10 symbols of Russia illuminated by the Circle of Light
Monday. In the final of the “Russia 10” contest , whose goal was to designate the 10 most authentic and most-beloved places for Russians, there were 4 whole Kremlins: Kolomensky one and the Kremlins in Pskov, Rostov, and Nizhny Novgorod (in photo). The most disputable in the Internet were top two contenders: the Kolomensky Kremlin and the Heart of Chechnya Mosque in Grozny, Chechnya. The winner? Friendship.
Tuesday. This week, the International Festival of Light wrapped up in Moscow. Spectators could see various projects and light shows at 5 locations, among which was the Manezh exhibition hall (in photo). Young artists from different countries gathered in the Russian capital for this event.
Wednesday. Alexei German, Sr.’s last movie, “Hard to be a God” will be shown to a wide audience at the Rome Film Festival in November. Scenes from the movie were shown this week. The president of the Rome Film Festival, Marko Mueller; the director’s wife & the script’s co-author, Svetlana Karmalita; and the lead actor, Leonid Yarmolnik (from left to right) took part in the press conference.
Thursday. In post-modern times, we constantly encounter unusual combinations of pop culture and classics. This painting here can be seen on the wall of a building on Tverskaya Street, in the very center of Moscow: on the canvas is Boris Kustodiev’s “The Merchant’s Wife”. From the famous series “Russian Beauties”, the heroine is stretched out drinking tea in a Stormtrooper’s mask from “Star Wars” (NB! with a Louis Vuitton print).
Friday. In Russia, there’s no such thing as “too much”: if you’re drinking “a little tea”, then it’s a whole tea pot; if you’re eating bliny (Russian pancakes), then it’s 15-20 at once, and if possible, with caviar. Or how’s about with a mountain of whipped cream and berries like we have in the picture. For a more diet-minded menu, this week, we suggest fish cakes.
Saturday. Graffiti has long held the reputation of protest art. Jean-Michel Basquiat worked with Andy Warhol, but started out painting illegal graffiti. Banksy is one of the most famous street artists who continues to hide his real name and face from the public due to the threat of punishment. But in Russia, we see that graffiti can be more than just the art of protest; it can be an extremely loyal and supports traditional values.
Sunday. Danila Polyakov is one of the most weird men in the Russian modeling industry. The tall, green-eyed young man with a svelte figure and long, red hair can easily be confused with a girl: androgyny has long been Polyakov’s calling card. If this image doesn’t fit your world view, read about more traditional representatives from the modeling industry, such as famous designer Valentin Yudashkin, whose exhibit is opening at the Pushkin Museum.