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William Morris and Elena Polenova in the UK

During the exhibitionInternational Arts and Craftsheld in the V&A in London in 2005, Abramtsevo’s arts and crafts movement was represented by just one object by Polenova: a wall cupboard. Assimilar ideas and artistic practises occurred in the UK and Russia at about the same time, the question raised if William Morris could have inspired Abramtsevo’s revival of the arts and crafts in Russia. Today, the London based Russian scholar, dr. Natalia Murray, made up the neglect, and showed the complete oeuvre of this remarkable Russian artist, Elena Polenova, at the

Photo impression exhibition opening "Francis and Nature"

Niel Steenbergen, De armoede van FranciscusDe gestigmatiseerde Franciscus
Everything was enchanting. Geen passender entourage voor de opening van de tentoonstelling "Franciscus en de natuur" was denkbaar. De jonge kunstenaar Pavel van Houten sprak het toegestroomde publiek in de prachtige kloostertuin van het Museum voor religieuze kunst op 28 juni jl toe. Een begaafd gitarist bracht muziek uit Franciscus' tijd, Albeniz en Messiaen ten gehore, terwijl een dolgelukkige dichter luidkeels zijn pasgemaakte gedichten declameerde. De wethouder (zie op foto hierboven in gesprek met de kunstenaar Rinke Nijburg) deed daar nog een schepje bovenop door het museumpersoneel een hart onder de riem te steken.

Elena Preis: Retrospective and Recent Works (2013)

The Ignatius Gallery in Amsterdam organised a Preis retrospective as part of the Netherlands-Russia Year 2013 earlier this year. It was a premiere of her oeuvre in the Netherlands, in which the artist made a clear statement. In September 2013 another major exhibition opened in the Otten Kunst Raum, where recent paper reliefs -and sculptures by Preis will be shown along works of her sculptor-friend Vasily Pavlovksy. The exhibition can be seen until 5 December in Hohenems (A).

Elena Preis was born in Stalinist Russia in 1937.

Mikhail Nesterov, Artist of Abramtsevo in Search of Holy Russia

Until 18 August 2013 the Nesterov-retrospective ‘Mikhail Nesterov. In search of his own Russia.To the 150 anniversary’ can be seen in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. An hommage to Nesterov and the Abramtsevo Artists' Circle (1870s-1890s).
 
Although memoirs, letters and chronicles, have been sidelined in academic art history to some extent, primary texts such as Elizaveta Mamontova’s personal memoirs, the chronicle of Abramtsevo’s circle and countless letters written by participants in the artists’ circle proved to be central to the entire literature on both Abramtsevo, Academic, and Realist art history.

Thirty icons from the Andrei Rublev Museum in the Netherlands

Andrei Rublev (1360-ca.1420) was one of the nine persons and the first icon painter sanctified by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1988. He was canonised during a solemn ceremony in the Trinity-H. Sergius Monastery in Sergiev Posad, where Rublev lived and worked for several years.[i] 
 
In 1982, Irina Vasilevna Vatiginoi was commissioned to create the first icon of the saint for the occasion by the Holy Synod. Although there is no way to verify if the image she crafted looked like him, the inscription confirms that the saint depicted in the icon is Andrei Rublev.

Opening expositie Elena Preis in Amsterdam

Het Nederland-Ruslandjaar is niet alleen bedoeld om de economische betrekkingen te onderstrepen. Er is ook oog voor de mens achter de handel, al vinden de staten elkaar minder in hun opvattingen over mensenrechten dan in de culturele dimensie. En is het niet juist de beeldende kunst die aan verbroedering een belangrijke en positieve bijdrage kan leveren? Het Ignatiushuis haakt bij deze gedachte aan, met een interessante expositie van het werk van Elena Preis, die op 28 april jl. werd geopend.

Ook de kunstenares zelf was aanwezig.
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