Sophia Kishkovsky

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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