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Soviet prodigy Pasha Konoplev

Pavel Konoplev in his youth

Pasha Konoplev in his youth

Soviet prodigy, Pasha Konoplev: entered Moscow State University at the age of 15 with a diagnosis of schizophrenia

    • At the age of 6, Pasha Konoplev ‘s IQ was 142, while US President Reagan’s was 109, and the chess player Kasparov was 190.
    • At the age of 8 he solved the problem of the illumination of the planet Pluto.
    • When Pasha was 10 years old, his scientific article was published in the journal of the Academy of Sciences.
    • He himself mastered musical notation, wrote music and played the piano.
    • I knew several languages, which I learned on my own.
    • At 15 I entered the Moscow State University.
    • At 18 he became a deputy of the District Council, and entered graduate school.
    • Was the first developer in the USSR of programs and games for computers.

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Mikhail Nesterov is an outstanding itinerant artist

Self-portrait 1915

Self-portrait 1915

Mikhail Nesterov is an outstanding itinerant artist and master of the “soul of the people”

Mikhail Nesterov is an outstanding Russian itinerant painter, landscape painter and icon painter, a famous Soviet portrait painter.

Nesterov Mikhail created his own movement in painting “poeticized realism” and remained faithful to it, despite the revolution, the collapse of the country and the change of regime. During the period of itinerant movement, the painter’s work is filled with Orthodox mysticism. His paintings reflect the “special path” of God’s chosenness, a quiet charm with the beauties of Russian nature and the human soul.

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Kazimir Malevich iconic artist and founder of Suprematism

Self-portrait 1910

Self-portrait 1910

Biography of Kazimir Malevich

His father and mother were of Polish descent. They had 14 children, but only nine of the artist’s siblings survived to adulthood. Casimir, who was the eldest child, often traveled with his father in the service. For all his life, he remembered the beauty of Ukrainian nature and the hard life of the peasants.

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Artists-victims of Stalinist repression

Malevich. Reapers

Malevich. Reapers

Artists-victims of Stalinist repression

History is an inexact, evaluative science: embellishment and dramatization of events in it is a common thing. But many scary stories about Stalinist repression are an exception. There was no targeted campaign to destroy “ideological enemies” (as in the case of writers) against artists – more often there were “local excesses”. But some famous painters were repressed, although the authorities tried to pass off their cases as criminal ones.

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Designer Eva Zeisel designer, ceramist and sculptor

Designer Eva Zeisel and her contribution to the development of Russian porcelain

Eva Zeisel, née Striker, is an internationally renowned designer, ceramist and sculptor, born on November 13, 1906. However, she herself did not like the modern word “designer” and preferred to call herself “the creator of things”. Eva lived 105 years and continued to do what she loved until the last day. During her long life, she managed to work in Hungary, Germany, the Soviet Union and the United States, and left a noticeable mark in each of these countries. The dishes that came out of her hands are not just beautiful: they are both delicate and functional. Rounded cups and handles delight the eye with smooth lines and fit comfortably in the hand. You can imagine these products both in a museum and in your home kitchen.

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Funerals of Stalin in the magazine Soviet Union (1953)

Funerals of Stalin in the magazine Soviet Union (1953). Workers of the Moscow plant named after S. Ordzhonikidze during a mourning five-minute stoppage of the enterprise

Workers of the Moscow plant named after S. Ordzhonikidze during a mourning five-minute stoppage of the enterprise. Funerals of Stalin in the magazine Soviet Union (1953)

Funerals of Stalin in the magazine Soviet Union (1953)
First of all, Sovetsky Soyuz, or “The Soviet Union”, was a monthly magazine published in 1930-1990 in Moscow. Noteworthy, the magazine, distributed in the USSR and abroad, in addition to Russian language, was available in 18 languages. In particular, in English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Arabic, Serbian-Croatian, Urdu, Hindi, Finnish, Romanian, Hungarian, Mongolian, Bengali, Vietnamese, and Italian. Founded by Maxim Gorky, until 1950 the magazine was called “USSR on the construction site”.
However, of all the issues released in the period of 1930-1990s I have chosen only No. 3 (37) released in March of 1953. It was a historical issue, which, alongside with traditional articles on socialist achievements, published information about the death of Joseph Stalin (died 5 March 1953).
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Outstanding figures of Soviet art Heroes of Socialist Labor

Composer Dmitry Shostakovich. Outstanding figures of Soviet art Heroes of Socialist Labor

Composer Dmitry Shostakovich (25 September 1906 – 9 August 1975). Outstanding figures of Soviet art Heroes of Socialist Labor

Outstanding figures of Soviet art Heroes of Socialist Labor
This publication features the outstanding figures of Soviet art – theater, music, ballet, cinema, and fine arts – awarded the title of Hero of Socialist Labor. Established by the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR eighty years ago – on December 27, 1938 – the title of Hero of Socialist Labor, the highest degree of labor difference, was appropriated to Soviet people for particularly outstanding services contributing to the rise of the national economy. They are people of science and culture who selflessly served their homeland. They brought the glory to the USSR with their skill and talent.
Of course, it’s impossible to talk about each of them in one publication. However, I want to begin with Dmitry Dmitrievich Shostakovich. He was a brilliant composer-symphonist, a unique artist-communist, who possessed an exceptional musical-figurative skill. Doctor of Arts, Professor, an outstanding public figure, he was a People’s Artist USSR – the people in the full meaning of this word. An innovative musician, who expanded the boundaries of the use of musical expressive means. At the same time, he is the direct heir of Russian classical musical genius. It was in this capacity that he received world recognition.
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