Moscow, like many cities in the world, combines both scale and detail, openness and privacy, chaos and harmony. For some the city is embodied by Stalin's monumental skyscrapers, by the endless wide avenues, and by the busy tumult. Others, thinking about Moscow, remember the Kremlin Towers, the curving embankments, and the old houses of Prechistinka and Ostozhenka. But more often, those who have had an opportunity of spending even a few days in the city, keep in their minds the unique mosaic that is Moscow. History and the present co-exist in the city, closely interlaced, and supplementing each other. The onion domes of its churches, the Gothic spires of its skyscrapers, and the ruby stars of the Kremlin have all become symbols of Moscow. They recall Russia's history and national culture. They are exceptional features of which any European capital would be proud. But there is something special about our city that remains for ever in visitors' hearts, that compels them to return again and again, and that makes Muscovites proud of their city, that inspires in them a passionate and sometimes contradictory affection and attachment. Historical monuments, unique architecture, the pace of modern life and huge opportunities - that is Moscow today.
Throughout the centuries, Moscow has been a centre of interest. Its uncommon beauty and the refined magnificence of its architecture and landscapes have captivated all who have come here. Besides princes, monarchs, and emperors the city has attracted the attention of many artists. They hove drawn or painted on canvas their own understanding of the city and of events connected with it. For our calendar, we have selected works of old and modern artists, who see Moscow from their own, unique point of view and strive to impart this vision to us. The combination of times, styles, and moods in the calendar presents the city as a whole, showing its post and present. The depiction of historical events set in Moscow's landscape stress the greatness of the city, and images of famous Moscow monuments allow us to look at well known places through the eyes of artists. The combination of old and modern artists conveys cultural and national traditions as well as the timeless significance of the city.
In our calendar, we present works of famous artists and of others little known lo the public. This approach was not chosen by chance. From among the great number of pictures of and about Moscow we have tried to find something special, something uncommon, lo unlock the city and to express its genuine poetry. In addition, it is a pleasure to note that the works of Gryzenko (A. Tretyakov's son-in-law} and Motveev, which have been kindly provided for our calendar by the State Tretyakov Gallery, are published for the first time.
The artists, whose pictures appear in the calendar, help us to walk through Moscow, without the constraints of time and space. We hope that everyone may find his own favourite place here, looking down a well-known boulevard or peeking into a courtyard on Zabelina Street on a sunny March morning. We hope that all may find something special and significant for themselves in this selection whether it be a carriage from years gone by speeding past a cafe popular in our own times or snow near a porch slowly being eaten up by the sun, creating puddles underfoot. Look attentively and you may discover details of Fricdrich Wilhelm Ill's uniform or you may try to compare the Lubyanskaya Square of Yuen's times with that of today. One way or another, works presented in the calendar acquaint us once again with the city and provide an opportunity to take pleasure in the work of splendid artists.
Throughout its history Deutsche Bank has always had close connection with Russia and, in particular, with Moscow. Indeed the Bank's support of initiatives celebrating the culture of Russia is worthy of a separate page in its history. This calendar is the second printing project of Deutsche Bank Moscow dedicated to Russian art and Russian artists. "Moscow" - the topic of the calendar has been chosen carefully. The city in which we live and work, whose history and architecture are part of our everyday life, has always been a focus of interest. We too would like to emphasize the warmth of our feelings towards the city, which features both on the world map and on the business map of the Deutsche Bank Group. We hope our calendar inspires a new insight into Moscow.