Where The Rivers Ran Red


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In this episode we speak with curator and gallerist Anya Stonelake. The Russian city of Norilsk is our protagonist. The city’s collective memory includes traumas that are inscribed into its ruins: composed of massive and expansive housing blocks, seemingly infinite mines, quarries, and factories, and a permafrost extending towards the horizon in every direction.

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Off Location: Drawings for the U.S. Embassy Moscow


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To mark the opening of the new US Embassy in London at Nine Elms, Pushkin House and the Drawing Matter Trust present a pop-up exhibition of the recently acquired drawings by architectural illustrator Carlos Diniz of the US Embassy Moscow. In this episode we talk to Niall Hobhouse, from the Drawing Matter Trust, Economist writer, Tim Abrahams, and Director of Pushkin House, Clem Cecil about architectural visualisation, realities on the ground, and a few recent Presidential tweets.

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Restoring the Past: A Conversation with Architect Moisei Ginzburg


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In this episode we talk to architect Alexei Ginzburg about Narkomfin, the building designed by his grandfather, one of the leading members of the Constructivist group, Moisei Ginzburg. Alexei Ginzburg and his wife Natasha have recently published in facsimile, English translations of Moisei's books about architecture: 'Rhythm in Architecture' and 'Dwelling'. In addition, Alexei Ginzburg is the chief restoration architect of Narkomfin, presently underway after many years of neglect. Pushkin House Director, Clem Cecil, interviewed Alexei Ginzburg about the significance of Narkomfin, the theory and ideas of the Constructivists, and the experience of restoring his own grandfather's building.

DJ-ing Cats, Vegetable Puppetry & Supremacist Sandwich Art


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In this episode we talk to Pushkin House Trustee, Ariadne Arendt. Born on the Black Sea in Crimea, and named after her great-grandmother, Ariadne moved to London from Moscow when she was four. Her creative projects span a wide range: a gangster Russian cat deejay alter-ego, a fictional artistic movement dedicated exclusively to sandwiches, a travelling vegetable puppet show, offering classic Russian literature spin-offs like Anna Karrotenina, Eugene Onionegin, Crime and Radishment. In addition to this Ariadne talks about her personal experience of growing up between different cultures and establishing a sense of belonging, from the Soviet Union to Montenegro.

Twilight of a Woman's Soul


In this episode we are in conversation with three leading women about the ways in which they relate to Russia, as part of our current season and exhibition of photographs of Leningrad and Moscow taken by Margaret Watkins in 1933. We talk to Natasha Butterwick, about her tenure as owner of the website Russian Art and Culture. We also discuss the role of women in pre-revolutionary and contemporary Russian cinema with author of the book 'Performing Femininity: Woman as Performer in Russian Cinema', Dr. Rachel Morley from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. Finally, we are taken on a journey to the snow covered streets of Moscow with the BAFTA award winning film and television director Margy Kinmonth, the name behind 'Hermitage Revealed' and most recently 'Revolution: New Art for a New World', who also sheds exclusive light on her newest film project in Russia.

Margaret Watkins: Leningrad and Moscow 1933


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In this episode we talk to Joe Mulholland, proprietor of the Hidden Lane Gallery in Glasgow, who has championed the Margaret Watkins archive since discovering it some years after her death. Joe narrates an exclusive walk through the classic images on display in the Pushkin House library, as part of our current exhibition of photographs by Margaret Watkins. He shares the extraordinary story of this woman's life, work, and death, including her visit to post-revolutionary Russia.

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