The final statistics have been reported for the broadcasting of the FIDE Women’s World Championship held in Sochi between March 16 and April 5, 2015.
The daily audience of the Championship games’ Internet broadcasts exceeded 100,000 spectators from 201 countries.
The online broadcast of the event was organized in English and in Russian by the Russian Chess Federation on the tournament’s website (sochi2015.fide.com) and the RCF’s website (ruchess.ru).
During three weeks, International Grandmasters and chess experts from five countries commented the games of the match in English and in Russian on a daily basis: Grandmasters Sergei Shipov, Ilya Smirin, Sergei Rublevsky, Evgenij Miroshnichenko, Elisabeth Paehtz, Dorian Rogozenco and Kirillos Zangalis worked in the commentators’ booths.
The chess fans watching the progress of the match also visited a virtual art gallery. An exhibition, which was dedicated to the victory in World War II depicted by Russian artists, marked the 70th anniversary of the Victory over Nazi Germany. The paintings and sculptures, conceived in various styles and genres, were provided by the Foundation Art Russe, the RCF’s partner implementing educational projects to support and promote Russian 20th century art.
The virtual exposition was organized as part of a cooperation agreement signed by the Foundation and the Russian Chess Federation shortly before the event began.
The tournament has been watched by more than 1 million people from 201 countries. Fifty-five percent of the audience watched the broadcast in English and 45% in Russian, with 30% of the chess fans located in Russia, 12% in Ukraine, 10% in France, 7% in Germany and 6% in the United States. The online audience also included spectators from Indonesia, Malaysia, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Guatemala and many other countries.
A record number of spectators – 50,000 views simultaneously – was registered during the broadcast of the final match’s last game between Mariya Muzychuk and Natalia Pogonina. The final match was the most popular one, with 270,000 views.
The broadcast of the official closing ceremony of the tournament, which took place in SCC Galactica (Sochi, Krasnaya Polyana) was viewed by more than 40,000 people.
To recap, the online broadcasting technology was used for the first time by the Russian Chess Federation in 2012 during the World Chess Championship Match between Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand, which was held in the Tretyakov Picture Gallery in Moscow.
The RCF also supported the broadcasting of the Alekhine Memorial from Louvre (Paris) and the Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), the Russian Chess Championship 2014 from the Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Tatarstan (Kazan), and the World Chess Championship Match 2014 (Sochi).
Thanks to a unique broadcasting technology, every significant chess event has become accessible for millions of spectators from all over the world.
The Legacy of WWII in Russian Art Closes
London, April 13, 2015 – Marking the 70th anniversary of the Victory in Europe, Art Russe has now closed the first UK exhibition dedicated to providing an insight into the portrayal of World War II and its legacy in Russian Art. The exhibition, which has brought paintings and sculptures, most of which have never before been on public display in the UK, became a tremendous success and has attracted over 21,000 visitors in less than five weeks.
The exhibition The Legacy of WWII in Russian Art displayed art from Russia, juxtaposing it with graphic works created by Britain’s Ministry of Information during the Second World War. Londoners and tourists alike saw works by some of the most celebrated XXth century Russian artists including Alexandr Laktionov’s Letter from the Front; Vera Mukhina’s sculpture Worker and Kolkhoz Woman, the Tkachev brothers’ By the Well; and Mai Danzig’s monumental canvas And the World Remembers the Saviours. The curators’ intent was to stimulate the dialogue about the common legacy that a war leaves to artists of all generations.
The theme has clearly resonated with the audience, demonstrating very impressive results for a private exhibition of this scale. During the course of the exhibition, visitors have bought over 3,000 catalogues and altogether 1,200 copies of Viktor Popkov – a Russian Painter of Genuis, a volume published by Art Russe as part of its series of books about famous Russian artists.
Works by Russian artists displayed in London were also included in the virtual art gallery set up during the video relay of the FIDE chess world championship match (Sochi, Russia, 16 March – 6 April 2015). The virtual exhibition was organised as part of the cooperation agreement signed between the Art Russe foundation and the Russian Chess Federation (RCF).
During the three days of the tournament the exhibition was seen by more than a million viewers from 201 countries, including Ukraine, the USA, France, Germany, India, China, Indonesia, Uruguay, Cost Rica and other countries. The Russian Chess Federation provided an online video relay of the championship in English and Russian on the tournament website and on its own website. The technology for staging online exhibitions during Internet broadcasting of chess tournaments was first used in 2012, during the world chess championship match that was held in the State Tretyakov Gallery, and offered a new tool for promoting educational projects aimed at supporting and popularising twentieth-century Russian art.
Andrei Filatov, founder of Art Russe, said: “The exhibition has clearly became a success, attracting thousands of visitors in a city renown for its extremely busy cultural scene. We are very glad that the international audience has showed such interest in works depicting this tragic and heroic part of our shared history. These artists are widely admired in Russia but were mostly unknown in the West. I look forward to building on this success to bring more Russian artists to London and other capitals of the world.”
The Legacy of WWII in Russian Art became Art Russe’s second exhibition project in London. Last year, Art Russe initiated and supported the first UK retrospective of one of the key artists of the Severe Style, Viktor Popkov, at Somerset House. The second exhibition has showed a broad selection of Russian artists, presenting the easily readable, pictorial narratives of Socialist Realism alongside works that demonstrate a great degree of self-knowledge, humanity and awareness.
About Art Russe
Art Russe, led by entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrey Filatov, was founded in 2012 with the aim of developing a greater understanding of Soviet and Russian cultural contributions. In particular, it focuses on collecting and increasing international awareness of Russian art dating mainly from 1917 – 1991. Its aim is to increase appreciation for this genre through exhibitions, lending to international museums and galleries, and publishing books and catalogues on key artists and artefacts.