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Erté exhibition opens 15 November 

Further information here about the anniversary exhibition celebrating the work of Romain de Tirtoff, known as Erté, which is at the Grosvenor Gallery in central London from 15-30 November. Fully illustrated catalogue published by Fontanka, also on general sale.

Dwelling, published by Ginzburg Design with Fontanka, featured in Architectural Review for October

The October 2017 edition of Architectural Review, 'After the revolution', features a full review of Dwelling as its Book of the Month, as well as an article on Alexey Ginzburg's restoration of the Izvestia building in Moscow, designed by Grigory Barkhin. Dwelling will be published in early November.

Forthcoming publication and exhibition: Erté, Romain de Tirtoff 

An anniversary exhibition of the work of Erté opens in November 2017 accompanied by this new publication. Born Romain de Tirtoff in St Petersburg, Erté became one of the best known illustrators of his day. The exhibition at the Grosvenor Gallery in central London follows on from a 2016 show at the Hermitage (see below), which marked the return to Russia of one of its most talented prodigal sons.

Forthcoming publication: Dwelling by Moisei Ginzburg

1 November 2017 sees the facsimile-publication of the first English translation of Soviet architect Moisei Ginzburg's seminal book Жилище (Dwelling) which originally appeared in 1934. Published in collaboration with Ginzburg Design Ltd, Dwelling is a remarkable document, showcasing the ideas and achievements of one of modernist architecture's greatest exponents.

Forthcoming publication: The Story of Synko-Filipko and other Russian Folk Tales. Translated by Dr Louise Hardiman

The next in the series, following on from Why the Bear Has No Tail, this charming collection of Russian folk tales is also illustrated by the artist Elena Polenova. Beautifully designed and produced, Synko-Filipko is a collaboration with the Russian Museum in St Petersburg and the Vasily Polenov Estate in Tula region.

Why the Bear Has No Tail chosen for British Library exhibition

Fontanka's collection of Russian folk tales illustrated by nineteenth-century artist Elena Polenova, Why the Bear Has No Tail and other Russian Folk Tales, has been specially selected by the British Library bookshop for its forthcoming exhibition Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths which opens on 28 April.

Revolution blog now up and running

Fontanka's blog following the progress of the revolution week by week is an attempt to bring together various contemporary voices on this most momentous of years in Russia's history. Since starting the blog, we've discovered a major project that uses the form and techniques of social media to present history in a similar, though far more comprehensive, way.Project1917.ruis also collaborating with Pushkin House to produce an English-language version of the site - Project1917.com. Definitely worth checking out.

Evening with the artist Alexander Voitsekhovsky at Pushkin House

Artist Alexander Voitsekhovsky, whose book A Whale off the coast of Norway and other encounters is out now, spoke with publisher Mark Sutcliffe about his new illustrations for Pushkin's story 'The Lady and the Maid' at Pushkin House, London on 24 October 2016. To listen to a recording of the evening follow the link at this address:

Book for Erté exhibition in St Petersburg

An exhibition at the Hermitage in the summer and autumn of 2016 saw the return, after more than a century, of one of St Petersburg's most famous prodigal sons. The artist and designer Romain de Tirtoff, known as Erté, left the city in 1912 for Paris, where he established a dazzling reputation through his illustrations for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, and subsequently his work as stage, costume and fashion designer in both Europe and America. This book charts Erté’s extraordinary career, confirming him as a true genius of Art Deco. 
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