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”

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#RussianProverb: A Bird Is Known by Its Flight


Aleksey Savrasov - The Rooks Have Come Back, 1871.
Aleksey Savrasov – The Rooks Have Come Back, 1871.

Видна птица по полёту (vidná ptítsa po polyótu).

Literally: a bird is known by its flight.

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#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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Russian Dali of German Descent? Exhibition: “The Mythmaking of Maks Haase”.


Exhibition of the Russian painter of German descent Maks Haase (1938-1998) took place in Moscow at the end of January/beginning of February at Kino Gallery. Besides paintings, the exhibition included the so-called ‘goreliens‘ (made of wool and acrylic) – Haase derived this word by combining the words ‘gorelief’ (‘high relief’ in Russian) + ‘gobelen’ (tapestry). Due to Haase’s strong interest in the unconscious, mythology, archetypes, etc., which was reflected in his works, and some similarities in his artistic manner with that of Salvador Dali I heard several people label him as the Russian Dali. Do you agree with this statement?