Here is just a nice selection of paintings made by various Soviet artists who depicted life in the Soviet Union. The works are dated 1947 – 1972.
Russian photographer Elena Anosova depicts life in a remote taiga village populated by 100 people who have to overcome 300 km to the nearest city.
The isolated village in the Far North of Russia has a tight connection with nature, its are ancient traditions kept alive till this day, in its unique mythology fictional objects often have more importance than modern reality. This land lives its own life, its past and present are inseparable as one.
Russian artist Irina Verkhgradskaya from Novosibirsk has been making her own toy world for thirty years. We wanna show you her series devoted to elderly people as they seem to be the most touching and heartful. Yes, life of many old people in Russia looks just like this, the scenes are very realistic. Watching TV as the main entertainment, counting small benefits, missing their children and old friends, suffering diseases and being very happy even when they have a tiny reason for joy – like a phone call of a grandchild or an opening flower on a windowsill.
When Russians are asked what makes them different from people of other nationalities, they often answer “our soul”. It’s big and deep, and those who leave Russia cannot find it on a foreign land and feel blues about it. This is probably why Russian literature, music, poems and paintings are so soulful. Like these illustrations of a Moscow artist Vladimir Lyubarov who depicts life of simple people with their happy and sad moments.
The Soviet Union was so huge and colorful, so different and multicultural that one who could travel across its enormous territory might have a feeling of being to many many countries. Frank Baumgart was one of those happy foreigners who travelled to various corners of the USSR in 1970-72 and took plenty of interesting photos that look so nostalgic now.
Last week was a week of Maslenitsa in Russia or as it’s also called – a Pancake week. It has been celebrated since old times by Slavic people who traditionally make pancakes and burn dummies to meet spring and say goodbye to winter.
Interesting enough, but this year citizens of the Lipetsk region chose to set fire to a dummy of White Walker from “The Game of Thrones” which is rather popular in Russia, too. There were dances and a fire show and people looked happy and excited. Such a strange blend of the Slavic pagan tradition and modern American pop culture!
Sometimes American and Western Europe celebrities had a chance to visit USSR and even the Iron Curtain wasn’t a problem. The most usual way to get into the Soviet Country was to go on tour. To get inside with a musical program you had to pass a sort of exam first – your musical creations would be thoroughly examined by a council of a few Soviet top officials and then they will decide if your creative side is a danger for the Soviet spirit or not. If they find it acceptable you can be admitted inside. And here are the stories of some of the celebrities who were lucky enough to get in.
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So another Russian billionaire has been having fun times in London last week. This time it was a wedding of a 19 year old grand daughter of Russian billionaire. Her rich grand dad hired A-class top world celebrities to sing and perform at her wedding, names included Elton John, Mariah Carey, Antonio Banderas and some more. They say each of those stars get paid minimum of $1,000,000 to appear and perform on event like this, but it didn’t stop him. Some photos inside.
Moscow is finally decorated for the New Year. I can say that it is really cool this year! I can not think of another city in the world that has been so stylish and decorated for the holiday. Compared with last year, it has become more modern and more laconic. Previously, many of the streets were literally inundated with various light installations, and it was too much, and even these ridiculous houses, which didn’t always stylistically fit in with the overall design. This year Moscow is gorgeous! There is almost nothing to complain about! Yesterday I walked for three hours and had a great time!
As in the past, the main idea of the design was to make a lot of light steel arches with patterns. Here is the arch in the entry to the Kamergersky.