Last week, Berlin and many other German cities celebrated the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. For several decades, it divided Germany and its people. 
The Berlin Wall was an enlarged border between West and East Berlin. It was erected by order of the Soviet leadership in 1961. For a long time, the wall has been a symbol of the Cold War.
On May 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall was destroyed. Its fall signified the reunification of Germany and the beginning of the decline of the Soviet totalitarian system.


The exhibition "Museum of Pictorial Culture. To the 100th Anniversary of the First Museum of Contemporary Art" (Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow) is dedicated to the first Museum of Pictorial Culture, the first Russian museum of contemporary art. This museum was a branch of the Tretyakov Gallery from 1924 to 1929.
The exhibition includes more than 300 paintings, drawings, sculptures by the Soviet avant-garde artists. They originate from both Russian and foreign art collections.
The exhibition will be open until February, 23rd.


On 5 October 2019, there was a grandiose opening of the exhibition “The Fall of Haman: Rembrandt’s Picture in the Mirror of Time” at the State Hermitage Museum (Saint Petersburg, Russia). 
This year marks the 350th anniversary of the death of this prominent Dutch artist. This date is widely commemorated in the Netherlands and all around the world. Paying its own tribute to Rembrandt’s genius, the State Hermitage is presenting "The Fall of Haman", one of the most striking and mysterious Rembrandt's paintings. 
The exhibition will be open until January, 19th.


Starting October 2019, citizens of 53 countries including European countries and Schengen zone, can apply for a Russian electronic visa (e-visa).

Russian e-visa is an official document that allows entry to certain regions of Russia:
  • Saint-Petersburg&Leningrad region
  • Kaliningrad region
  • Far Eastern Federal District regions
To apply for a Russian e-visa, you will only need:
  • a valid passport with a validity period more than 6 months from the date of application
  • a recent digital photo that you will attach to the application (you can attach a photo taken with the front camera of your mobile phone, with a plain wall of light color in the background)
  • a travel medical insurance with coverage in the Russian Federation.
E-visa is issued electronically by the consular department of the Russian Federation. You can request it yourself from your home computer, through the following link – https://evisa.kdmid.ru/.


The exhibition takes place in Moscow in the building of the New Tretyakov Gallery (Krymsky Val, 10). It is dedicated to Vasily Polenov - one of the most prominent Russian artists of the second half of the 19th – the first decades of the 20th century. Polenov was a painter, an architect, a teacher, a theater artist, and a public figure.

At the exhibition, you will see about 150 works from both the state Russian museums and private collections. Landscapes, portraits, historical paintings, paintings of the Gospel series, architectural projects, and sketches of theatrical scenery cover different periods of Polenov’s career. 

The exhibition will be open until February, 16th.


On October 10, the Noble Prizes in Literature 2018 and 2019 were announced at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm.
The Noble Prize in Literature for 2018 is awarded to the Polish author Olga Tokarczuk "for the narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life". 
The Noble Prize in Literature for 2019  is awarded to the Austrian author Peter Handke "for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience". 


On 8 October 2019, the exhibition "Jaume Plensa. Carlota" begins. The exhibition is a part of the State Hermitage's annual project "Sculpture in the Courtyard".
The "Carlota" is a work by the Spanish artist Jaume Plensa.  He is mainly interested in the creation of the link between past and present, relationships between human beings and nature. Plensa also explores questions of existence. 
The "Carlota" is on display in the Great Courtyard of the Winter Palace. The work is the attempt of the artist to show the dialogue between contemporary and classical art from the Hermitage collection. 

The exhibition will be open until April, 12th.


The local council of the Stockholm district of Lidingö decided to ban begging. This is the first municipality of Stockholm County to introduce such a ban. In Sweden, several municipalities have already restricted or prohibited begging. These are Eskilstuna, Welling, Sölvesborg, Katrineholm, and Staffanstorp. Ten more out of 290 municipalities of Sweden have similar plans.

In the local council of Lidingö, the idea of ​​a ban has been discussed since last summer. Last Monday, the decision was finally made with a slight margin. 26 local deputies voted in favor, 25 - against. According to Daniel Callenforsh, chairman of the municipal council, begging is not a way out of poverty, and many residents of Lidingö do not feel safe. 

The ban on begging will apply in crowded centers: Baggeby torg, Breviks centrum, Gångsätra (Willys / Max), Käppala, Larsbergs centrum, Lidingö centrum, Näset, Rudboda centrum, Skärsätra, and Torsviks centrum.



An exhibition of the famous Flemish artist Jacob Jordaens opened at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (Moscow). It comprises 18 paintings and 31 drawings reflecting Jordaens’s artistic journey and the evolution of his style. 
Paintings from the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and the State Hermitage Museum (Saint Petersburg) make up the basis of the exhibition. 
Other museums are represented by such paintings as “Meleager and Atalanta” (Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts), “Christ and the Samaritan Woman” (Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum), “The Feast of the Bean King” and “Saint Paul and Saint Barnabas at Lystra” (Perm State Art Gallery).

The exhibition will be open until November, 30th.


The film about one of the most amazing geniuses in the history of mankind, "I, Leonardo", is released in worldwide distribution this week. 
With the help of modern technologies, the great works of the master and his inventions are recreated in the film. In a sense, this is an attempt to understand the personality of Leonardo, to unravel his genius. 
The film celebrates the genius of Leonardo, whose 500th anniversary the world cerebrates this year. 


“Memory says. The road through the war”, the largest 3D-panorama on the Great Patriotic War was opened in cultural space Sevkabel Port (Saint Petersburg, Russia).  In eight rooms with a total area of ​​more than 2000 square meters, the atmosphere of military events was recreated.
The exhibition was designed by Dmitry Poshtarenko and the team of the creative search association "Nevsky Battle".
Every visitor would be able to go the way of a soldier from the walls of his home to the Reichstag.

The exhibition will be open until May 2020.


The Lumiere Brothers Photography Center (Moscow, Russia) presents an exhibition of Harry Benson, known for his photographs of The Beatles of 1964-1966. It was these years that became the most important for the entire career of the Liverpool Four, the most productive and successful.
The exposition will include iconic shots of the Beatles. Among them, the Pillow Fight (1964), included in the list of 100 Most Influential Photos by Time magazine.
In addition to the pictures of the Liverpool four, the exposition consists of portraits of famous people of the 1960-1990s - politicians, athletes, musicians, actors.

The exhibition will be open until January 19, 2020.


In September, 279 fairs are organized in the Moscow region; which can be purchased food, clothes, dishes, toys, artisans and much more. 
At the fair, the farms and producers of 38 Russian regions and near abroad will be presented. 
Guests of the fairs will be able to take part in masterclasses and competitions, attend concerts, children’s shows, and tastings.


Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art (Saint Petersburg, Russia) presents an exhibition of iconic works by Mario Testino – the legend of fashion-photography. The exhibition presents Testino’s works done in the last two decades.
Here you can see the cover 7th Madonna’s studio album Ray of Light, a portrait of Lady Gaga, candid nudes of Demi Moore and Gisele Bündchen, photo of Keith Richards and Mick Jagger as well as much more.
The exhibition will be open until September, 29th.


Saint Petersburg restores from the Agio company complete recovery of sculptures from the Rostral columns. Allegorical figures of men and women symbolize Russian rivers Neva, Volga, Volkhov, and Dnieper.
Joseph Cumberlin and Jacques Thibault created these sculptures in the early 19th century. Last time they were renovated in 2003, in honor of the 300th anniversary of Saint Petersburg. Since then restoration solutions partially lost, and water started to get into the defects, breaking stone. Also, Rostral columns experience a lot of stress from tourists and traffic flow.
Sculpture restoration work began in May and will be completed by the middle of September.


Today in the Manege Hall of the Small Hermitage, a large-scale archaeological exhibition “Gods, People, Heroes” was opened, organized jointly with the National Archaeological Museum of Naples and the Archaeological Park of Pompeii. Visitors will be able to see the works of ancient art from Pompeii and Herculaneum. These cities were completely destroyed in the I century as a result of the eruption of Vesuvius. Guests will see more than 200 items: murals, mosaics, sculptures made of bronze and marble, objects made of glass and ceramics, bronze products.

The exhibition will be open until June, 23rd.


Ginza Project presented their concept of abandoned greenhouses renewal in the Tavrichesky Garden on the corner of Potemkina and Shpalernaya streets. Being destroyed for many years since the Soviet era, with an area of more than 26 thousand square meters. the space will be radically rebuilt and transformed into a modern public space with recreational, educational and gastronomic zones. The place is still seen as a concept, however local authorities are looking into developing this concept into a real project.


Dumskaya street will make a pedestrian zone on weekends and public holidays. The decision was made by the administration of the Central District of St. Petersburg. "Pedestrian Zone" and "Parking is prohibited" signs will be installed across the street, these will be valid along the entire length of the street.
This street was known for the pubs and nightclubs located on it, and this decision was quite reasonable, officials said.


On April 12th, in the Benois Wing of Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, an exhibition of works of Russian art will be opened: the Paleevic family, the Berezovsky family and the Naumov family will showcase their private collections to the public.
These collections began to take shape more than 40 years ago, even during the Soviet times.
The public will be able to see paintings, graphics, sculptures, applied art and numismatics, including works by Aivazovsky, Bakst, Vrubel, Kustodiev, Petrov-Vodkin and Repin.The exhibition will run until June 10, so do not hesitate to visit the Benois Wing when in the Russian Museum!


On April, 11th, in the Lower Park of Peterhof, the technical launch of fountains was held. Shortly before that, a snowfall covered St. Petersburg and its suburbs.
Weather forecasters noted that “winter has returned to the city for a couple of hours”.
Numerous eyewitnesses have shared on social networks unusual photos of working fountains partly covered with snow. Peterhof's authorities noted that that all fountains will begin work on April 27, and on May 18 the traditional Spring Fountain Festival will be held.
Spring came to St. Petersburg in mid-March - the air temperature does not fall below zero anymore. Despite this, on March 26 and April 8 snowflakes covered the city.

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