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What's On in Moscow Over the Long Weekend

History Festival

Dada Festival

Marcel Duchamp

Avant-garde art

The 10-day Dada festival, which kicks off Thursday, features lectures, performances and an accompanying exhibition aiming to educate the public on the work of Dada artists and those they influenced such as Marcel Duchamp and Ilya Kabakov. Highlights of the program include a performance based on the work of Ilya Zdanevich by the Moscow Art Theater and an acoustic installation with music by John Cage.

National Center for Contemporary Arts (GTsSI)
13 Zoologicheskaya Ulitsa. Metro Barrikadnaya
June 9-19

History Festival

Unleash your inner Viking

Game of Thrones fan, love a medieval banquet or simply want to watch burly men battle in 14th century garments? Kolomenskoye Park's "Vremena i Epokhi" (Times and Epochs) festival is for you. This year the grounds are split into thematic areas: "Prince's Camp," "Viking Village" and the "Steppe." In the "Battle of a Thousand Swords," the Prince's army, Balts and Steppe warriors fight with a group of Vikings in a dazzling display of clashing swords.

Kolomenskoye Park
39 Prospekt Andropova. Metro Kolomenskaya
June 11-12

Space: Birth of a New Era


Out of this World

Into all things space? Head down to VDNKh where a new cosmological exhibition featuring drawings, paintings, equipment and, of course, spacecrafts is opening. The exhibition looks at how science, ingenuity and the imagination have expanded the frontiers of knowledge. Visitors can see the Lunokhod spacecraft, designed to move on the surface of the moon, as well as the desert module of the Vostok 6 spacecraft. In short, it's a space geek's paradise.

VDNKh Pavilion No. 1
119/311 Prospekt Mira. Metro VDNKh
June 11 through Jan. 10

Urs Fischer

Garage Museum

Collaborative, experimental art

Swiss-born artist Urs Fischer currently has two exhibitions at Moscow's Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. "Small Axe" features 20 bronze hand-painted sculptures, each capturing a transient moment that offsets the austere Soviet Modernist architecture of the building. Meanwhile Garage Square features Fischer's largest ever collaborative project, "YES." Passing visitors can create clay sculptures that will populate the area surrounding the museum.

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
9 Krymsky Val (in Gorky Park). Metro Oktyabrskaya
June 10 through Aug. 21

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