Big In Japan

What a Freedom!
“What a Freedom!” – Ilya Repin 1903

An exhibition of Russian music, theatre, film, circus and dance opened in Tokyo earlier this July. The festival will feature productions by the Bolshoi and Mariinsky theaters, folk music troupes, and the work of filmmakers such as Alexander Sokurov. It ends on November 5th.

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Currently, there are also two exhibitions of Russian art showing at museums in Japan. “The Greatest Treasures of the Russian Czars” will remain at the National Museum of Art, Osaka until Sept. 17. “Masterpieces of the State Russian Museum From the Late 18th Century to the Early 20th Century,” ended its run at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum July 8th, but will be traveling the country until May. This show includes over 100 paintings and features the work of Peredvizhniki (or ‘Wanderers’) such as Ivan Kramskoi and Ilya Repin, masters of Russia’s ‘Golden Age.’ The strength, conviction and humanism of these artists make them well suited to a cross-cultural dialogue.

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Author: Barry O'Keefe

Artist/printmaker from Richmond, Va

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