The State Memorial and Natural Preserve "Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana"
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Opening of the Exhibition "Leo Tolstoy: Life and Works" in Cyprus


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On September 1, 2017, as part of the Week of Knowledge at the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Nicosia, the Leo Tolstoy: Life and Works exhibition focused on the history of creating the author‘s key works opened at the Center. Employees of the Center, its director Alina Radchenko, and the research assistant of our museum‘s Travelling Exhibitions Department Valeria Dmitrieva spoke at the opening ceremony. Valeria told the audience about the exhibtiion project and the meaningful items and books whose images are on display, and about the significance of the Greek language and culture in Leo Tolstoy‘s life. Photos from the opening can be seen HERE >>>

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Yasnaya Polyana Offers Interactive Workshops

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After the winter break, we invite everybody to participate in our workshops again!

The workshops will be held at the Yasnaya Polyana estate grounds in the smithy (the building next to the stable, opposite the Volkonsky House). They will take place on weekends from 9:30 to 16:30.

The cost of attending a workshop is 100 rubles, tickets are sold on the spot.

Schedule of workshops:

September 23 – making traditional twisted dolls, floristry, and painting on ceramic items;

September 24 - traditional weaving, and painting on ceramic items

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Volunteers Are Welcome!


The Yasnaya Polyana Museum invites volunteers to participate in a unique event – the restoration of Leo Tolstoy‘s fir tree plantations. Coniferous sections of the estate‘s woods planted by Tolstoy and his wife in 1864-1907 suffered from a bark-beetle outbreak in 2011-2013. Our museum will have to restore over 2.5 hectares of Yasnaya Polyana’s historic forest area. In the spring of this year, volunteers and museum employees planted 779 young firs. In September and October, we plan to plant 394 more firs, and we do need your help!volunteers


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The 12th International Seminar of Translators of Works by Leo Tolstoy and Other Russian Classical Authors at Yasnaya Polyana

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On August 25-29, 2017 the 12th International Seminar of Translators of Works by Leo Tolstoy and Other Russian Classical Authors took place at Yasnaya Polyana. This year, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the UNESCO World Documentary Heritage program, the seminar was held jointly with UNESCO representatives and was dedicated to the documentary heritage of translators of Leo Tolstoy‘s and other Russian classical writers‘ works. The director of the Yasnaya Polyana Museum, Ekaterina Tolstaya, made a welcome speech to the participants who came from 11 countries, including Russia. Professor Lothar Jordan, Vice-President of the the UNESCO World Documentary Heritage program, and ZHANG Longxi, an asociate member of the UNESCO World Documentary Heritage program, made plenary presentations. All in all, there were 28 presentations in Russian, English, and German. Photographs from the seminar can be found HERE >>>
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Exhibition: With a Gun and a Lyre. Hunting and Russian Literature

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On August 22, 2017 the exhibition With a Gun and a Lyre. Hunting and Russian Literature opened at the State A.S. Pushkin Museum (Moscow). This exhibition project focuses on the important role of hunting in the lives of Russian authors and poets and demonstrates its reflection in their literary works. Twenty-three Russian museums and archives are participating in the exhibiton. It refers to such literary figures as Sumarokov, Derzhavin, Pushkin, Nekrasov, Turgenev, Ostrovsky, Leskov, Chekhov, Blok, Prishvin, Kazakov, Vampilov, and many others. Leo Tolstoy is also among them. Photos from the exhibition opening can be seen HERE >>>

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