Cultural route

What connects Stalin, the USA, the mafia, lemons and bananas: Fruits and their role in history
You never know when and how a seemingly trifle will affect the politics or economies of countries. Here, for example, fruit. With Rodari, they generally do politics personally, with the…

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How philanthropist Savva Mamontov revived Russian ceramics: Unique majolica Abramtseva
Everyone knows about the influence that philanthropist Savva Mamontov had on patronage of Russian culture, who gathered the greatest artists at his Abramtsevo estate. But special attention is required to…

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10 skillful fakes that museums took for originals
Artistic fakes are a very real threat that museums constantly have to contend with. Fake artifacts appear in many museums from time to time, which can be displayed for several…

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Poster of the exhibition “Louis Vuitton Foundation Collection” in Moscow

Wealthy companies collect art for two reasons. Because they are responsible businessmen, investing part of superprofits in something rational, kind, eternal. And because works of art are a good investment. Over the years, cultural values ​​go up. The collection of companies has more miscalculation than flavoring. The Louis Vuitton Foundation’s collection is generally a twentieth-century star. It is enough to simply list the names in order to understand whether it is necessary to go to the exhibition: Alberto Giacometti, Yves Klein, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Christian Boltanski, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Marina Abramovich, Maurizio Cattelan, Andreas Gursky. All this luxury is a response gesture of the foundation to our Pushkin Museum to them. Pushkin, who in 2016-2017 sent his best works to the exhibition “Masterpieces of new painting. Collection of Sergei Schukin ”in the Louis Vuitton Foundation (Paris). Continue reading

The Prado Museum in Madrid

The Prado Museum in Madrid is popular with both tourists and locals. This museum houses one of the most significant collections of art objects worldwide, plus temporary exhibitions are regularly held in the museum. The museum is definitely worth a visit, even if you are not very familiar with the world of art, as it stores very beautiful paintings that hide a lot of interesting stories.

The paintings in the museum’s collection date from the period between the 12th and 19th centuries.

Among the works of various artists represented in the museum, there are also the works of such celebrities as Goya, Rubens and Murillo. In addition, the museum always has new exhibitions, so there is always something to see there. The dimensions of some paintings alone make a strong impression, even if you are not a big connoisseur of art. But even then, I believe that the Prado Museum is interesting enough to hold you there for a couple of hours.
If you want to learn more about the history of museum masterpieces, then you can buy an audio guide and a printed guide in the Prado Museum itself. Continue reading

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Unknown portrait of Da Vinci’s brush: Did the great master really write “Princess Leonardo” and whom he portrayed
It may seem that the legacy of Leonardo da Vinci has many paintings - this artist, who died five hundred years ago, is mentioned too much and too often in…

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Pis pug, Lucifer and other controversial sculptures, which caused a lot of controversy
Any kind of art is controversial, and statues are no exception. Given that they are made, as a rule, in honor of famous people, objects or events, sculptures simply cannot…

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"The Great Castration": How the shame was covered in paintings and sculptures at different times
The history of art knows many examples when, at the change of cultural eras, works created by predecessors begin to be perceived not quite correctly. Probably the most revealing in…

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Secrets of self-portraits of famous artists: Reflection in the mirror, portrait-bacon and other oddities
Self-portrait in most cases is an instrument of narcissism, an attempt to leave your image in eternity. But if a genius takes up the matter, his image on canvas can…

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