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February 2, 2022, 11:33

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We get acquainted with virtual exhibitions that open in February.

You can visit exhibitions without checking the work schedule of the institution, without thinking about entrance tickets and without leaving your home at all. Every month, Moscow museums, galleries and exhibition halls prepare new interesting online expositions. In the last month of winter, it will be possible to get acquainted with the historian Georgy Gabaev and find out why he was nicknamed Remeshkov at the beginning of the 20th century, see a series of works created by Ilya Glazunov in war-torn Vietnam, and read documents from the time of the defense of Moscow, which were considered lost for a long time. Details can be found in the material mos.ru.

“Vnukov pilots in the Italian city of Bari, 1944-1945: foreign mission” of the cultural center “Vnukovo”

Dates: February 9 – December 31

Age limit: 12+

Day of Civil Aviation Worker, which is celebrated annually in Russia on February 9, Museum of the History of the Vnukovo District will celebrate with the opening of an online exhibition dedicated to the history of the assistance of Vnukovo pilots to Yugoslavia in 1944-1945. The exhibition is based on photographs from the personal archive of Nikolai Okinin, one of the participants in the events.

The Special Purpose Aviation Group (AGON), made up of pilots from the Vnukovo 1st Air Transport Division, was based behind enemy lines, in the Italian city of Bari. Within three months, the group completed 972 sorties. Soviet pilots delivered over 1,000 tons of ammunition, medicines and other cargo to the Yugoslav army, transported 5,367 people, including more than 1,600 wounded. One of the most important operations was carried out on the night of June 4, 1944, when AGON removed from the enemy encirclement the employees of the Supreme Headquarters of the Yugoslav Army, led by Marshal Josip Broz Tito.

“Strap historian” of the panorama museum “Battle of Borodino”

Dates of behavior: February 6 – December 31

Age limit: 12+

New virtual exhibition Panorama Museum “Battle of Borodino” dedicated to the 145th anniversary of the birth of the military historian, archeographer, theorist and museum practitioner Georgy Gabaev (1877–1956), who became famous for his work in the field of military history.

Georgy Solomonovich served for 16 years in the Life Guards Sapper Battalion, at the same time being one of the founders and senior staff of the Imperial Russian Military Historical Society. The exhibition will present book and magazine publications related to the heyday of Gabaev’s scientific activity in 1907-1914.

His work was often misunderstood and criticized by his contemporaries. Georgy Gabaev wrote: “I assigned a very large place to the history of uniforms and banners – I was outraged by the gross mistakes of battle-players, directors of films and theater plays and authors of historical novels, and their neglect of historical truth on these issues.” Because of this bias, Gabaev was attributed to the number of “strap” historians, that is, those interested in trifles. However, he himself did not deny this epithet, noting that it is partly fair, “although it shows an underestimation of the importance of uniform and sign studies as special disciplines in the history of material culture.”

“Days and Nights of Vietnam” of the Moscow State Art Gallery of the People’s Artist of the USSR Ilya Glazunov

Dates: February 8 — December 18

Age limit: 16+

In February 1967, Ilya Glazunov, together with the writer Sergei Vysotsky, went on a creative business trip to war-torn Vietnam as a special correspondent for one of the newspapers. The trip resulted in a series of 150 graphic and painting works – a kind of diary of one of the largest military conflicts of the twentieth century, which lasted from 1955 to 1975. Many of Glazunov’s drawings were created in the trenches during the hostilities, and the artist worked on paintings, such as the painting “Awakened Vietnam”, upon his return to Moscow.

“André Sentorence. Seventeen years in Soviet camps” of the Gulag History Museum

Dates: February 10 — December 31

Age limit: 12+

She was born in 1907 in the French town of Mont-de-Morsin in a peasant family, having matured, went to work in Paris, where she married an employee of the Soviet embassy. In 1930, the couple moved to Moscow, where they soon divorced. In 1935, Andre Sentorens, who turned into the USSR Clotilda Andre Petrovna, became the common-law wife of Nikolai Matsokin, a professor of Oriental languages. In 1937, Matsokin was shot, and Sentorens was arrested.

After serving two terms in the camps and returning to France in 1956, she published the book Seventeen Years in Soviet Camps in Paris. New online exhibition Museum of the History of the Gulag will be devoted to the Russian edition of memoirs. Documents and photographs from Russian and French archives and private collections will tell about the life of a strong woman at the exhibition.

“Watercolor in the work of the People’s Artist of the USSR, Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts A.M. Shilov” of the Moscow State Art Gallery of the People’s Artist of the USSR A. Shilov

Dates: until March 30

Age limit: 6+

February 2 on the portal “Museum Moscow online” A virtual exhibition has opened presenting watercolor works by the People’s Artist of the USSR, Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts Alexander Shilov, painted in 2020 and 2021. At the exhibition you can see both new paintings and author’s repetitions of earlier works. Among the latter are versions of the artist’s self-portrait painted in 1965, as well as “Portrait of a Daughter” (1986).

“8 DNO in the battles for Moscow” of the State Museum of Defense of Moscow

Dates: February 10 – February 10, 2023

Age limit: 12+

Behind the designation “8 DNO” in the name of the exhibition is the 8th division of the people’s militia of the Krasnopresnensky district, which entered the battle with the German troops on October 4, 1941 and actually ceased to exist two days later. Lost in those terrible battles were the documents of the division, but not all. In October 1994, 12 kilometers from the city of Vyazma, political reports were found to the military commissar of the 22nd rifle regiment of the 8th Krasnopresnenskaya division of the people’s militia.

In July 1998, the archive was transferred to the State Museum of Defense of Moscow, where painstaking work began on deciphering them. Documents that can be seen on exhibition, talk about the morale of the fighters, about combat training, about the exhausting work on the construction of defensive structures and about problems with catering.

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

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