We’ve recently been to an amazing exhibition in Moscow’s Central House of Artists (Centralny Dom Khudozhnika. Info about CHA). I’ve been planning to visit ‘Original Russia’ exhibition since January, and right before the end date of the show (which was on the 23d of Feb) we’ve managed to get there, and spent entertaining 2-3 hours of our time.
Exhibition showed different parts of Russia and it’s incredible nature. There were lots of photos of Kamchatka, Siberia, Baikal, Ural and various Nature Reserves and Wild parks in our vast and beautiful country. This made me want to travel much-much more here in Russia rather then go abroad. There are 103 natural reserves here (2012 info), and by year 2020 the government is planning to create 11 more! There are also various national parks and park-museums which general public can easily visit and where one can enjoy a great day out.
Here are some pictures that I took of the exhibition. You will find them and many more in a better quality on the official site – fotocult.ru. There are some amazing photos on the site. I’m afraid the site is only in Russian.
Unfortunately with Russia’s natural tourism there is a cost-problem. A lot of stunning places are not easily accessible as transport systems and road infrastructures in the East of the country are quite poorly developed. Therefore, to see something beautiful in taiga or somewhere in Kamchatka you may as well need a helicopter and an experienced tour guide, which of course cost money…
Ok, back to the exhibition… Another thing I really liked about it, is the interactive bit – they had master classes in various ethnic arts and crafts for children and adults. Guests could try their hand at pottery, wood carving, traditional Russian lacing (Vologda lace), and many other things. There were mini-films about life in remote areas of Russia (e.g. chukchas etc.) at the exhibition as well as traditional singing and dancing.
It’s a shame that this Exhibition is already over, and I can’t recommend you visit it. But what I can totally recommend is to look out for similar photo exhibitions of Russian nature and animal world; there are quite a few running in various Moscow museums and galleries every year.
All other photos are mine.