Russian architecture is a sight to behold, no matter the context. However, if you happen to find yourself along the banks of the Volga River in the proud republic of Tatarstan, you’ll be sure to notice an imposing and colorful building, festooned with balustrades and steeples, unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. And that’s as it should be. Because, quite simply, there is no building in the world like the Universal Temple.
Throughout the years, there have been many iterations of Barbie’s Dream House marketed to young girls—almost all of them garishly impractical and idealistic. None, however, have been presented as affectingly as this.
Lake Baikal, known as the “Pearl of Siberia,” is the world’s oldest and deepest known lake. Reaching depths of nearly a mile, the ice layer on the surface reaches a thickness of over six feet during the winter months. Lake Baikal’s crystalline ice formations and its endless palette of reflected colors are more reminiscent of an artist’s canvas than a simple body of water.
For years, Santa Claus has been busy “making his list and checking it twice,” but the man in the red suit has come a long way from his humble beginnings to the Santa the world knows and loves today.
“Beauty Lies in the Eye of the Beholder” is not merely a phrase, and Russian fashion designer duo Ekaterina (Katya) and Elena (Lena) Popovy, better known as “Popovy Sisters,” are living proof of this. These identical twin sisters create some of the most realistic dolls you will ever lay your eyes upon.
Russian director Anna Radchenko’s latest work “Kokosmos” blends multiple artistic disciplines into a striking and enlightened ode to her home country’s infatuation with space. The unearthly aesthetic of model Yana Dobroliubova is the centerpiece of Radchenko’s visual odyssey, seamlessly crossing genres between fashion film, ethereal music concerto, and experimental video.