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A Web Magazine of Arts, Culture and Orthodox Christian Spirituality

  • Russian Avant-Garde, the "Black Square" and Primordial Forms

    One of the most impressive and influential phenomena in the intellectual, spiritual and artistic upheaval in Russia around the time of the Revolution was the Russian avant-garde in visual arts. Two of its most prominent representatives were Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935) and Wassily Kandinsky (1866-19...
  • Awkward! - an Upbeat Story about Teenage Passions and Tribulations

    Awkward! is a manga-style graphic novel  about a middle school girl named Penelope Torres. On her first day at a new school, she slips in the crowded corridor, and is helped by a science geek named Jaime. When children around them start teasing them, the humiliated and embarrassed Penelope push...
  • Mikhail Nesterov, the Capturer of the Russian Soul

    This October, we commemorate 75 years since the death of Mikhail Nesterov, one of the most prominent representatives of the World of Art (Мир искусства) art movement, which had a great influence on European art in the first two decades of the 20th century.  This year also marks the 155th annive...
  • Squish, a Clever and Entertaining Comic Strip

    There has probably never been a more unsightly and, at the same time, a more impressive comic strip. The main protagonist, Squish, is an amoeba. An amoeba! All his friends and teachers are different single-cell microscopic organisms: Peggy, the eternally happy girl, is a paramecium, and the school p...
  • Andrej Tišma: Sculptures for the New Millennium

    Andrej Tišma's new digital prints Sculptures for the New Millennium demonstrate a clash between the civilian and the military world. The army is increasingly taking control over civilian way of life and infringing on our privacy, he states. The world conflicts currently taking place in hundreds of l...
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Russian Avant-Garde, the "Black Square" and Primordial Forms
One of the most impressive and influential phenomena in the intellectual, spiritual and artistic upheaval in Russia around the time of the Revolution was the Russian avant-garde in visual arts. Two of its most prominent representatives were Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935) and Wassily Kandinsky (1866-19...
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