Another City - Home / News / "Charlie Chaplin" exhibition

"Charlie Chaplin" exhibition

Until the 17th of February 2013, at the Multimedia Art Museum you can visit an exhibition dedicated to the great comedian Charlie Chaplin. At the exhibition you will see many photos of Charlie Chaplin with interesting comments and watch the best fragments of his films. You’ll hardly be able to find a more recognizable character in the cinema history than Charlie Chaplin. The exhibition at the Multimedia Art Museum is another chance to find out who was Charles Chaplin in fact – an actor, an artistic director, or a person who made the whole world laugh.

From the first short, Kid Auto Races At Venice, to the heights of fame and his own studio with 70 feature films to its name — visitors to the exhibition can witness the emergence and development of Chaplin’s character. At the very beginning this was a bold and crafty opportunist who thought nothing of robbing his buddies or running after the neighbour’s wife, and Chaplin had a long journey ahead before arriving at the sentimental and extraordinarily talented Tramp. Rare documentary material bears testimony to the stages in which his character developed (the exhibits include photographs from film company archives where Chaplin worked, and fragments from his own photo and video archives); moreover, the curator always keeps in the field of vision the real Charles Chaplin’s biography and its various upheavals: court proceedings, revocation of his American visa, active involvement in civil liberties, political beliefs, etc.

The exhibition is in six main sections, each representing a separate aspect of the real Chaplin, the man and the actor, and visitors have the rare opportunity to see for themselves how and when Chaplin’s screen image appeared, the techniques he used for comic effect and the wide-ranging talent that enabled him to be ’all and sundry’ in his movies: filmmaker, director, actor, composer and producer. For example, the ’Choreography of Movement’ section is devoted entirely to Chaplin’s unique plasticity: his movements are reminiscent of a dance, and the sequence of motion is rather like an avant-garde ballet. The great Russian dancer Vaslav Nijinsky met Chaplin and genuinely admired his ’dancing’, while Chaplin called Nijinsky ’one of the few real geniuses’ he had encountered. Chaplin’s presence in ’highbrow’ avant-garde culture is one of the most interesting topics covered by the exhibition: for instance, the Little Tramp plays the leading role in a screenplay written by Fernand Léger as part of his legendary Ballet Mécanique, and artists have frequently derived inspiration from Chaplin’s image charged with symbolism and dynamic plasticity. In Léger’s sketches the figure is broken apart, then reconstructed, and the features of his silhouette yield to Cubist decomposition.

As if in jest, Chaplin has entered the ’mainstream’ of 20th-century culture and become an intrinsic part of it. Not only inventing a new type of humour and creating his own school of direction, he also transformed his image into a symbol that shines like a beacon through the passing years and continues to make audiences laugh.


  • Address: 16, Ostojenka Street (metro station Kropotkinskaya).  
  • When: from November 30, 2012 until February 17, 2013. 12:00 – 21:00 every dat except Monday.
  • Entrance fee: 300 rubles. Every Sunday of a month entrance is free.
  • Website:


Author of the photos: esperna

See other:

Fountain Fountain "Princess Turandot " One of the most long-suffering fountains in Moscow which no one vandal passes by is a fountain "Princess Turandot ". The fountain is located not far from the theater na... Подробнее...
Pet Shop in Old Arbat Street Pet Shop in Old Arbat Street This pet shop in Old Arbat Street is the oldest one and no doubt – one of the biggest in Russia. The first mentions of pet trading in the building are dated by the begi... Подробнее...
Parade of soap bubbles “Dreamflash” Parade of soap bubbles “Dreamflash” On 18th of May at 14:30 at the All-Russia Exhibition Center you can take part in the annual parade of soap bubbles “Dreamflash”. Подробнее...
Multifunctional complex SkyLight Multifunctional complex SkyLight The multifunctional complex "Skylight" was built in the northwest of Moscow in 2012. It is designed in a high-tech style and includes two symmetrical towers, which... Подробнее...
Monument to Processed cheese Monument to Processed cheese Not far from the metro station "Dmitrovskaya" you can find an interesting monument to the famous Russian processed cheese called "Friendship" ("Drujba" in Russian). The... Подробнее...

Our Friends

Specialist and job on the map

Unusual Moscow tours

Non-profit organization 'Medical Clowns'

Asthma Association

Search for Missing Children

Сharitable foundation "Happy world"

"Adoption in Russia" project

Metro for everybody

Culture. Services. News

Contact us