In 2017 the Russian capital celebrates its 870th anniversary.

The holiday slogan:

shapes history

There are many ways Moscow has contributed to the global heritage: it is the Russian capital and a huge city, an intellectual center and a talent foundry. Over the centuries, Moscow scientists, pioneers, architects, aviators, astronauts, cultural figures, athletes and military have left their mark in the Russian and world history with their inventions, discoveries and achievements. They will be celebrated with interactive art installations and a cultural and educational program.

The over-arching style of Moscow's 870th anniversary is based on a series of original textile ornaments created by Soviet artists Varvara Stepanova and Lyubov Popova in 1923–1924.

Художницы Варвара Степанова и Любовь Попова

Artists Varvara Stepanova and Lyubov Popova

They were inspired by the oeuvre of the Russian avant-garde and constructivism masters, which had already won wide praise around the world.

None of the world’s art schools could match the Russian constructivism in its sheer strength, independence, brilliance, emotional power and conceptual novelty. This is one of the most influential and recognizable cultural movements that Russia has given to the world.

The avant-garde originated in Moscow and ended up a huge influence on the entire 20th century culture. Bauhaus, the most prominent western architecture school of the time, inherited many of the avant-garde features.

In addition, constructivism was a big influence on a whole generation of western artists.