From graffiti to social networks: Muscovites to explore Alexander Pushkin’s modern image

From graffiti to social networks: Muscovites to explore Alexander Pushkin’s modern image
Guests will learn why Pushkin is often called the first Russian rapper, why goods with his image and quotes attract customers, and how Pushkin is seen by film directors, artists and ordinary city residents.

On 18 February, the State Pushkin Museum unveiled the exhibition #PUSHKINXXI: Life in the New Millennium. The organisers want to show how Alexander Pushkin is seen in modern mass culture. They have collected items not common to traditional museum exhibits: street graffiti with the poet’s image and quotes from his verse, as well as crumpled kraft paper with statements of politicians, film and theatre personalities, and ordinary social network users.

The exhibition features bags and hats carrying the poet’s image. The inclined windows displaying kitsch items are propped up by volumes of Pushkin's works. Also included are books by contemporary authors featuring Pushkin as one of the characters and the poet’s portraits created by professional and amateur artists.

Scenes from documentary, feature and animated films as well as posters, costumes, props and scenery sketches for Pushkin’s works are on show in the video hall.

Everyone interested can take a literature exam modelled on the modern graduation and college enrollment tests. All work will be checked, and the best performers will receive prizes from the museum. Teachers will be offered seminars on using information technology in teaching literature.

Guests will be able to write a letter to Tatyana Larina (the heroine from Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin) share their love stories, and get relationship advice.

The exhibition’s goal, according to the organisers, is not to analyse Pushkin’s significance for the 21 century, which is still too early to do, but to encourage visitors to reflect on their attitude to the poet.

Opening hours:

— Monday — closed;

— Tuesday — 10 am-6 pm;

— Wednesday — 10 am-6 pm;

— Thursday — noon-9 pm;

— Friday — 10 am-6 pm;

— Saturday — 10 am-6 pm;

— Sunday — 10 am-6 pm.