Aligned planets and Maya Plisetskaya’s costumes: Museums get ready for Arts Night

Aligned planets and Maya Plisetskaya’s costumes: Museums get ready for Arts Night suggests eight museums worth visiting on Arts Night.

Russia’s Arts Night will take place this year on the night between 4 and 5 November. Cultural venues will open their doors to everyone. What’s more it’s all for free and there’ll also be exciting quests, lectures and concerts.

On’s request, the Mosgortur Agency of the Moscow Department of Culture has chosen eight museums worth visiting on 4 November.

Museum of Cosmonautics

6 pm to 11 pm

111 Prospekt Mira

Museum-goers will be able to take part in general tours and find out more about the first artificial satellites, the first flight into space, spacecraft sent to the moon and planets of the Solar System, carrier rockets, launch pads and international cooperation in space. Tours will begin at 6.30 pm, 7 pm, 7.30 pm, 8 pm and 8.30 pm.

Later on in the evening at 9 pm the museum will present the Aligned Planets sound installation where performers will turn into planets and their moons will move in space.

Scriabin House Museum

8 pm to 10 pm

18 2nd Tverskaya-Yamskaya Street

The concert hall of the Mirek Museum of the Russian Harmonica will be the place to go for a concert called Evening Melodies. The programme includes popular melodies and folk songs performed by museum workers, contest and festival winners, as well as Russian folk instrumentalists.

Tropinin and Moscow Artists of His Time Museum

7 pm on 4 November and 1 am on 5 November

10/1 Shchetininsky Pereulok

Visitors to the Tropinin Museum will be able to see costumes once worn by iconic ballerina Maya Plisetskaya. The costumes from the Maya Plisetskaya Choreographic School’s collection in Togliatti are being put on display for the first time. Andris Liepa’s signature exhibition tour begins at 8 pm. Registration is required.

At 7 pm and 8.30 pm, free general tours will take place around the General Character exhibition with the collection of the museum’s founder Felix Vishnevsky.

The musical and poetic event begins at 11.30 pm. Graduates from Moscow’s  leading creative universities and performers from various Moscow theatres will present the Obormoty, the Silver Age’s “literary band” known from the speeches of Maximilian Voloshin, Nikolai Gumilyov and other people. Additionally, visitors will get a chance to listen to a story about letters Boris Pasternak and Marina Tsvetayeva wrote to each other and Alexander Vertinsky’s songs.

Gogol House

5 pm to 11.59 pm

7а Nikitsky Boulevard

The Gogol House has got together a special programme titled “The night of sounds, images and words.” Visitors will learn about the history of the estate where a museum is located and all its mysterious spots. A literary quest titled “Nose tip to nose tip” will be held in the New Wing art area between 5 pm and 7 pm as part of the Believe It or Not exhibition dedicated to the biographic crossings of Nikolai Gogol and Ivan Turgenev.

The Art of Sounds will commence at 7 pm. Gnessin Music School students and teachers will be performing. The concert will be given by a violinist, a cellist, a flautist, an oboist and other musicians playing the accordion, the domra, the balalaika and the gusli. There will also be a version of the Art of Sounds devoted to works for voice presented by a bass, a tenor, a soprano as well as a tenore contraltino, which will start at 8.15 pm.

The main event, a creative meeting with theatre, cinema and television performers together with teacher and rector of the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute, People’s Actor of Russia Yevgeny Knyazev will start at 9.30 pm.

Yesenin Museum (Yesenin Centre)

8 pm to 11 pm

4/2 Chernyshevskogo Pereulok

The Yesenin Centre invites anyone who wishes to attend an open rehearsal with several episodes from performances of the Moscow Theatre of Poets led by Vlad Malenko. Performers will recite poems written by modern poets from various generations.

A big surprise awaits those who enjoy listening to Russian underground music composed by the iconic virtuoso sax player Sergei Letov.

Burganov House Museum

11 am to 11 pm

15/9 Bolshoi Afanasyevsky Pereulok

The Burganov House Museum has got together a rather busy programme with tours, workshops, creative meetings and walks with lanterns. The general tour “Walking around the surrealism museum” where the participants learn how the museum was established will begin at 1 pm. Visitors will not only see works by Alexander Burganov but also get a chance to meet the sculpture himself at 4 pm.

The People, Legends and Myths of the Surrealism Museum tour will begin at 6 pm. People will get an opportunity to learn what cultural circles the sculptor rubbed shoulders with and how these meetings influenced his art.

A workshop titled Modelling at the Surrealism Museum will be held for young visitors at 2 pm. The lantern tour will commence at 8 pm.

Alexander Pushkin State Museum

6 pm to 8 pm

12/2 Prechistenka Street

The main museum building on Prechistenka Street will be the place to go for a tour around the Shining Festive Worries exhibition dedicated to festivities celebrated in 19th century Russia. Those on the Alexander Pushkin and His Age exhibition tour will discover new facts about the poet’s life, art, contemporaries, literary characters, culture and everyday life at the time. There are several thousand exhibits, such as portraits, books, manuscripts, including those that belonged to people close to the poet.

At 7 pm there’ll be a concert of the 2nd Timbre International Vocal Art Festival and an awards ceremony will take place. Both Russian and foreign works and famous opera arias will be performed.

Museum of Moscow

6.30 pm to 11 pm

2 Zubovsky Boulevard

On Arts Night, the Museum of Moscow will have a series of educational general tours around the permanent exhibition, the History of Moscow for Children and Adults. Both young and grown-up visitors will be able to get to know more about the history of Moscow between the 12th –17th centuries as well as how its appearance has changed over the years. Masses of historical everyday items will be on display.

A lot of musical events will take place at the museum’s Red Hall. Visitors will be able to take a look at modern musical instruments and also listen to a short lecture called Sounds or Notes: Classical and Modern Approaches in Comparison. This will be from 7 pm to 8 pm.

A musical performance called The Synthesis Orchestra of 100 Laptops will begin at 8.45 pm. An orchestra comprised of one hundred musicians playing synthesised music with the help of their laptops will perform several compositions.

A concert by Pyotr Theremin, great grandson of Leon Theremin, the inventor of the Theremin, will begin at 10 pm. Pyotr will demonstrate how the instrument functions.