Where to go before the match: The Best Cultural Events during World Cup In Russia

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Analytical Agency TourStat (ТурСтат) rated the most interesting cultural events and exhibitions, devoted to the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. The rating is made according to the popularity  of the events among local visitors. Just follow the example of those who already visited these exhibitions or simply choose the one that suits you best. The top five among them are the exhibitions in the museums of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod.

The Championship itself will be held from June 14th to July 15th, 2018 in 11 cities such as  Moscow, St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Samara, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don and Sochi.

The exhibition of Homeland football’s history, VDNKH, Moscow

When: from the 1st of June till the 7th of October  

Where: VDNKh, Moscow, Pavilion No. 67 (“Karelia”)

What: the exposition consists of three sections: “History of the Imperial and Soviet football”, “Hall of fame” of the best homeland football players and “Modern history of Russian football”. Visitors will find photographs from the archives of TASS and the Moscow Multimedia Art Museum; vintage books and magazines; collection of porcelain and lacquer miniatures decorated with football themes; vintage football paraphernalia and awards. Arguably the most curious exponents of the exposition are football Soviet arcade machines and video games, that will bring the visitors back to their childhood.

How much: 300 RUR

The exhibition “Sport in Soviet Porcelain, Graphic Arts, and Sculpture”, Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg

When: from the 25th of April till the 30th of July

Where: Benois Wing, Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.

What: 350 ceramic works (porcelain, faience, majolica) made in the Soviet Union and Russia between the 1920s and the early 1990s, from the collections of the Russian Museum, State Hermitage, and private collections.  Mostly the exhibition reflects craftsmanship of the major national porcelain manufacturers: Leningrad Porcelain Factory (nowadays The Imperial Porcelain), Dmitrov Porcelain Factory, and Dulevo Porcelain Factory. Editions from smaller manufacturers are represented here as well. The exhibition provides insight into topics of sport and healthy lifestyle as reflected in Russian ceramic art of the 20th century. One will learn how the art of pottery responded to major sport events, such as the Olympic Games, Spartakiadas, and Goodwill Games

How much: 350 RUR 

Exhibition “Rodchenko and Stepanova. Football”, Pushkin Fine Art Museum, Moscow

When: from the 5th of June till the 15th of July

Where: Pushkin State Museum of fine arts

What: Alexander Rodchenko and Varvara Stepanova, being on the lead of avant-guarde art, were also one of the pioneers in sport thematics in Soviet art. The exhibition includes graphics, paintings and photographs about football and other sports, created by famous couple in different periods of time.  

Photo Exhibition “Juergen Teller. Russia. FIFA World Cup 2018, Garage Museum, Moscow

When: from the 12th of June till the 19th of August

Where: Museum of modern art “Garage”, Moscow.

What: The world-renowned artist and fashion photographer looks beyond the mechanics of the sport to shed new light on the people and obsessions that give football its inimitable charm. The event will feature photos of famous players, as well as Teller’s works made in different parts of the world. Taking into account rebellious and uncompromising matter of his works, the event promisses to stir some minds and opinions. 

Photo exhibition “Goal”, The Arsenal, Nizhny Novgorod

When: from the 4th of April till the 26th of August

Where: Arsenal of Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin.

What: pictures made by the “chroniclers” of the Soviet football: three generations of sports photographers. On the photos you’ll see Lev Yashin, Oleg Blokhin, Pele, Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane and many others.

How much: 200 RUR 

Exhibition of Football posters, Local History Museum named after Voronin, Saransk

When: on now, till the 14th of July

Where: Voronin United Museum of local history, Republic of Mordovia  

What: official posters, promoting football Championships in Soviet time, starting with the  first one in 1930. The official poster of the FIFA World Cup in 2018 depicts the legendary Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin. It was designed and made by Igor Gurovich. 

The exhibition “Football marathon”, Krasnodar’s Felitsyn State Historical and Archaeological Reserve

When: on now, till the 14th of July

Where: Krasnodar’s Felitsyn State Historical and Archaeological Reserve

What: you will see posters, emblems, mascots, balls of the past twenty Championships, as well as photos of champion teams, the best players and scorers, collection of fan scarves of the leading European and Russian football clubs.

How much:  150 RUR 

The exhibition “Wings for the future”, Museum and Exhibition Center Cosmic Samara

When: till the 31st of August

Where: Museum and Exhibition Center “Cosmic Samara” in Samara

What: the history of world football Championships and the development of the Volga football club “Wings of Soviets”, including collection of rare trophies and soccer balls.

How much:  150 RUR

Exhibition “Kaliningrad: Sports photo retrospective, State Archive building, Kaliningrad

When: on now, until September

Where: State archive of Kaliningrad region, Kaliningrad.

What: archive photographs tell about the development of physical culture and sports in the Kaliningrad region, including football, volleyball, basketball, martial arts, heavy lifting, sailing and other sports. 

How much:  free of charge. 

“Football night”, Mashkov Fine arts Museum of Volgograd

What: Event “Football night”, exhibition “Sports in art” and workshops “Russian ball”. During “Football night” you may enjoy music concerts and sports program, presentation of the new sport anthem made specially for the 2018 World Cup, amateur football match, competition among children’s drawings and many more.

When: June 15, 2018

Where: all venues of Mashkov Fine arts Museum of Volgograd

How much:  free of charge.

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