECHNOLOGY, ACCESSIBILITY, COMMUNITY - THESE ARE SOME OF THE KEY CONCEPTS AND CONCERNS THAT ARE NOT ONLY AT THE CORE OF THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY'S IMMEDIATE INITIATIVES BUT ARE ALSO PRESSING ISSUES IN BROADER DISCUSSIONS ABOUT GLOBALIZATION AND THE ROLE OF ART MUSEUMS IN THE UNITED STATES TODAY.

Contemporary Portraiture in the United States

By a process of projection and introjection of theimage, the body comes to have the abstract "form," the abstract totality, by which we know it... We continually project the body into the world in or¬der that itsimage might return to us: onto the other, the mir¬ror, the animal, and the machine, and onto the artistic image.1

Susan Stewart

The Paul Klee Centre in Bern

Sophia Petrikova

Article: 
WORLD MUSEUMS
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Special issue. SWITZERLAND–RUSSIA: ON THE CROSSROADS OF CULTURES

The opening of the Paul Klee Centre in Bern in July 2005 was an important page in the history of 21st century museum life. In the eyes of its creators, this contemporary museum was to act as a cultural forum, enabling visitors to develop their creative potential through in-depth acquaintance with the artistic legacy of Paul Klee.

The Paul Klee Centre in Bern

The opening of the Paul Klee Centre in Bern in July 2005 was an important page in the history of 21st century museum life. In the eyes of its creators, this contemporary museum was to act as a cultural forum, enabling visitors to develop their creative potential through in-depth acquaintance with the artistic legacy of Paul Klee.

"The Levitan House of Landscape". Near Vladimir

Article: 
MUSEUMS OF RUSSIA
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Special issue. ISAAC LEVITAN

A landmark event happened on August 23 2008 in the village of Eliseikovo, in the Petushinsky District near Vladimir - the Levitan House of Landscape opened.

"The Levitan House of Landscape". Near Vladimir

A landmark event happened on August 23 2008 in the village of Eliseikovo, in the Petushinsky District near Vladimir - the Levitan House of Landscape opened.

The Levitan Memorial Museum in Plyos - Historical Highlights

Olga Nasedkina

Article: 
MUSEUMS OF RUSSIA
Magazine issue: 
Special issue. ISAAC LEVITAN

In June 2010 the town of Plyos marked its 600th anniversary. 50 years ago, in 1960, the day for the festivities was set on August 30, which coincided with the centenary of the birth of Isaac Levitan, the illustrious landscape artist. Many artists from Moscow and the city of Ivanovo responded to the artist Boris Prorokov's call to donate their paintings to Plyos. The new picture gallery, an establishment operated on pro bono basis, was opened in 1961; initially it was accommodated at a Plyos agricultural college, on Sobornaya Hill, in a building which before the revolution was occupied by a governmental agency. Later, in 1962, the gallery moved to the Voskresensky church near Torgovaya Square, not far from a boat quay.

The Levitan Memorial Museum in Plyos - Historical Highlights

In June 2010 the town of Plyos marked its 600th anniversary. 50 years ago, in 1960, the day for the festivities was set on August 30, which coincided with the centenary of the birth of Isaac Levitan, the illustrious landscape artist. Many artists from Moscow and the city of Ivanovo responded to the artist Boris Prorokov's call to donate their paintings to Plyos.

More Than Romanticism

Lyudmila Markina

Article: 
CURRENT EXHIBITIONS
Magazine issue: 
#1 2014 (42)

THE EXHIBITION "MORE THAN ROMANTICISM" WAS HELD FROM NOVEMBER 2013 TO JANUARY 2014 IN THE ENGINEERING WING OF THE TRETYAKOV GALLERY AS PART OF THE "EXCHANGE" YEAR OF CULTURAL COOPERATION BETWEEN RUSSIA AND HOLLAND. FOR THE FIRST TIME THE MOSCOW PUBLIC COULD SEE WORKS FROM THE TRETYAKOV GALLERY ALONGSIDE PAINTINGS FROM THE TEYLERS MUSEUM IN HAARLEM AND THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF JEF RADEMAKERS FROM BRASSCHAAT, A PROVINCE OF ANTWERP. BEARING IN MIND THE UNIQUE FEATURES OF THE TWO COLLECTIONS, THE CURATORS TRIED TO HIGHLIGHT BOTH THEIR SHARED FEATURES AND THEIR DIFFERENCES, AS WELL AS THE EUROPEAN AND THE NATIONAL ELEMENTS OF RUSSIAN AND DUTCH FINE ART. THE NAMES OF GREAT PAINTERS SUCH AS REMBRANDT VAN RIJN AND FRANS HALS, WHOSE MASTERPIECES ARE IN THE HERMITAGE'S COLLECTION OF THE GOLDEN AGE OF DUTCH ART, ARE WELL KNOWN TO THE RUSSIAN PUBLIC. THANKS TO THE FAMOUS FILM, THE YOUNGER GENERATION IS FAMILIAR WITH JOHANNES VERMEER'S PAINTING "GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING" (1665). THE ART OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS OF THE 1800-1850S, HOWEVER, IS ONLY KNOWN TO A SMALL CIRCLE OF ART EXPERTS. MEANWHILE, THE PAINTING TRADITIONS OF THE GREAT AND "LESSER" DUTCH MASTERS WERE CARRIED ON INTO A NEW HISTORICAL ERA, THAT OF ROMANTICISM.

More Than Romanticism

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THE NEW MUSEUM ASTRUP FEARNLEY IN OSLO

Sune Nordgren

Article: 
INTERNATIONAL PANORAMA
Magazine issue: 
Special issue. NORWAY–RUSSIA: ON THE CROSSROADS OF CULTURES

2012 has been a great year for the arts in Oslo – and in Norway. The new museum at Tjuvholmen (Thieves’ Islet) with its expected “Astrup Fearnley effect” should change the art scene in Oslo. Some of the city’s best galleries have already moved out to be under its wings and more will follow. With its density and its attractiveness to also other creative industries, not to mention all side-effects such as cafés, restaurants and shops, it will establish this new part of the city in years to come as Oslo’s first “gallery district”. Similar developments have previously happened in several cities around Europe, where the arrival of a major art institution has become a new hub of the creative wheel: London’s Tate Modern is such an example, where previously derelict neighbourhoods around the old power station were revitalized, and today are jointly presented as “Better Bankside”.

THE NEW MUSEUM ASTRUP FEARNLEY IN OSLO

2012 has been a great year for the arts in Oslo - and in Norway. The new museum at Tjuvholmen (Thieves' Islet) with its expected "Astrup Fearnley effect" should change the art scene in Oslo. Some of the city's best galleries have already moved out to be under its wings and more will follow. With its density and its attractiveness to also other creative industries, not to mention all side-effects such as cafes, restaurants and shops, it will establish this new part of the city in years to come as Oslo's first "gallery district".

BERGEN KUNSTHALL

Article: 
INTERNATIONAL PANORAMA
Magazine issue: 
Special issue. NORWAY–RUSSIA: ON THE CROSSROADS OF CULTURES

The largest collection of the prominent Norwegian artist Kaare Espolin Johnson (1907-1994) is held at the Espolin Gallery in Kabelvåg, Lofoten, which opened in 1992 as a municipal gallery on the basis of a donation from the artist. Espolin Johnson is well-known for his portrayal of the lives of coastal people in Northern Norway, and today the collection consists of 250 artworks. The local community is small with only 9,000 inhabitants, but over the summer season some 300,000 tourists visit the Lofoten Islands.

BERGEN KUNSTHALL

BERGEN KUNSTHALL IS A PROMINENT ARENA FOR INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ART. THE INSTITUTION HAS ITS ORIGIN IN THE BERGEN ART SOCIETY, WHICH WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1838 AND UP TO THIS DAY IT HAS REMAINED AN INSTITUTION WITH A FOCUS ON THE DISSEMINATION AND PRESENTATION OF ART FOR OVER 170 YEARS.

BERGEN KUNSTHALL IS A HIGHLY ACTIVE SPACE FOR CULTURAL PRAXIS, AND TODAY IT IS AN IMPORTANT FORUM FOR INNOVATIVE CULTURE ACROSS THE GENRE BOUNDARIES.

The First Fine Arts Museum in Russia

Veronica Bogdan

Article: 
MUSEUMS OF RUSSIA
Magazine issue: 
#1 2013 (38)

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS IN RUSSIA WAS AN INITIATIVE OF PETER THE GREAT. WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NATION'S NEW CAPITAL, THERE WAS AN INCREASING NEED TO LEARN ABOUT EUROPEAN SOCIAL AND CULTURAL TRADITION, AND THE MASSIVE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS GENERATED A DEMAND FOR QUALIFIED ARCHITECTS AND PAINTERS. THE WORKFORCE OF EUROPEAN PROFESSIONALS RECRUITED FOR THE TASK SOON PROVED INSUFFICIENT IN NUMBER, AND A SCHOOL OF DRAWING, CALLED "THE ACADEMY" BY PETER, WAS SET UP UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE ST. PETERSBURG PRINTING-HOUSE. HOWEVER, THE TSAR ENVISIONED AN INSTITUTION OF LEARNING WITH A CURRICULUM INCLUDING ARTS, SCIENCES AND CRAFTS.

The First Fine Arts Museum in Russia

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS IN RUSSIA WAS AN INITIATIVE OF PETER THE GREAT. WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NATION'S NEW CAPITAL, THERE WAS AN INCREASING NEED TO LEARN ABOUT EUROPEAN SOCIAL AND CULTURAL TRADITION, AND THE MASSIVE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS GENERATED A DEMAND FOR QUALIFIED ARCHITECTS AND PAINTERS. THE WORKFORCE OF EUROPEAN PROFESSIONALS RECRUITED FOR THE TASK SOON PROVED INSUFFICIENT IN NUMBER, AND A SCHOOL OF DRAWING, CALLED "THE ACADEMY" BY PETER, WAS SET UP UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE ST. PETERSBURG PRINTING-HOUSE.

Nesterov and Ufa

Svetlana Ignatenko

Article: 
MUSEUMS OF RUSSIA
Magazine issue: 
#1 2013 (38)

THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF MIKHAIL NESTEROV (1862-1942) WAS CELEBRATED AS A SPECIAL OCCASION IN HIS NATIVE CITY OF UFA. A MEMORIAL PLAGUE WAS UNVEILED AT THE LOCATION WHERE THE NESTEROV FAMILY HOUSE WAS ONCE SITUATED. A NATIONAL EXHIBITION "MV NESTEROV'S ART FROM RUSSIAN MUSEUMS, GALLERIES AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS" WAS ORGANIZED WITH THE PARTICIPATION WITH 22 MUSEUMS AND TWO PRIVATE COLLECTIONS. A NATIONWIDE RESEARCH CONFERENCE "1ST NESTEROV FORUM" AND THE 1ST NESTEROV ALL-RUSSIA ART COMPETITION FOR CHILDREN TOOK PLACE. A PARK NAMED AFTER NESTEROV WAS OPENED. THIS EXTENSIVE CULTURAL PROGRAMME WAS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF A NATIONAL PROJECT TO COMMEMORATE THE GREAT ARTIST'S HERITAGE.

Nesterov and Ufa

THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF MIKHAIL NESTEROV (1862-1942) WAS CELEBRATED AS A SPECIAL OCCASION IN HIS NATIVE CITY OF UFA. A MEMORIAL PLAGUE WAS UNVEILED AT THE LOCATION WHERE THE NESTEROV FAMILY HOUSE WAS ONCE SITUATED. A NATIONAL EXHIBITION "MV NESTEROV'S ART FROM RUSSIAN MUSEUMS, GALLERIES AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS" WAS ORGANIZED WITH THE PARTICIPATION WITH 22 MUSEUMS AND TWO PRIVATE COLLECTIONS. A NATIONWIDE RESEARCH CONFERENCE "1ST NESTEROV FORUM" AND THE 1ST NESTEROV ALL-RUSSIA ART COMPETITION FOR CHILDREN TOOK PLACE.

200 years of Moscow Kremlin Museums

Alexei Levykin

Article: 
HERITAGE
Magazine issue: 
#3 2013 (40)

The history of Russia's oldest museum, now named the "Moscow Kremlin" Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve has a long history. Its numerous collections originated in the 14th-early 15th centuries, during the reign of the first Grand Princes of Muscovy – Ivan Kalita, Dmitry Donskoi and Vasily I. In their wills, they bequeathed to their offspring golden caps, sabres, tableware and jewelled waist-belts, which soon came to be regarded by their contemporaries as ancestral relics that "protected the family" and symbolized its political power.

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THE HISTORY OF RUSSIA'S OLDEST MUSEUM, NOW NAMED THE "MOSCOW KREMLIN" HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL MUSEUM-RESERVE HAS A LONG HISTORY. ITS NUMEROUS COLLECTIONS ORIGINATED IN THE 14TH-EARLY 15TH CENTURIES, DURING THE REIGN OF THE FIRST GRAND PRINCES OF MUSCOVY - IVAN KALITA, DMITRY DONSKOI AND VASILY I. IN THEIR WILLS, THEY BEQUEATHED TO THEIR OFFSPRING GOLDEN CAPS, SABRES, TABLEWARE AND JEWELLED WAIST-BELTS, WHICH SOON CAME TO BE REGARDED BY THEIR CONTEMPORARIES AS ANCESTRAL RELICS THAT "PROTECTED THE FAMILY" AND SYMBOLIZED ITS POLITICAL POWER.

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