2013 — 2015

“Come, Jim, give me your paw for luck …”

A project for homeless animals

The Yesenin Museum of Moscow is leading a sea change in social attitudes toward homeless animals. Sergei Yesenin's verse celebrated "our smaller siblings," and the poet's own personal treatment of animals reflected that. The Yesenin Museum is carrying on his legacy of treating animals as beings deserving of respect and compassion, with multiple initiatives, aimed at increasing awareness of shelter dogs' and cats' availability for adoption, directly facilitating adoption, and small-group education regarding attitudes toward and treatment of animals.

Most Russians get their dogs from pet stores and breeders rather than from animal shelters. Many dogs are abandoned by their owners when the responsibility of pet ownership outweighs the novelty. Russia did not have anything resembling a humane society or shelter network during the Soviet era, so the tradition of "getting a puppy from the pound" is not as widespread as could be hoped for. Although attitudes are slowly changing, and Moscow in particular is developing a network of volunteers, shelters, and animal welfare organizations, shelter adoptions are not yet a part of the culture. Dogs can spend months with volunteers or in no-kill shelters before finding a permanent home, while many homeless strays continue to wander the streets. It is in finding permanent homes for strays that the Yesenin Museum focuses its outreach and publicity efforts.

The Museum's long-term project, "Come, Jim, give me your paw for luck," began in October 2013, with an event in Gorky Park. The event included a presentation on the project’s main ideas and an exhibition of animals seeking adoption. Attendees who took home a pet received a set of gifts from the museum - "Our Smaller Siblings," a collection of poetry published specifically for the event, a souvenir "Junior Sibling's Passport," as well as other souvenirs from the project.

Going forward, the project comprises Russian and international exhibitions, family-oriented events, workshops and interactive classes. Our last undertaking was a series of weekend exhibitions and interactive classes in Moscow’s public parks, as part of the “Best City on Earth” park festival. The aim of all the activities and events within the project is to cultivate humane and responsible attitudes toward animals, in accordance with Sergei Yesenin’s poetic words.

Yesenin's poetry is one of the major avenues for educating Russian youth about humane treatment of animals. The Yesenin Museum's animal welfare initiatives are a way to extend his poetry into the world in a way that makes a difference in the lives of both people and animals.

Junior Sibling’s Passport

The "Junior Siblings' Passport" has been carried over as a feature of the Museum's website, wherein the "passport data" of shelter animals is presented in a way that allows visitors to become acquainted with and adopt them through the website.

The Museum Is Looking for a Dog contest

Starting in August 2014, the Museum will begin a search for Jim himself - a dog that will live on the museum grounds, in "Yesenin's Yard," which includes a specially constructed doghouse and park. The search for Jim will be announced on August 16th in Gorky Park. The contest will involve several educational undertakings aimed at youth and schoolchildren's groups, taking place in the museum and in outside venues, including interactive classes, master-classes, and lectures. Many of the events will include the participation of shelter animals. The results of the contest will be announced in "Yesenin's Yard" in August 2015, outside the Museum building, at Bol'shoy Strochenovskiy Alley, 24/2, as part of Yesenin's 120th birthday celebration.

Project curator: +7 (915) 188-33-25, shetrakova@gmail.com

2013 — 2014

Where Does the Epoch Carry Us… (Seeking spiritual landmarks in the modern world)

A mobile exhibition space that transforms our view of the past, present, and future.

We believe that in order to have a clear view of the future, we need to acknowledge our past. In order to be optimistic about where we’re going, we need to explore the treasures and achievements of where we’ve been.

By plunging ourselves into the mindset of the greatest philosophers, poets, writers, and scientists of the late 19th/early 20th centuries, we can see what kind of future they imagined. The design of the exhibition allows us to inhabit that future, and thus see the present day from that viewpoint.

Any given host country’s great artists and thinkers, landscapes and architecture, great works and ordinary life, will be represented on its displays. Visitors will be able to navigate their own path through a space that will detach them from the mundane, lift them above the everyday, as it grants them distance from their lives and concerns. The display “windows” will show landmarks on mankind’s journey from the past to the present day – the words and works of artists and philosophers, the moral vision of scientists and the scientific imagination of poets - and as visitors travel through time, they will get the sense that they’re seeing the present day from the future as well.

The world is burning, and we think that we’re on the brink. But future generations won’t remember any of the things that trouble us today. By examining the cultural, artistic, human achievements of centuries past, we can see the greatness that we’ll be launching into space, the beauty that will endure as humanity moves forward, past the petty, bloody political crises and power struggles of the present day.

2015 — 2016

“Poetry of Colours” featuring the portable exhibition “Sergei Yesenin and Marc Chagall”

“Poetry of Colours” is a travelling festival featuring “Sergei Yesenin and Marc Chagall,” a portable exhibition organized by the Yesenin Museum of Moscow, set to tour various cities in Russia, Belarus, Germany, France and Israel.

The uniquely-designed exhibition will be based upon materials and documents from the collection of the Yesenin Museum of Moscow. These papers emphasize the artistic links between Yesenin and Chagall, incorporating poetry books featuring Chagall’s paintings, Chagall’s letters with his speculations on Yesenin’s works, and other exhibits.

It has long been noted that there is apparent similarity between Yesenin’s and Chagall’s artistic legacies. During Chagall’s own lifetime, European critics claimed that “Sergei Yesenin was Chagall in contemporary Russian lyrical poetry”. Marc Chagall himself emphasized: “I think that the essence of our art was similar, though we rarely discussed it. With time I came to realize that he was closer to me than any other Russian poet…”.

Marc Chagall and Sergei Yesenin lived during the same time, and happened to meet on several occasions. Despite their very different fates, the works of both the great poet and the great painter are saturated with love for Russia, its people, its day-to-day life and traditions. Both Yesenin and Chagall saw their home country as an oasis which “breathes honey and roses”.

Searching for the identity of Russian man, something that has always been centermost for the Russian people, will be the focus of this exhibition. The exhibition will unveil new dimensions in both Yesenin’s and Chagall’s artistry. The painter had to leave Russia (“the Blue Rus”) but he never lost his spiritual connection to it. Marc Chagall emphasized that he had always seen himself as a Russian painter: “When I found myself abroad in 1922, I felt like a tree with no roots. I was in agony. I survived, and, like a tree, I never stopped growing, because I never lost that spiritual bond with my home country”.

The exhibition will feature a performance by FEELIN’S, a jazz band from Ryazan’, with a specially tailored programme as well as a catwalk show of contemporary clothes based on folk costume traditions, designed by Valentin Udashkin.

The festival framework incorporates other events tailored to different audiences. The showroom will have a specific place, designed and equipped to allow any guest (children and adults alike) to step into the shoes of a painter and depict his/her all-time favorite places worldwide.

Contact us:

in Moscow
Yesenin Museum of Moscow

Tel/fax: +7 (499) 367-59-54
+7 (916) 620-22-47 (Alexandra Shetrakova)



in Germany
Russia-Germany Centre in Schwerin

+49 385 2000124 (Elizaveta Karaseva)
E-mail: karasew@mail.ru

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