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Russia

Russian museums follow Putin’s call for satellites in the regions

The Hermitage has opened a branch in Siberia, the Pushkin is renovating a Constructivist landmark in Samara and more agreements are in the works

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Conservation & Preservation

Looted in Germany by Stalin’s brigades, a restored goddess goes on view at the Hermitage

Bronze sculpture gets new wings in a collaboration with Berlin’s Antikensammlung

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Museum attendance

Influx of millions of Chinese tourists wreaks havoc for Russian museums

Electronic visas pave the way for ever greater visitors numbers, creating major logistical problems at Tsarskoe Selo and the Hermitage

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Exhibitions

Was Peter great? Moscow exhibition details tsar’s huge cultural impact

An avid patron of the arts and sciences, the emperor gave Russian society a new perspective on the world and elevated the country’s place within it

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Palmyra

Russia and Syria sign agreement to restore ancient city of Palmyra

Collaboration spearheaded by the State Hermitage Museum was made official in Damascus this week

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Exhibitions

Russia, Germany and France join forces for 'incomparable' travelling show of contemporary European art

Exhibition showing "unique slice" of art from Europe will coincide with the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War

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Russia

Moving to the suburbs: vast museum collections centre destined for 'New Moscow'

State Tretyakov Gallery among 23 Russian museums planning to store and show works near former killing field Kommunarka

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Russia

Art trove belonging to Russian billionaire fugitive found hidden in village near Moscow

Investigators find paintings and rare books missing from private museum belonging to banker Alexei Ananyev accused of alleged financial crimes

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Biennials & festivals

Moscow Biennale opening marred by 2017 controversy

Event’s president Julia Muzikantskaya accused of allegedly threatening artists and withholding payments

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GES-2

Russian billionaire's huge Moscow art hub—designed by Renzo Piano—will open in September 2020

Leonid Mikhelson says that the "frightening" cost that he had initially anticipated for the GES-2 complex has doubled

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Obituaries

Obituary: Nathalie Brooke, a leading figure in the preservation of Venice

A remarkable cultural ambassador in London's art, political, and musical scene and on return visits to her native Russia. One of the founders of Venice in Peril

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Exhibitions

Major Kandinsky show opens in Saudi Arabia as Vladimir Putin arrives for rare state visit

Cultural programme of Russian art launches to coincide with president's trip to the Gulf state to sign over $2bn worth of deals

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Museums

Staff quit in droves at Russian museum as ‘starvation wages’ bite

Deputy director’s swingeing salary cuts trigger resignations of around 50 employees at Moscow theatre museum

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Russia

Pushkin State Museum to take control of nine contemporary art centres across Russia

Handover from Russian culture ministry is expected to be completed in early 2020

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Restitution

Austria promises to return ancient artefacts to Russia that were taken as war trophies

An Austrian army officer took the 2,000-year-old objects from a war-damaged museum in the port of Temryuk at the end of the Second World War

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Conservation & Preservation

Moscow Kremlin Museums say ‘bravo!’ to restorers

State regalia, Russian icons and decorative pistols go on show in exhibition celebrating the hidden craft of conservation

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Russia

Putin grants Russian citizenship to collector Sergei Shchukin’s grandson ahead of blockbuster Pushkin show

André-Marc Delocque-Fourcaud urges Russia to reunite collection in Moscow

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State Russian Museum

State Russian Museum refurbishment cancelled amid protests

The renovation threatened the museum's architecture and collection, plaintiffs argued

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State Hermitage Museum

St Petersburg's State Hermitage ponders Saudi Arabia satellite museum

The Hermitage will also expand its presence in Crimea with a new cultural centre planned in Sevastopol

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Conservation & Preservation

Guggenheim launches conservation fellowship with help from Russian billionaire Vladimir Potanin

Initiative aims to boost Russian expertise in rapidly developing field of preserving contemporary art

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Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot member Veronika Nikulshina detained in Moscow on suspected drug charges

It is the second time in a month that the feminist activist has been arrested by police

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Openings

Uzbekistan opens new art centre to boost 'undeveloped' local scene

Moscow's Garage Museum of Contemporary Art is offering curatorial expertise as part of growing network of partnerships with post-Soviet countries

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Museums & Heritage

Nineteenth-century realists pull in mega-crowds as Russian museum attendance peaks

Exhibitions in Russia of homegrown artists attract proportionally greater numbers than blockbusters in other countries

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Russian man strolls through Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery in thong underwear

The latest bizarre incident at one of Russia’s most important institutions was an “unsanctioned performance” according to the museum

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Prizes

Caravaggio in the flesh at The Art Newspaper Russia’s annual prize ceremony

Actors, musicians, dancers and a famous Moscow film director, combined with lighting wizardry, celebrate the Russian art world

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Biennials & festivals

Authorities cancel activist youth festival in Russia's Far East

Officials raise concerns that the festival was promoting an LGBT agenda

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Museums & Heritage

Hermitage and Pushkin join forces to show stellar Russian collections of Modern art

The museums are pooling the divided collections of Sergei Shchukin and Morozov brothers for a quartet of exhibitions

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Loans

Hermitage and MoMA heads seek end to US-Russian loans freeze

Diplomats hint at future cooperation between the countries at Texas conference

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Books

Wish you were here: revolutionary postcards in Imperial Russia

Book collects pictorially subversive propaganda in a populist medium

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Private Museums

Grand opening of Russian billionaire’s power-plant museum is postponed to 2020

GES-2 will be part of Moscow's Museum Mile, linked to Garage, the Tretyakov and the Pushkin

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Art theft

Thief of Crimean painting at State Tretyakov Gallery apprehended

Brazen incident raises questions about museum security in Russia

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Is an art Cold War thaw coming? US and Russian museum leaders and diplomats to discuss loan freeze

Public conversation to be held in February will address long impasse on museum loans

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Museums & Heritage

Moscow residents petition Garage Museum to reject sponsorship from property developer

Activists say PIK Group's high-rise developments are environmentally unsafe and only aimed at making "super profits"

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Conservation & Preservation

Restored Soviet apartment listed on Airbnb takes guests back in time to ‘1930s Russian utopia’

The 35m sq. one-bedroom flat has been carefully renovated to include avant-garde furniture and design

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Technology

Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery develops blockchain app to bring Russian art to the world

Digital initiative will invite users to explore and sponsor more than 190,000 works in the collection

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Museums & Heritage

Staff at State Russian Museum take legal action to halt renovation

Senior employees claim the $17m project threatens the Mikhailovsky Palace building and its collections

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Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot to receive €37,000 compensation from Russia for human rights violations

European Court of Human Rights ordered payment over treatment of the group in pre-trial detention and treatment in court

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Russia

Russian police seize drawings by high school pupils under 'gay propaganda' law

Students’ parents complain and psychologists sent to school after art contest for International Day of Tolerance draws fire from authorities

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Monuments

Kant monument splashed with pink paint in Kaliningrad

Defacement may be politically motivated as nationalists see the veneration of the German figure as unpatriotic

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Politics

Mount Athos, the Greek peninsula that is home to 20 monasteries, is under threat after Ukraine wins approval to split from the Russian church

Russian pilgrims can no longer participate in services or sacraments there

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Exhibitions

Selfie-takers accidentally damage Goya and Dali works in Russia’s Yekaterinburg

A group of women send ‘Bravissimo!’ etching and ‘No’ print crashing to the ground, as one punter only just escapes being crushed

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Jamal Khashoggi

Russia announces major Kandinsky show in Saudi Arabia amid Khashoggi murder controversy

A small number of works by the Russian avant-garde artist are currently at “Davos in the Desert” conference to act as teaser for future exhibition

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Exhibitions

Citing 'rapidly developing' ties, Russian fund will take art exhibition to Saudi Arabia

Announcement comes as evidence mounts in slaying of the dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

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Architecture

New Russian cathedral to feature frescoes celebrating armed forces

Church is latest example of symbiosis between church and military patriotism

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Russian authorities force Gulag museum to close

Volunteer-run organisation has been based in former Soviet secret police headquarters for the past decade

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Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot protester Pyotr Verzilov ‘was probably poisoned’, doctors say

Medics in Berlin have not identified substance but are confident Russian will recover

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Protest

French court releases Russian protest artist Pyotr Pavlensky from pre-trial detention

Femen activists showed their support outside the courthouse by sewing their lips shut in a recreation of his first performance

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Politics

Pussy Riot supporter Pyotr Verzilov in critical condition after suspected poisoning

Activist who was recently imprisoned for Russian group's World Cup protest in July "lost his vision, speech and ability to walk"

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Leonardo da Vinci

‘Genuine’ Leonardo ‘sold’ for €72m on classified ads site Avito

The seller says that the painting, titled A Young Girl in Furs, was authenticated by the Stockholm art valuation firm Atelje Catellani

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Art market

Russia and Qatar cosy up at Cosmoscow as tensions continue in the Gulf

Moscow contemporary art fair features first Qatari contemporary art exhibition in Russia as the two countries try to foster cultural ties

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State Hermitage Museum

Putin demands ramping-up of cultural hub in annexed Crimea

State Hermitage Museum and Tretyakov are involved in arts centre in contested region

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Banksy

Banksy’s viral post about unauthorised Russian show is a sign of its success, organiser says

The street artist’s Instagram comment that the show has “nothing to do with me” set off an online debate about artists’ rights—which made him LOL

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Russia

Russian authorities stop Pussy Riot member from travelling to Edinburgh's Fringe festival

Maria Alyokhina had spent two years in prison for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”

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Russia

Action star Steven Seagal is 'deeply humbled' by his appointment as Russia's special envoy

The actor, who will be working on improving Russian-American relations including culture, was granted a Russian passport by Putin in 2016

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In the frame

Catnapped: abduction of moody moggie Begemot from Moscow museum sparks media frenzy

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Tretyakov clamps down on ‘illegal’ tours by banning visitors from discussing works of art

Ordinary groups are being targeted by the gallery’s guards for "exchanging views" about paintings in fight against bogus guides

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Disasters & destruction

Syrian museums seek Russian expertise to restore destroyed Palmyra sculptures

Ancient city occupied by Islamic State was retaken by Syrian army with Russian support in 2017

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Russia

Putin praises Moscow's urban development in wake of World Cup success

But Russian president's remarks at eighth Moscow Urban Forum angered preservationists

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Russia

Pussy Riot say they invaded pitch during World Cup final as political protest

Russian activist group describes performance as a tribute to dissident poet and artist Dmitri Prigov

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Private Museums

Moscow's Garage Museum still going strong at ten, despite co-founders’ split

Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova will continue to fund their contemporary art museum

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Politics

Founder of Museum of Russian Impressionism flees for the UK

Boris Mints’s institution says that exhibitions are continuing to run

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World Cup

Moscow erases legal graffiti to allow for World Cup advertising

Authorised works have been targeted alongside illegal ones

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Conservation & Preservation

Russia opens new exhibition centre dedicated to icons

The Grabar Art Conservation Center has launched the Ovchinnikov Ikonoteka space, which is named in honour of renowned restorer

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Conservation & Preservation

Pharmaceutical company pledges to restore beauty at the Hermitage

The Hungarian firm Gedeon Richter to fund three-year project to restore works from the Russian museum that relate to the concept of female beauty

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Siberian museum memorialises the Romanovs in house where they were imprisoned

Museum of the Family of Emperor Nicholas II in Tobolsk is Russia's first devoted to 'royal martyrs'

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Russia

Russian government urges museums to give discounts to World Cup visitors

Football fans get free entry at Tretyakov, but no special treatment at Hermitage

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Exhibitions

Juergen Teller tackles football’s highs and lows in Moscow show

Exhibition at Garage Museum includes stalker-like snaps of Pep Guardiola and live work charting Germany’s World Cup success—or failure

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Art market

Are Sergei Skripal sanctions hitting Russian buying and selling at UK auctions?

Hostile relations between Russia and the West following attempted poisoning of former MI6 spy may dampen bidding at London's Russian sales

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Russia

Famous Russian painting of Ivan the Terrible vandalised in Moscow

Man who confessed to being drunk on vodka tore painting in three places on Friday evening

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Philanthropy

Russian billionaire’s Peri Foundation will keep paying for culture after arrest

It is business as usual, says the organisation’s director, as its founder, Ziyavudin Magomedov, remains in custody awaiting trial on racketeering charges

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Conservation & Preservation

Caucasus government plans to beef up heritage laws to protect Medieval towers

The Russian republic of Ingushetia is hoping that improved conservation will lead to Unesco status

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Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

Russian minister issues Venice Architecture Biennale warning

Country's pavilion may be targeted as relations with the West deteriorate, Vladimir Aristarkhov says

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Moscow museum opens archives of Stalin's Gulag labour camps

New research centre helps descendants discover fate of their family members

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Artist interview

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The desire for paradise

Emilia Kabakov discusses the duo’s past in the USSR and their aim to stop it defining how they are perceived as artists

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Pushkin director turns her office into a surreal art installation

The lower level resembles Hogwarts, upstairs is a blindingly white “meditative space”