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The Garden Ring Museum tells how they drank tea in Moscow in the 19th century, the Cosmonautics Museum celebrates the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s flight, the Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve promises a trip to medieval Venice, and the 21st Century Gallery introduces such a direction of art as livre d ‘artiste.

Date: until April 28

Address: Bolshoy Nikolopeskovsky lane, 11

On April 1, an exhibition of portraits of the composer was opened in the exhibition hall of the Scriabin House Museum Media Center. Scriabin was familiar and even friendly with many painters and graphic artists, and some of them enjoyed portraying him. However, these portraits are only a part of the exposition, which is based on photographs.

Alexander Scriabin was born in an era when portrait painters began to give way to photographers. Thanks to this, the composer’s life was recorded in sufficient detail. Many of his portraits have survived, from which he appears in different images: a touching baby, a young cadet, a student, a young dandy, a recognized musician.

Dates: until June 30

Address: Prospect Mira, house 14, building 10

Meshchanskaya Sloboda is one of the oldest districts, which in the 19th century became the center of Moscow tea drinking traditions. Two merchant dynasties lived here on 1st Meshchanskaya Street (now Prospect Mira), whose representatives – tea merchant Sergei Perlov and porcelain manufacturer Matvey Kuznetsov – contributed to the popularization of the overseas drink.

The exhibition, which opened on April 5, tells about how and what kind of tea the inhabitants of the settlement drank, how they spent their time at the samovar, which tea houses they loved. The exposition includes items from the museum’s collection.

Dates: April 8 – May 9

Address: Kremenchugskaya street, house 22

The exhibition presents a retrospective of Valery Korchagin, a Russian graphic artist who is also involved in installation and book art. Korchagin’s works are kept in the collections of many Russian museums – the State Hermitage and the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, the State Museum of Fine Arts named after A.S. Pushkin, the State Museum of V.V. Mayakovsky in Moscow and others. The exhibition in the Gallery of the XXI century will feature the project “Wool and Potatoes”, created in 2013 on the basis of the archive of the Soviet livestock breeder Ivan Skotinin found in an old village house, as well as works created in the livre d’artiste genre from 1992 to 2020.

Livre d’artiste, or an artist’s book, is a trend in art that originated in France at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. This is the name of a work of art in which the artist works not only on illustrations and content, but also on all other elements. Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and other artists worked in this direction, as well as the Russian futurists David Burliuk, Aleksey Kruchenykh, Velimir Khlebnikov. Today, livre d’artiste remains one of the most important areas of contemporary art.

Dates: April 10-28

Address: Ilyinka street, 4

The name of the sculptor and artist Elvira Yeropkina is well known to art historians, critics, collectors and simply lovers of artistic porcelain. After graduating from the Leningrad Higher School of Industrial Art named after V.I. Mukhina, she came to the art laboratory of the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory. From 1974 to 1992, she worked there as a porcelain artist, engaged in the creation of new sculptural forms, sketches for painting objects of mass and serial production. Critics saw in her works a continuation of the ideas of the porcelain painters of the 1920s – 1930s, Elena and Natalia Danko.

The artist spent the last 10 years of her life in Israel, where she continued to create. Today, the author’s samples of her works are kept in the Hermitage, the State Museum of Russian History, the Kuskovo estate museum. The exhibition in the Manezh presents items from the artist’s personal collection, including works presented to her by her colleagues at the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory.

Dates: April 12 – September 12

Address: Prospect Mira, 111

The large-scale exhibition, timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s flight, will present documents and personal belongings of the first cosmonaut, which were kept for a long time in museums throughout the country and in personal archives. One of the central exhibits will be a genuine descent vehicle of a single-seat spacecraft of the Vostok series, on which the first space flight in the history of mankind was made on April 12, 1961.

Also among the exhibits are Gagarin’s birth certificate, an airplane made by him in childhood; the desk at which he sat during his studies at the Lyubertsy vocational school; a huge ladle for casting metal, with which the future astronaut worked at the furnace. In addition to various artifacts, the exposition will also include models and reconstructions. Viewers will be able to see, for example, a recreated dugout in which the Gagarin family lived during the war, and a model of the ejection seat of the Vostok spacecraft.

Dates: April 14 – July 4

Address: Vavilova Street, 57

The exhibition is a continuation of the Meet the Reserves! Festival dedicated to the importance of biodiversity conservation on the planet, protected areas of Russia and the role of the volunteer movement in the life of reserves and national parks. The art project “A Shard of Ancient Beringia”, created by artists Maria and Alexandra Suvorov, Anna Platonova and biologists Nikita Ovsyanikov and Irina Menyushina, is dedicated to the northernmost nature reserve in Russia, Wrangel Island. It brings together art, wildlife photography and natural science exhibits from the museum’s holdings.

“Wrangel Island” is called the nature reserve of time: here the Pleistocene landscapes, plants and animals – contemporaries of the mammoth are preserved intact. It is home to many species of the Beringian flora and fauna, some of which are not found anywhere else in the world.

Dates: April 17 – June 13

Address: Starokonyushenny lane, 39

The name of the exhibition is associated with the correspondence between the symbolist poet Vyacheslav Ivanov and the literary critic Mikhail Gershenzon. In the summer of 1920, they found themselves roommates in a Moscow health resort for workers in science and literature and began to exchange notes. Subsequently, the publication of their dialogue became one of the important events in the history of Russian artistic thought.

The exhibition, which for the first time presents the stock collection of the A3 gallery and the Moscow Exhibition Halls association, to which it is part, can also be called a dialogue. On the one hand, there are the sensual works of Marina Leizgold, Vladimir Bashlykov, Tatyana Markova, Inna Ivanova, Khsara Gassiev, on the other, the rational works of Klara Golitsyna, Alexander Pankin, Alexander Trifonov, Viktor Umnov, Nikolai Kasatkin, Marina Kastalskaya, Tatyana and Sergey Kostrikov. The curator of the exhibition is Vitaly Patsyukov.

Dates: April 27 – August 29

Address: Dolskaya street, building 1

The large-scale exposition, which will occupy nine halls of the Tsaritsyn Bread House, is dedicated to the Venetian Republic of the 18th century and the Venice Carnival. Each new room is a new stage with decorations that recreate, for example, the house of a Venetian nobleman, the boudoir of a society lady or the office of a wealthy merchant. A special section of the exhibition will allow you to imagine the smells of Venice of that time – here you will find a perfumery exposition that brings together the aromas of oriental spices, leather, amber and sandalwood.

The exhibition “Under the Mask of Venice” has two curators – Daria Kolpashnikova from the Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve and Chiara Squarcina from the Fund of Venice City Museums.

Dates: April 28 – December 31

Address: Malaya Gruzinskaya Street, 15

The exhibition is dedicated to the life and scientific activities of the Soviet microbiologist Zinaida Ermolyeva. She synthesized the antibiotic crustosin from a fungus of the species Penicillium crustosum in 1942, at about the same time that penicillin, discovered by the British bacteriologist Alexander Fleming, began to be used in the world. The scientist’s discovery helped save hundreds of thousands of Soviet soldiers. Madame Penicillin – this is how her foreign colleagues called Ermoliev.

The exposition will acquaint with the main milestones of the biography of the scientist, present her most important scientific achievements. Among the exhibits are items from the laboratory of a microbiologist – samples of materials and equipment.

When planning a cultural outing, be sure to keep health guidelines in mind to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Visitors must wear masks, gloves, and maintain social distance. No more than 50 people can be in the halls at the same time, so the capital’s cultural institutions sell tickets for sessions.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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