April 5, 2012 |
For more than a year, Russia has prohibited its government-run museums from sending artworks to exhibitions in the United States. The ban has frustrated and puzzled American museum officials, because it was spurred by a legal decision unrelated to anything the museums themselves have done. Diplomacy has failed to lift it. Hopes have risen recently that the impasse can be broken by a bipartisan bill that passed unopposed in the U.S. House of Representativeson March 19 and is pending in the Senate judiciary committee.
February 26, 2012 |
Zona A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room Geoff Dyer Pantheon: 230 pp., $24 Imagine going to the movies but, for one reason or another, you can't see or hear anything on-screen. Fortunately, you can still experience the film with the help of a friend tugging on your sleeve excitedly and guiding you through the movie by describing what they see and hear, and, for added color, what it means. How much you'd gain from that experience would depend on your level of patience, certainly, but also on the quality of the film and your friend's abilities.
March 25, 2010 |
She was an unlikely bandit, one of hundreds of middle-aged, down-at-the-heel curators who shuffle through the former czarist palaces of the State Hermitage Museum. But quietly, steadily, Larisa Zavadskaya was brewing a scandal that would shake the art world from New York to Paris. She stuffed her purse with hundreds of pieces of jewelry, icons and silverware, later farming them out to antiques dealers. The thefts came to light in 2005 when inspectors arrived to inventory her department.
January 23, 2008 |
LONDON -- From Russia, with qualms. Works by Matisse, Van Gogh, Cezanne and other masterpieces from Russian museums are finally hanging in a London gallery after a last-minute legal change eased Moscow's fears that the paintings could be seized in legal action if they traveled to Britain. The Royal Academy of Arts' blockbuster exhibition "From Russia" gathers 120 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works -- many seized by the Soviet state after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.
December 21, 2007 |
Russia said Thursday that Britain had failed to provide sufficient protection from private legal claims for a major exhibition of paintings owned by Russian museums, and that it wouldn't loan the works until it received further guarantees. The statement from Russia's federal culture agency came in response to a British government claim that it had assured Russia that the French and Russian masterpieces would be protected under British law.
May 28, 2007 |
Esa-Pekka Salonen picked up a microphone just before beginning the second half of his Los Angeles Philharmonic program dealing with Stalin's noxious specter on Soviet music. "You've probably noticed by now," he said to the audience at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday night, "that this is music by three young, wild guys." Yes, and angry and aggressive and noisy and wacky guys. And libidinous. And, at least in the case of Shostakovich, out to get noticed and in trouble, which he did.