Editor's Pick

The 10 Best Exhibitions in Moscow This Winter

As we get further into winter when the days dwindle into dusk in no time, we inevitably spend more time indoors. Luckily, it's also the season when the most significant exhibitions land in Moscow so we have another good reason not to go outside. We've rounded up the best exhibitions of the season you wouldn't want to miss. 

Pablo Picasso. Olga Khokhlova

The new blockbuster exhibition run in collaboration with the Picasso Museum in Paris is soon to land at the Pushkin Arts Museum. It explores the Russian trace in Picasso's life and art 100 years after his marriage to the Russian ballet dancer Olga Khokhlova - Picasso's first wife and artistic muse. The Pushkin Arts Museum will bring together Picasso's paintings and drawings of Olga and their son Paulo from the Paris Picasso Museum and private collections, as well as the unique family photographs that Olga sent to her Russian relatives in the 1920s.

Dates: 20 November 2018 - 3 February 2019

Address: The Pushkin Arts Museum. Main Building. 12 Volkhonka St.

Viva La Vida. Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

After pulling off an incredibly popular exhibition of Frida Kahlo's and Diego Rivera's works in St Petersburg, The Faberge Museum brings the collection of 90 paintings, drawings and lithographs to Moscow. The exhibitions features both early and late works of Kahlo and Rivera coming from Mexico's Dolores Olmedo Museum, Moscow's Pushkin Arts Museum and Rivera's grandson's private collection. It's a rare chance to see the joint exhibition of this legendary couple whose artistic worlds, although very different, complement each other in a unique way.

Dates: 21 December 2018 - 22 February 2019

Address: Moscow Manege. 1 Manege Sq.

Ilya & Emilia Kabakov. Not Everyone WIll Be Taken Into the Future

A large-scale exhibition of the pioneers of installation art Ilya & Emilia Kabakov has finally arrived to Moscow after being displayed first at Tate Modern in London and then at the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. It's the first major exhibition of the Kabakovs in Russia since their departure from the Soviet Union in the 1980s. The exhibition comprises of three 'total' installations spread over the biggest halls of the New Tretyakov Gallery: The Man Who Flew Into Space from His Apartment recreating a Soviet-style communal flat, Labyrinth dedicated to Ilya Kabakov's mother and Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into the Future with a full-scale model of a train receding into the distance. 

Dates: 7 September 2018 - 13 January 2019

Address: The New Tretyakov Gallery. 10 Krymsky Val St.

Mikhail Larionov

Another major retrospective presented in the New Tretyakov Gallery this season features the works of Mikhail Larionov, one of the founders of Russian avant-garde and one of the most important Russian painters of the 20th century. He was the first avant-garde artist to be featured in the Tretyakov Gallery in 1907, as well as the founder of several prominent artist groups and initiator of Rayism and Neo-Primitivism movements in Russia. Larionov was not only a painter, but also an experimental researcher, graphic artist, book illustrator, publisher, designer, choreographer and art collector, and the new exhibition traces his stylistic development and evolution going far beyond his iconic works.

Dates: 19 September 2018 - 20 January 2019

Address: The New Tretyakov Gallery. 10 Krymsky Val St.

The Fabric of Felicity

The new international project run by the Garage Museum explores the world of clothes beyond the context of fashion industry. Featuring over 40 artists from all over the world, from Soviet avant-garde artists and Brazilian underground movement leaders to a new generation of international artists, the exhibition explores clothing as a means of communicating social identity, traditions and personal story. 

Dates: 12 September 2018 - 27 January 2019

Address: Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. 9/32 Krymsky Val St.

Nissky. Horizon

Little known outside the former Soviet Union, Soviet artist Georgy Nissky was the founder of the so-called Severe Style and one of the pioneers of industrial landscape painting. The new exhibition traces the trajectory of Nissky's art from the works of his teachers - Peter Konchalovsky, Nicholas Roerich and Alexander Deyneka among them - to his photographs and later works as one of the most prominent Soviet artists. 

Dates: 14 September 2018 - 27 January 2019

Address: Institute of Russian Realist Art. 7 Derbenevskaya Embankment

Isaac Levitan and Cinematography

The author of some of the most poignant and moodiest rural landscapes in Russian art history, Isaac Levitan was a Russian painter and art professor of Jewish descent. The focus of the new exhibition held at the Jewish Museum is at Levitan's influence on Soviet cinematography, where the artist's works are juxtaposed with the scenes from the films of Sergei Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky, Andrei Konchalovsky, Alexander Sokurov, Andrey Zvyagintsev, and others.  

Dates: 4 October 2018 - 20 January 2019 

Address: Jewish Museum & Tolerance Centre. 11/1A Obraztsova St.

Viktor Pivovarov. The Moscow Album

One of the founders of the Moscow Conceptualism art movement, Viktor Pivovarov is known for his metaphysical paintings interweaving fantastic and realistic elements. The new exhibition features his new cycle of paintings 'Moscow, Moscow!', as well as several of his earlier albums, some of which have rarely been displayed before, including his drawings and sound installations.

Dates: 24 October 2018 - 3 February 2019

Address: Multimedia Art Museum. 16 Ostozhenka St.

David Burliuk. I Speak Out!

Dubbed 'the father of Russian Futurism' by Vasily Kandinsky, David Burliuk was a flamboyant artist and radical poet, also known as the co-author of the manifesto 'A Slap in the Face of Public Taste.' The latest exhibition draws on this enfant terrible's early works in Impressionist manner and his gradual evolution towards Futurism, as well as some of his later works created in immigration in Japan and the United States.

Dates: 4 October 2018 - 27 January 2019

Address: Museum of Russian Impressionism. 15/11 Leningradsky Prospect

'Les Soirées de Paris' of Baroness Oettingen, Rousseau, Modigliani, Apollinaire, Survage, Ferat

In the beginning of the 20th century, the salon of Baroness d'Oettingen in Monparnasse was the epicentre of Paris' cultural life, which brought together the likes of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, Henri Matisse and Henri Rousseau, Guillaume Appolinaire and Jean Cocteau. The new curation recreates the life of the salon in the heyday of the Paris avant-garde, sharing the story of its patron and exhibiting the works of its famous participants, including Picasso, Léger and Rousseau. 

Dates: 25 September 2018 - 13 January 2019 

Address: The Pushkin Arts Museum. 19-20th Century European and American Art Building. 14 Volkhonka St.

Ezra Stoller. The Pioneers of American Modernism

Ezra Stoller studied to become an arhcitect, but instead became the most influential architectural photographer of the 20th century. Stoller is particularly famous for his photos of American modernist architecture which he captured in its heyday and helped make it mainstream. It's the first exhibition of his works in Russia spanning from the 1930s to the 1970s, along with the works of Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa.

Dates: 20 September 2018 - 3 February 2019

Address: The Lumiere Brothers Centre for Photography