In the centenary of the 1917 Russian
revolution, travel to Moscow with
expert art historians Andrew Spira or
Monica Bohm-Duchen to explore the
art inspired by the Bolshevik seizure of
power and the upheaval that followed.
The movement to ensure that the
arts served the new ideology of the
dictatorship of the proletariat fed the
Russian avant-garde, striving to dispose
of the conventions of ‘bourgeois art’.
This movement eventually clashed with
the newly emerged state-sponsored
direction of Socialist realism. See
examples of these genres and many
others that track the development of
Russian art since the revolution.
Read Andrew Spira's "100th Anniversary of
the Russian Revolution" blog on Compass Online.
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Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Moscow with British Airways
and transfer to the hotel. After a welcome
dinner, stay 4 nights at the Hilton Moscow
Leningradskaya, which occupies one of Stalin's
baroque and Russian Orthodox-style towers. (D)
Begin your visit to Russia’s capital with an
orientation tour to see the monuments dedicated
to the leaders of the Russian Revolution, the
architecture of the Stalinist era and Lenin’s
mausoleum in Red Square. Spend the afternoon
immersing yourself in Russia’s recent history at
the Contemporary History Museum. (B)
This morning your guide will take you to explore
the famous Moscow metro with its array of
elaborately designed stations decorated with
magnificent chandeliers, mosaics, stained-glass
panels, statues and polished marble surfaces.
In the afternoon, visit the Museum of Modern
Art to see its collection of Russian avant-garde
Today visit the New Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky
Val to see its extensive collection of
20th-century Russian art, including works by
Malevich, Kandinsky and Chagall. This afternoon
visit the House of Melnikov, who refused to
conform to Stalinist architecture and created
his residence with two intersecting cylindrical
towers and hexagonal windows. Continue to the
‘Worker and Kolkhoz Woman’ Museum inside the
basement of the socialist realist and art deco
sculpture. Return to your hotel for a farewell
dinner. (B, D)
Morning visit to the Schusev State Museum of
Architecture, which includes material on Russian
constructivism. Continue to the Garage Museum
of Contemporary Art in Gorky Park. Transfer to
the airport for your flight to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a lecturer who has specialist knowledge of the destination and its culture, as
well as an experienced local guide.
Based in 5-star accommodation.
This tour involves some long walks
and therefore requires a good level of fitness.
This tour can be combined with St Petersburg: Pictures & Palaces.
Please note that due to the fluid
nature of opening and closing times of the
museums, the specified day for each excursion
may need to be altered closer to departure.
Andrew Spira graduated
from the Courtauld Institute
before working at the
Temple Gallery, London
(specialists in Russian icons),
and as a curator at the
Victoria & Albert museum.
He was a programme director at Christie’s
Education for 14 years and has led numerous
cultural tours to Europe and beyond.
Monica Bohm-Duchen is
an independent lecturer,
writer and curator. Based
in London, the institutions
she has worked for include
the Courtauld Institute,
Sotheby’s Institute of
Art, Tate, the National Gallery, the Royal
Academy of Arts and Birkbeck College. Her
latest book, Art and the Second World War,
was published in 2013.
Occupying one of the famous "Seven Sisters" skyscrapers that Stalin had built in the 1950s, The Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya is located in the Garden Ring area of Moscow. All 273 rooms are designed in a modern and contemporary style with the latest modern amenities. Guests can dine at the restaurant which serves Russian and international cuisine. Health and well-being facilities include indoor swimming pool, sauna, fitness room and solarium. The hotel also has a currency exchange bureau and a gift...
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Extend your stay in Moscow with 2 nights at the
Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya. Includes airport
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RMW2017: 4 Nights
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