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The Russian Lounge

In May 2014 the Russian Lounge at the Kennedy Center opened its doors for the audience

In May 2014 the Russian Lounge at the Kennedy Center opened its doors for the audience. The Russian Lounge was made possible thanks to the gift by Vladimir Potanin, a donation presented on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Kennedy Center, in 2011.

This contribution has provided an opportunity to present American audiences with an image of contemporary Russia stepping aside from traditional historical and cultural clichés.

To implement the Russian Lounge project, the Vladimir Potanin Foundation held a closed design competition. The concept of the project was developed by its curator, Ms. Natalia Zolotova. The winning design by the artist Mr. Valery Koshlyakov and the architect Mr. Sergey Skuratov offers a unique and new vision of Russia, jointly created by architecture and painting.

The former Golden Cirlces Lounge has been transformed to include new, spectacular architectural forms, such as the shining white corridor of a new, spacious bar ascending from semitransparent entrance doors and a grandiose painting. An unsual feeling of air and dynamics in a closed space is an allegory of the eternal ambitions of humanity to aspire above and beyond, a thirst for movement, and the illusion of overcoming material borders.

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