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OCTOBER IN JULY – QED Rarities Exhibition at Ziferblat, Shoreditch, London

We are happy to announce that OCTOBER IN JULY – the QED Rarities summer 2014 exhibition – is taking pace from Monday 7th. July at Ziferblat in Shoreditch, London.  We are very grateful to the fine people at Ziferblat for their cooperation and general goodness. Ziferblat is situated at 388 Old St.  EC1V9LT.  Entrance is… Continue Reading

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Review: Avant-Garde and Aviation – Jewish Museum, Moscow

THE AVANT-GARDE AND AVIATION Выставка «Авангард и авиация» The Moscow Jewish Museum is housed in the lovingly restored Melnikov/Shukhov Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage.  Built in 1926 to house a fleet of British Leyland buses, the garage was used for its original purpose all the way up to 1999.  Subsequently it has metamorphosised, becoming one of the… Continue Reading

Krasnaya Niva Cover 1926

Pushkin’s Birthday

Since today is the birthday of Alexandr Sergeevich,   it is appropriate to give a short translation of a piece from one of the magazines in our collection, Krasnaya Niva from 1926.  Although dealing with the saddest episode in Pushkin’s life, it is in its own way suitably life-affirming. The Death of Pushkin from the… Continue Reading


Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko – then and now

There is an issue of Rabis, the journal of the Art Workers’ Union, from 1928 in our collection.  Its cover features the famous progressive dramatists, opera and musical producers and directors, Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko. THE PICTURE BELOW shows their cardboard effigies as part of an excellent installation all along one of the main aisles of GUM in… Continue Reading

Street Decoration

Moscow May 9th. Street Art

The Presnensky District of Moscow Here are some photographs of street art around Kransnaya Presnya.  Some of the murals are new – in the last month or so.  The artists choose a wall for their painting, then leave a sprayed message asking people not to park nearby on the given date that the mural is… Continue Reading


Review – Gergiev/Trifonov/MTSO – Moscow Easter Festival 2nd. May 2014

Moscow’s Easter Festival ………..is an extensive musical event covering the whole of Russia, from all points of the compass.  The artistic director is Valery Gergiev, Chief Conductor of the LSO, amongst many other things. When the announcer welcomed the audience, she said, ‘The Moscow Easter Festival is supported by the Government of Moscow, the Ministry… Continue Reading


In the Spirit of Prishvin

Welcome to the QED blog. We hope to engage and amuse you with our posts.   We chose a quote from Mikhail Prishvin, a Russian/Soviet writer to illustrate the core statement of this project for the first blog-post. Prishvin was born in 1883 into a merchant family and lived until 1954, witnessing, documenting and sensing… Continue Reading