“The Golden Age of Russian Literature” is a cultural project launched by TV channel “ARTIST”TV ART EXPO in April 2014. The project consists of two parts: Exhibitions of Art works by contemporary artists from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Germany, and thematic Conferences and Workshops which cover various topics of Russian literature and Arts.

Before the project has developed into its current format it was organized as an international cultural event embracing two independent and somehow interrelated activities: the Arts Exhibition and scientific Conference to honor the literary legacy of Leo Tolstoy. The Exhibition was organized at the Iranian cultural Center. The Conference that followed the Opening of the Exhibition was attended by a visitor of distinction V.I. Tolstoy, a direct descendant of the prominent Russian writer Leo Tolstoy who holds a post of the Counselor for Cultural Affairs of the President of Russia.

Recently, the project was elaborated, and has got the title “The Golden Age of Russian Literature”. The project has become even more acute given the fact that 2015 is proclaimed a Year of Literature in Russia. The Exhibitions and Conferences were successfully organized in several European cities such as Berlin, Dresden, Bratislava and Naples. The future plans include events in Hamburg (May 31 through June 27, 2015) and in Moscow (July 3 through 10, 2015).

The paintings presented at the Exhibitions in the framework of the project were dedicated to the literary genius of the brilliant writers of the XIX century, such as A.S. Pushkin, M.Y. Lermontov, L.N. Tolstoy, F.M. Dostoevsky, N.V. Gogol, I.S. Turgenev and others, who belonged to the century claimed as the Golden Age of Russian culture. The artists portrayed them and presented their own artistic vision of the famous literary works of the writers. Art works present different styles that reflect various stages of their development, as well as inflection points of Russian literature and culture in general. Even though most of the art works were painted in a realistic manner, there were also paintings performed in the abstract manner.
Foreign visitors admired the canvases that depicted Russian nature and landscapes, unique architecture of the cities and small towns, the way of life of ordinary people and nobility.

Their literary works determined further development of Russian and foreign culture. The century itself became a benchmark of ideas of Beauty, Love, Duty, Top Justice, Genuine Heroism, Fraternity and Inward purity.

In the days of doubts, in the days of hard reflections about the destiny of my Motherland, the only pillar and support for me was the great, powerful, truthful and free Russian language…
Ivan Turgenev

The major goal of the project is to preserve and develop Russian language and culture.

The Project also focuses on the following ideas:

  • To attract attention to the issues and problems of teaching Russian in foreign countries, and supporting compatriots abroad;
  • To present the paintings of contemporary artists inspired by the images of the Russian classic literature, and to help people comprehend that art is a universal means of conveying ideas, and communicating in multilingual environment;
  • To stimulate an interest towards the Russian classic literature by means of contemporary art;
    To consolidate the potentials and possibilities of literary museums, printing houses and artists in facilitating public access to the Russian literary legacy.

When and where

The Project is welcomed in the USA, and will be hosted by the Bilingual Program & Research, Inc., the Russian Center of Russkiy Mir Foundation, and the Russian Language Center of ASA College from August 30 to September 14, 2015.

Among the distinguished guests from Russia are Svetlana Grigoryevna Ter-Minasova, Doctor of Philosophy, Dean of the Faculty of foreign languages at the Moscow State University; Andrey Anatolyevich Yurchenko, Director General of the ARTIST TV, and Julia Vladimirovna Yurchenko, Director of ARTIST TV ART EXPO Department.

It will be a remarkable event for all New Yorkers and the visitors from other states of America.