As of today, the exhibition Bulgakov. Two Biographies at the Novy Manezh (New Manege) exhibition hall has gathered about 5,000 visitors, according to Moscow Government Minister and Head of the Department of Culture Alexander Kibovsky. He and Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky attended the exposition, which became the key event of celebrations dedicated to the writer’s birth anniversary.
“On display are a huge number of unique materials from 30 archives, museums and centres, giving an opportunity to those who show interest in this outstanding person to discover lots of things, many of which are being shown for the first time,” Mr Kibovsky said.
The exhibition at Novy Manezh will run until 9 January. The project’s curators from the Bulgakov Museum have gathered over 700 exhibits. These are unique materials from archives and Moscow and St Petersburg museum collections, manuscripts, letters, paintings, models of stage sets, autographs, photos and documents from the Joint State Political Directorate, which had the author of The Master and Margarita and Heart of a Dog under surveillance.
Moscow celebrations of Mikhail Bulgakov’s birth anniversary will not stop here. In mid-December, another exhibition will open about one of Bulgakov’s plays, Ivan Vasilyevich, on which the famous film directed by Leonid Gaidai was based, Alexander Kibovsky also said.
“Moscow is buzzing with exhibition projects. The most important thing is to have time for all of them. One should spend less time on social media, get off Facebook and the like, and go to exhibitions instead, starting with the Bulgakov exhibition,” Mr Medinsky advised.
Mr Medinsky listed top events worth visiting in the near future: the exhibition of Raphael’s works at the Pushkin Museum; the unique exhibition of Vatican Museums treasures which have never before left the Vatican on such a large scale, on display at the Tretyakov Gallery in Lavrushinsky Pereulok; a very interesting exposition dedicated to the Year of Cinema at ROSIZO pavilion at the National Exhibition of Economic Achievements (VDNKh); and a very unusual exhibition, The English Club, on modern Russian art at the Museum of Contemporary History of Russia.