Sand Sculptures at Peter Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, Russia

Just outside the walls of the mighty Peter Paul Fortress, on a Neva River beach, is a different kind of architectural grandeur. The Sand Sculpture Festival (Фестиваль песчаных скульптур) takes places every summer here in central St. Petersburg.   Each year has a theme; this year (2018) the theme was “World Masterpieces,” and the festival […]

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Muzeon–The Statue Graveyard

Tour of Muzeon Included in the SRAS Cultural Program Summer, 2017 Free Admission Website Directions: Take the metro to Park Kultury and cross the Krymskiy Bridge over the Moscow River. On your right, you will see Gorky Park, and on your left is the New Tretyakov Gallery and Muzeon. Budget: Muzeon is free to the […]

History and Art Off the Beaten Path in Warsaw

Most foreigners in Warsaw tend to the stick to the center of the city and Old Town, with some maybe venturing as far as the Praga district. Being that these areas are mostly discovered and easy to tour — along with being packed with tourists and locals — I decided to start taking trams to […]

Podil District in Kyiv

Podil: Persons, places, and things from my favorite district in Kyiv Free and always open Month of April, 2017 Photojournalism by Rebekah Welch Podil, podil, podil. If you ever go to Kyiv, all the Ukrainians you meet will tell you that you have to go to Podil. Once, a particularly pompous Russian professor even went […]

Controversial Theater in Warsaw: Curse

Curse Teatr Powszechny Powszechny.com Throughout my stay in Poland, I have found that one of the most pressing concerns in society is the role the Catholic Church plays in state and public affairs. A Croatian theater director, Oliver Frljić, known for creating theatrical productions that focus on pressing contemporary problems in specific countries, has now […]

Pinchuk Art Centre in Kyiv

Pinchuk Modern Art Centre  Velitsa Vasilkivska/Baseina 1/3-2 Kyiv, 01004 Open Tues-Sat, and Sun 12:00-21:00 Free The Pinchuk (modern) Art Centre in Kyiv contains two of my favorite things: modern art, and people who wear fake horn-rimmed glasses and go take selfies with modern art. Come for the art and culture, but stay for the people […]

City Dump Museum in Irkutsk

Irkutsk City Dump Museum Fifth kilometer of Aleksandrovskiy Highway Free The Irkutsk city dump museum is one of the strangest places I have ever been in my life—not just for the fact that it exists, which is weird enough in and of itself, but for what’s in it. The dump/museum is probably about a 20-minute […]

Muzeon “Statue Graveyard” in Moscow

Muzeon Where: Krimsky Val, вл. 2, Moscow Open 8:00-23:00 Free Entrence (~$3 for coffee or a snack) Muzeon is a park and open air sculpture museum located next to Gorky Park and within the Garden ring of Moscow. Opened in 1992, the park consists of huge green areas, old soviet monuments, sculptures that could not […]

Gorky Park and Garage Museum of Modern Art in Mocsow

 Gorky Park and Garage Museum of Modern Art in Moscow Poster Child of Russia’s Urban Revitalization Open 24/7 Free Entrance, Bring Cash for Food, Bike Rentals, etc. For several years now, Russia’s federal government and the city government of Moscow have worked together in an attempt to revitalize the capital city, with a particular focus […]

Primorye State Art Gallery Part 2 in Vladivostok

Primorye State Art Gallery Aleyutskaya St. 12, Vladivostok Student Ticket Cost: 350 Rubles Following up on last week’s somewhat misadventure to the art gallery, I decided to attempt to rectify my experience this weekend. I gathered a few friends and we set off for Vladivostok’s main art gallery located at 12 Aleyutskaya Prospekt. The large […]

Primorsky State Art Gallery in Vladivostok

Primorsky State Art Gallery Partizanskiy St. 12, Vladivostok 100 rubles admission On the streets of Vladivostok, I regularly walk past one of the many rectangular, concrete buildings with a small golden sign reading “Primorye State Art Gallery,” accompanied by an artsy logo. Admittedly, up to this point, I actually haven’t spent much time exploring Vladivostok’s […]

Pin-up Exhibition at Art Center in St. Petersburg

Art Center Dumskaya Ulitsa, 4 Tickets from 150 rubles Strolling around the second story of the Art Center space on Dumskaya, posters and calendars showcase nearly a century’s worth of art. Many know of pin-ups, but not so much of the cultural significance of these camera-loving ladies. What do you mean, a “pin-up”?  Exactly that, […]

‘Beatnik Market’: Russian Beat in St. Petersburg

Универмаг «Битник» Итальянская улица 17 find them on Facebook Interested in some retro fashion or events while in Piter?  Between Nevsky and the Russian Museum, the Beatnik project boasts a bar and a gallery/event space.  They hosted the Beatnik market from the 6th-9th of October, showcasing DJs, artist Stas Kazimov, and retro market with local […]

Wilanów Palace in Warsaw

Wilanów Palace Tickets starting at 15 PLN Wilanow-palac.pl When I lived in Warsaw, a friend visited who had spent the summer doing archaeological digs around Italy.  So what could be the oldest and most beautiful Polish place I could take her to rival ancient Roman artifacts?  Wilanów Palace, Poland’s only remaining Baroque residence. The palace […]

Fine Art Museum of A.S. Pushkin

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts/ Государственный Музей Изобразительных Искусств Имени А.С. Пушкин Москва, Волхонка, 10, 12, 14 Hours of Operation Vary, see website for details All are closed on Mondays, Bldg 10 also closed Tuesdays 150 rubles (with student ID) at each location Arts-museum.ru This museum is not related to the famous Russian […]

Moscow Museum of Modern Art

Moscow Museum of Modern Art/ Московский Музей Современного Искусства 5 locations-see website for details Friday-Wednesday open 12:00-8:00pm, Thursdays 1:00-9:00pm 100 rubles with student ID http://www.mmoma.ru This MMOMA is a group of museums that house a range of contemporary artists and installations. This art is from the entire second half of the 20th century forward. Some […]

Bunker 42 in Moscow – The Nuclear Threat Experience

Bunker 42/Бункер 42 5-й Котельнический пер., 11, Москва Hours and costs vary, check website for details Student Tours: ~700 rubles www.bunker42.com One of my favorite excursions arranged by SRAS as part of our cultural program in Moscow was this dark little surprise, Bunker 42. The exterior is very well marked with a giant red star, […]

Kyrgyz National Museum of Visual Art

Kyrgyz National Museum of Visual Art/Кыргызский Национальний Музей Изобразительных Искусств 196 Советская ул. Hours: 10-17:00, Fridays 10-16, Closed on Mondays Tickets: Regular 130 som, Student 20 som The Kyrgyz Art Museum on Sovietskaya, just across from the opera house, is a two-story building full of traditional Kyrgyz arts, contemporary art styles, and traveling exhibits. Today […]

Student Blog on Socialist Realist Art

Allie Bull studied Russian language and art over the summer of 2013 on a customized program with SRAS. As part of her studies, Allie has begun a blog “exploring what Socialist Realism is, how it emerged, major themes, and this art today.” She also discusses, in part, her studies abroad. See more about Allie’s work […]

PinchukArtCentre in Kyiv

PinchukArtCentre 1/3-2, “А” Block, Velyka Vasylkivska / Baseyna Street ул. Большая Васильковская/Бассейная 1/3-2, блок А, Бессарабский квартал http://pinchukartcentre.org/ Tuesday – Sunday, 12:00 to 21:00 Free admission PinchukArtCentre.org The PinchukArtCentre, located near the center of downtown Kyiv, resulted from a combination of art and oligarchy. Founded by Ukrainian businessman Viktor Pinchuk— who has an estimated net […]

The Petersburg Musuem of Dolls

The Petersburg Musuem of Dolls/ Петербургский музей кукол ул.Камская , 8 Open from 10.00-18.00 Price: 150 rubles for students Museumdolls.ru I consider myself a bit of a kid at heart; therefore, when I first heard about the Petersburg Museum of Dolls, I jumped at the opportunity to visit it. I was so enchanted by its colorful, […]

“The Leningrad Collection” and “I Keep This City” in St. Petersburg

“The Leningrad Collection” and “I Keep This City” in St. Petersburg / “Ленинград Коллекция” и “Я этим городом храним”  в Санкт-Петербурге K Gallery Ул. Галерной, 47 Prices: 100 rubles for students Coming to and from the dorms everyday, I have passed by advertisements for two art showcases: the “Leningrad Collection” and “ I Keep This […]

Orange Days in St.Petersburg

Orange Days in St. Petersburg/ Оранжевые дня в Санкт-Петербурге набережная Адмиралтейского Канала, 2 Events scheduled for July 1-12, 2013  New Holland, or Новая Голландия, is a small island close to the dorms with a reputation as a hip, relaxing hangout. As I was having a “Lazy Sunday,” I decided to head over there and check […]

The Russian Museum of Ethnography in St. Petersburg

The Russian Museum of Ethnography/ Росси́йский этнографи́ческий музе́й Улица Инженерная 4/1 Open everyday from 10.00-18.00, except Mondays and the last Friday of the month Prices: 350 rubles for adults, 150 rubles for students ; free with SPBGU student ID; 150 rubles for picture-taking passes eng.ethnomuseum.ru If someone asks you to describe “Russian,” the first images […]

Kyiv Metro

Kyiv Metro / Київський метрополітен (or Київське метро) Opens daily between 5:30am and 6:00am (depending on the station) Closes daily at midnight Fares: 2грн ($0.25) per trip Unlimited half- or whole-month plans available: half-month: 48 грн ($6.00) | whole-month: 95 грн ($12.50) www.metro.kiev.ua If you make a trip to Kyiv, you’ll inevitably encounter the city […]

Pacific Style Week Fashion Show in Vladivostok

Pacific Style Week Fashion Show/ Дефиле Недели Моды во Владивостоке Спортивный комплекс Чемпион-1: П-кт. Партизанский, д. 44 April 15, 2013 Free and open to the public Living there from day to day, it is often difficult to picture that the Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service is a happening place with lots going on […]

Picasso Exhibit in Vladivostok

Picasso/Пикассо Ул. Аксаковская, д. 12 Hours: 11 am – 7 pm Cost: Adults – 300 ru, Students – 200 ru, Schoolchildren – 150 ru, Veterans & Very Young – Free Let it never be said that Vladivostok is not a cultured town; you just have to search for it. Following the posting of some interesting […]

The Angarsk Clock Museum near Irkutsk

The Angarsk Clock Museum / Музей часов города Ангарска ул. Карла Маркса 31 (г. Ангарск, остановка “Музей часов”) Entrance: Adults, 50 rubles. Students with ID, free. Photography permit, 50 rubles. Transportation: 15-70 rubles (bus for 70 rubles, elektrichka 20-50 rubles, depending on student status) The Clock Museum in Angarsk makes for a great day trip outside […]

Taltsy Museum of Architecture near Irkutsk

Архитектурно-этнографический музей “Тальцы” / Taltsy Museum of Architecture and Ethnography Алеутская, 11   150 rubles general entrance fee (Other prices may apply for special events.) ~100 rubles Marshrutka ride from Irkutsk to the museum Located about 40 minutes outside the city of Irkutsk, on the way to the popular Baikal shore town of Listvyanka, is the […]

Primorsky State Museum in Vladivostok

Приморский Государственный Объединенный Музей им. В.К. Арсеньева / Primorsky State Associated Museum of V.K. Arsenyev Светланская ул., 20 / Svetlanskaya Street, 20   Hours of Operation: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday Cost: 100 Rubles (70 with student ID), plus another 100 to use a camera Walking around Vladivostok recently, I noticed an advertisement […]

Irkutsk Art Museum (Siberian Art Branch)

Irkutsk Art Museum (Siberian Art Branch) Художественный музей (Отдел сибирского искусства) Карла Маркса, 23 Open from 10am to 6pm, Closed Mondays Entrance: 200 rubles (foreign adults), 150 rubles (foreign students) 100 rubles (photography permit) In downtown Irkutsk, not far from the Central Market (Tsentral’niy Rinok) you’ll find the Siberian Art Branch of the Irkutsk Art […]