What Does Pussy Riot Mean Now?
"With all eyes on Russia, two members of the country’s most notorious band of shit-stirrers are free after nearly two years of political imprisonment and enjoying the rock-star treatment during their first trip to the U.S. But the group’s unlikely journey from art-school project to international icons shows just how rotten Russia has become and how much the mission has changed."
was the Popular Mechanics of the Soviet Union. The magazine, whose name means Technology for the Youth, had illustrations of everything from space stations
, computerized farming
, transport of the future
, friendly robots
, to more abstract images
. If you don't want to hunt through the archive
, Mythbuster's Tested website has a gallery of 201 great images
from the magazine.
Japanese Prints Online
- The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
provides an on-line catalogue for its collection of 18th- and 19th-century Japanese prints, which includes over 600 prints made by Japanese artists between the middle of the 18th century and the turn of the 19th century.
The Hermitage Museum
sits on the Neva River in St. Petersburg, it houses millions of works of art by the great masters, and since the 18th century, it has been protected by cats
. [more inside]
In 1986,[Vladimir] Horowitz announced that he would return to the Soviet Union for the first time since 1925 to give recitals in Moscow and Leningrad. In the new atmosphere of communication and understanding between the USSR and the USA, these concerts were seen as events of political, as well as musical, significance. [more inside]
Metro 2033: Multimedia Online Fiction. Cruel but beautiful
Russian shooter Metro 2033
and its upcoming sequel, Metro: Last Light
are arguably two of the most polished games to come out of a country better known for the buggy, idiosyncratic work of GSC Game World
and Ice-Pick Lodge
. Less well-known is the games' source material, a self-published, soundtrack-backed online novel of the same name
Voina are a group of revolutionary artists. The most controversial of all was Voina's final stunt before the arrests, which the artists called "Palace Revolution". Members overturned seven police cars, some of them with officers inside, at St Petersburg's Palace Square one night last September.
Obviously, a group called "war," is going to attract a certain amount of controversy
, but they're also going to attract some allies
Right now, they're just trying to dodge the fuzz. Who knows? Maybe they're just dicks
Russian Satirical Journals of 1905.
MeFi's own peacay
presents a selection of the amazing images produced after the lifting of censorship in Russia following the 1905 Revolution
: "For a few brief months the journals spoke with a great and unprecedented rage that neither arrest nor exile could silence. At first their approach was oblique, their allusions veiled, and they often fell victim to the censor’s pencil. But people had suffered censorship for too long." Much more available at Beinecke
, and Wisconsin
Tango With Cows
is an exhibition by the Getty Museum of the book art of the Russian avant-garde from 1910 to 1917, which included a performance of sound poetry, all captured on video
, both of Futurist poems, other historical sound poems, and contemporary works. Among performers are Christian Bök and Steve McCaffery. The exhibition takes its name from the book of ferro-concrete poems
, one of 21 books can be downloaded as PDFs
, most are by Alexei Kruchenykh but there are also works by Roman Jakobson, Vladimir Mayakovsky, David Burliuk, Andrei Kravtsov, Vasily Kamensky and Velimir Khlebnikov. These were all Futurists. [more inside]
Selections from a handmade military discharge scrap book and comic
made by a USSR army recruit, 1984-1986.
Anna Skladmann's Little Adults.
Photographs of the children of the ultra-rich in Russia.
of sketches and doodles, drawn on birch bark
, created by a child in Medieval Novgorod
Eufrosinia Antonovna Kersnovskaya
was a Russian woman who spent 12 years in Gulag camps and wrote her memoirs in 12 notebooks, 2,200,000 characters, accompanied with 680 pictures. How Much Is a Person Worth?
has all 12 notebooks online, in Russian, some images NSFW and disturbing. (Just click on no 1 to 12 to see thumbnails of notebooks.)
- Alex Klochkov's gallery of abandonment from the Soviet Union. There's next to no explanation of the photos, unfortunately. Indirectly via Retrospectacle
's post about the brain lab
The livejournal group ru_graphic
has been showcasing great artists for years, such as soamo
- a photo essay of Russia by Simon Roberts
. (via conscientious
Metafilter's own Fake
, Dan Reetz
, recently spent several months in the former Soviet Union; while there he managed to round up this great selection of Soviet Movie posters from 1921-1973
, as well as this interesting 1952 set of food drawings
from the government produced book "Tasty & Healthy Eating." Finally, bonus content for anyone jonesing for more soviet content, this Russian Winnie the Pooh
cartoon from the 1970s is fantastic. (via
Everyone loves pixel art
makes delightful lubki (sing. lubok), a form of Russian folk art, out of some well-known modern movies. Some information (in English) about the medium and its origins with many examples can be seen here
(warning: Java). Shamelessly ganked from AskMe. Thanks jonson!
The Nicholas Roerich Museum
in New York City, houses paintings by Nicholas Roerich
, a Russian artist
, who spent most of his life on the Indian-Tibetan
border, creating evocative images of night
in the Himalayan Mountains
. (more inside)
The Emperor's Bunker. "The Japanese, with sadness and irony, stressed that Hirohito couldn't even speak properly. This was partly to do with the fact that he didn't have to speak - people spoke in his name and he was isolated from real life"
", the third part in Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov
's 'Men of Power' tetralogy
after the gloom of Moloch (1999)
, about Hitler and Eva Braun, and the despairing tones of "Taurus
, focused on the wheelchair-bound Lenin in his death throes, "The Sun" seems almost upbeat. This, after all, is a film about reconciliation. More inside.
Buildings that never were: Unrealized
- grand scale architectural projects from the mid 1930s to the early 1950s.
The Amber Room
: [flash] Stolen
by the Nazis in WWII from the Catherine Palace
in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Amber Room remains one of the greatest missing treasures of Europe. The room has now been reconstructed
, and the search
for the original may have come to an unhappy end
Traditional Russian fairytales
with beautiful illustrations depicting scenes from the stories.
Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii
took three b&w photos of his subjects using red, green, and blue filters. Now, they've been digitally composited, and we have stunning
, authentic color photographs
in the early 1900's
by day a farm equipment researcher
(pdf), makes gorgeous Faberge-like
creations, haunting and whimsical
metaphors of war and peace
, and more in extreme miniature. Moscow reporters have entered him in a competition
(Russian-language page) for the strangest hobby practiced in Russia. Via the ever-brilliant aldaily.com
Russian artists and photographers.
Fatherland or Motherland.I was wondering why people say Motherland for Russia and Fatherland for Germany.I googled and didn't find an answer but did find an artistamp
exhibit that artistically tried to answer the question.1
.And at the same site found a collection of other cool artistamps.1
And also found a neat gallery
of cigarette packages from around the world.But my question still remains to be answered.(Oh,who cares,Motherland is where the vodka
Tarkovsky's Stalker coming as video game in 2003.
I always wondered how long it would take for a more artistically-informed bunch to come to the $18B/year video game market (bigger than Hollywood). Will our generation have its video-game counterparts to Faulkner and Fitzgerald? A David Foster Wallace or Don Delillo authored game? Are there other video games that can stand up as "Art?"
The Russian Avant-Garde Book
is an online version of the MoMA exhibit, featuring 112 books originally published in Russia during the intensely creative period between 1910 and 1934, before Stalin outlawed any style but social realism. The site is separated into three chronological themes and includes examples of futurist works, constructivist graphic design, children's books, propaganda, photography and photomontage, revolutionary imagery, architecture and industry, war themes, folk art and judaica...