Thursday, September 28

Exhibitions of Soviet book illustrations

The State Russian Museum never ceases to delight visitors with its exhibitions, the most recent of which is a display of Soviet children’s book illustrations at Mikhailovsky Castle. The exhibition presents over 100 original artworks and covers of classical books from the museum’s collection that are well-known and cherished by all adults – and even children – in Russia.

Friday, September 29

Vladimir Lebedev. An Artist’s Portrait

  • Until December 10, 10 am - 8 pm daily
  • KGallery
  • 350 rubles (100 rubles for students)

The exhibition, dedicated to the famed Soviet artist and illustrator Vladimir Lebedev, encompasses a lifetime of his work, from his early and intimate pieces to better-known masterworks. The pieces on display, loaned by the State Russian Museum and private collections in St. Petersburg and Moscow, aim to show the artist in a new light and provide insight into his daily life.

Saturday, September 30

Ah, Sea! Festival

The charmingly named Ah, Sea! Festival returns to Sevkabel Port with a spectacular line-up that includes street theater and shadow performances, science shows, an intellectual cafe, live music, dancing workshops, and more. If you happen to be at Sevkabel Port this Saturday, come along to learn how electricity is made, get a selfie with theater performers, or pick up a few dance moves.

Sunday, October 1

Parade of retro trams

Replicas and authentic trams will soon line the streets of Vasilyevsky Island and the downtown for the annual procession that will commemorate the 116th anniversary of the city's first tram. The parade will feature an eclectic collection of classical and vintage trams, including those damaged in the war and a replica of the most elegant Soviet car. The route will kick off at Sredniy Pr. (Vasilyevsky Island), continue downtown, and return to its starting point.

Monday, October 2

Boris Grigoriev. The First Master in the World

  • Until January 28, 10 am - 9 pm daily
  • Fabergé Museum
  • 500 rubles (250 rubles for students) – tickets here

Boris Grigoriev's retrospective spans his whole career, from the 1910s until his death in 1939, and features over 200 works, including drawings, paintings, and even decorative panels. The gems of the display are his illustration for Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector and a sequence of illustrations for Fyodor Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov that have never been exhibited before. 

Tuesday, October 3

Exhibition of Youth Photography

  • September 29 - November 26, 11 am - 7 pm (Mon, Wed, Sat, Sun), 12-9 pm (Tue, Thu, Fri)
  • 300 rubles (200 rubles for students) – tickets here

The display pulls together over 150 pictures that are diverse in storylines, styles, and moods while producing a unifying narrative that sheds light on the generational patterns and metamodernist trends of today. Each author contributed their unique perspective on subjects and events, forming a vision of an entire generation – that, too, will one day be replaced.

Wednesday, October 4 

OperaHD: A Midsummer Night's Dream

To see a ballet on the big screen or not to see a ballet on the big screen – that’s no longer a question, as John Neumeier’s adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream will be on at a local theater a week from now. The well-familiar plot of Shakespeare's eponymous play will sparkle with fresh colors – and sounds – through remarkable dance performances that will leave the audience speechless.