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Jewish Museum & Tolerance Center

The Seven Worlds of Vladimir Vysotsky

Interactive Installation

Originally commissioned by the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow, “The Seven Worlds of Vladimir Vysotsky” is a traveling exhibit dedicated to the extraordinary worlds created by one of Russia’s most famous poets and songwriters of the 20th century.

The immersive experience, conceived and curated by Yan Vizinberg, combines carefully reconstructed Soviet spaces, use of interactive multimedia, as well as over two thousand artifacts from the Soviet period that include Vysotsky’s guitar and manuscripts.

Each reconstructed space represents a distinctive theme in the Vysotsky’s poetry and reflects on the corresponding period in the history of the Soviet Union.

A typical Soviet communal apartment, late 1940s.

A typical Soviet communal apartment, late 1940s.

A Soviet beer kiosk at night, 1970s.

A Soviet beer kiosk at night, 1970s.

A Soviet mental hospital, 1970s.

Some of Russia’s top filmmaking talent joined Lorem Ipsum’s team to create the impression of stepping into frozen film frames. Production Designer Andrei Ponkratov who worked with Andrei Zvyagintsev on Oscar-nominated “Leviathan” and “Loveless” visualized and built the intricate sets, while cinematographer Vladislav Opelyants, known for working with embattled director Kirill Serebrennikov on “The Student” and “Summer,” as well as with Oscar-winner Nikita Mikhalkov on “12,” designed the exhibit’s lighting.