Boris Indrikov – Velikie Veliki


Boris Indrikov - Velikie Veliki in the State Museum of Sports
Boris Indrikov – Velikie Veliki in the State Museum of Sports

I want to introduce to you Boris Indrikov – contemporary Russian artist, whom I was fortunate to meet in person. I was completely blown away by his Velikie Veliki project (in Russian, English adaptation), which was a mockery of pseudoscience and folk history. I won’t give you spoilers, but trust me – it’s a brain candy! Note: all the text in the Russian version was written by Boris on such a high level that it resulted in a holy war on Russian historical forums.

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Exhibition of Ivan Aivazovsky


Ivan Aivazovsky - Manoeuvres of the Black Sea Fleet in 1849 (1886). Oil on canvas.
Ivan Aivazovsky – Manoeuvres of the Black Sea Fleet in 1849 (1886). Oil on canvas.

This Thursday I’ve finally visited the exhibition of Ivan Aivazovsky (1817-1900) in the Tretyakov Gallery devoted to the 200th anniversary of his birth. Continue reading “Exhibition of Ivan Aivazovsky”

Happy 868th Birthday, Moscow!


Apollinary Vasnetsov — Moscow Kremlin, 1897.
Apollinary Vasnetsov — Moscow Kremlin, 1897.

#RussianSaying: a Tomtit in the Hands is Better than a Crane in the Sky


Ivan Bilibin - Ivan Tsarevich catching the Firebird's feather, 1899.
Ivan Bilibin – Ivan Tsarevich catching the Firebird’s feather, 1899.

Лучше синица в руках, чем журавль в небе (lúchshe sinítsa v rukákh, chem zhurávl’ v nébe).

Literally: a tomtit in the hands is better than a crane in the sky.

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Nicholas Roerich: The Messenger (Tribe Has Risen Against Tribe)


Nicholas Roerich - The Messenger (Tribe Has Risen Against Tribe), 1897.
Nicholas Roerich – The Messenger (Tribe Has Risen Against Tribe), 1897.

In 1897 Nicholas Roerich graduated from the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg. “The Messenger” was his diploma work. It was bought by Russian businessman and art collector Pavel Tretyakov.

Leo Tolstoy told Roerich:

“Have you ever had to cross a fast river on a boat? You should always reign above the place where you need to, otherwise the river will drift you off the course. And in the field of moral requirements one should always steer higher – life will carry away everything. Let your messenger keep the rudder very high then he will reach the destination!”