The BackShop Journal

A Web Magazine of Arts, Culture and Orthodox Christian Spirituality

  • Revolution Every Day: an Exercise in Dangerous Nostalgia

    Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago is hosting an exhibition of Soviet posters made by women. Presented on the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, this exhibition "immerses visitors in the distinct textures and speeds of everyday life that arose—and have lingered stubbornly—in the...
  • The Bolsheviks and the New Religion

    The religion of our time, which could be called "tolerance" or "political correctness," is, apart from being the world elite's political and social agenda, a result of the indifference to one's neighbour and a cover for one's own sins. Socialism, as this faith was also sometimes called, seeks to dim...
  • Philosophers' Ships

    Ninety five years ago, on November 16, 1922, perhaps the most tragic episode in Russian history that lasted for almost six years came to an end. During the time when the Russian Civil War was nearing its infamous completion, the second of the "Philosophers' Ships" set sail to Germany. More than 200...
  • Elizabeth Fiodorovna: Life as a "Road Full of Light"

    "... My dear children, thank God, you have received communion: as one soul, you all stood before the Saviour. I believe that the Saviour was on this Earth with you all, and during the Last Judgment this prayer will again be before God, like your mercy toward each other and toward me. Oh, how you are...
  • 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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Vilnius, the Jewel of the Baltics
Approaching its 700th anniversary, Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is attracting more tourists from all over the world every year. Everyone knows about Prague, Budapest, Krakow, but all visitors to this city agree that the Vilnius Old Town is just as irresistible. Moreover, with its 65 churches,...
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