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MOSCOW, January 2 (Itar-Tass) – Beginning with Wednesday, January 2 through to January 8 museums and exhibition halls in Moscow cancel admission fees, the city’s Department for Culture told Itar-Tass.
All in all, 64 museums and 27 exhibition halls are taking part in the action.
For instance, the museum of Russian mansion and estate culture at Kuzminki is hosting an exhibition titled ‘The New Year in Moscow’ devoted to the Muscovites’ traditions of celebrating the New Year and Christmas.
The visitors will have an opportunity to see the details of city dwellers’ everyday life, as well as olden Christmas toys and presents, and to feel the atmosphere of a warm and genuine family holiday the way it was in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Darwinian Museum of Zoology opens an exhibition ‘Welcoming the Year of the Snake’ that is devoted to the animal symbolizing the year 2013.
The display depicted the history of the Oriental calendar and the amazing legends about its symbols, as well as to learn why the twelve animals symbolize different years in all the Oriental-style calendars or what principle they were selected by.
The world-famous Kolomenskoye museum is offering a ‘Russian Winter’ program. The guests will be offered a stroll through the official halls and private rooms of Czar Alexis Mikhailovich, who ruled in the middle of the 17th century, a journey on horse-driven sleighs, and Russian folk games in the frosty open air.
The Art Media /House of Photography/ Museum is hosting the exhibition “Charlie Chaplin,” “The Faith and Hope of Manchuria,” Paradise Network, and the Wonders of Animation.
Several exhibitions at a time are held at the Manege /Racing Course/ arts center located in a stone’s throw from the main public entrance of the Kremlin.
For instance, the ‘The Publisher Vollard and his painters’ features the activity of the biggest arts patron of the 20th century, Ambroise Vollard.
The Moscow Museum of Design, which has a permanent exhibition area in Manege, presents a display of Soviet design from the 1950’s through to the 1980’s.
‘The Venus of the USSR’ display is held as part of a program of the “Russian Museum in the Halls of the Manege. It profiles more than 120 paintings, graphic works, sculptures, posters, and photos.
Last but not least, the visitors to the Manege are offered to see an exhibition of Soviet Neo-Realism that has been prepared by the St Petersburg Academy of Arts and contains highlights of the art of a period from the end of the 1950’s through to the beginning of the 1970’s.
The museum-preserve in Tsaritsyno invites all the connoisseurs of today’s art to an exhibition titled ‘The Shadow of Times: Installations, Painting, Sculpture, Objects, and Video.’ It features the works of Russian artists of different generations that are united, however, by the echoes of meanings and images and the cognizing of time as a philosophical category.