First off, the National Museum of Scotland (in Edinburgh) has opened a large exhibition dedicated to Catherine the Great. ‘It brings to the British public the greatest collection of the unique pieces of art and craft from the State Hermitage in St Petersburg, one of the world’s major museums. It runs from July 13 till October 21 2012.’
Next, as part of the celebrations connected with the London Olympics, the gallery Calvert 22 presents highlights from the all-Russian contemporary visual art competition ‘Innovation’. The exhibits feature video, photography and performance arts as well as paper, sculpture and installation art. This runs till September 16, 2012 in London.
Heading south, the Museo dell’Ara Pacis in Rome is running an exhibition of the Russian avant-garde. It’s a comprehensive affair, involving Cubo-Futurism, Constructivism, Suprematism, and any other ism that might take your avant-garde fancy. The usual suspects are on view: Kandinsky, Malevich, Chagall, Tatlin, Rodchenko, Goncharova. This exhibition ends September 2, 2012.
All the way across Europe, in Rostov-on-Don is the exhibition ‘The South of Russia’, the 11th instalment of this long-running series displaying the best works of artists from Rostov, Stavropol, Krasnodar, Volgograd, and the Northern Caucasus republics (South Ossetia, Abkhazia). Interestingly, this is the first time in nearly sixty years that the exhibition is in Rostov. Over a thousand pieces are on view – graphic arts, fine arts, sculpture, creative and decorative arts, you name it, they got it. This runs till mid August at the Southern Federal University.
Meanwhile, in Krasnodar, is a solo exhibition of Mhitar Aslanyan, titled ‘My Warm Tiflis’. The works are focused on the town that the artist spent his childhood and youth in. There are over fifty works on show, executed in the past five years. This is connected with Aslanyan’s sixtieth birthday. The exhibition runs from August 1-19, 2012 at the Kovalenko Regional Art Museum.
So there you go – much to occupy yourself this summer month.