Education and Publishing

“Helping people to get on their feet, find their place in life, fulfil themselves and develop their potential is a very important task to make philanthropy count in the modern world, which abounds in so many problems and injustices”

Aya Antropova

«Temptation by Civilization»
at a festival in Monaco

«Temptation by Civilization» is a short film by Andropov Foundation which was included in the shortlist of the prestigious Monaco Streaming Film Festival. The film was broadcast on the 4th of July before the award ceremony.

Inspired by the works of a famous philosopher from Chile, Dario Salas Sommer, the film reflects his thoughts and ideas on how the modern civilization and people themselves influence the world around us. Dario S. Sommer questions, whether we are able to build a society based on moral values where each individual can find his own meaning of life.

As it was a special screening, all guests received a copy of Sommer’s book «Cosmic Currency/ The Greatest Wealth». It had previously been presented to the heads of state and leading politicians at the United Nations General Assembly as a symbol of a new approach to addressing pressing humanitarian concerns.

Sommer’s most famous philosophical work is his book «Internal Ecology: Morals for XXI Century», which has been recognised by such famous political leaders as Vladimir Putin, Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Angelina Jolie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lionel Messi and Francis Ford Coppola.

Anastasia Antropova

The Image of the Staircase in Art

View of the exhibition timed to coincide with the launch of the “Staircase in Art” monograph.

The Image of the Staircase in Everyday Life, Consciousness and Art is the recent two-volume publication launched on the initiative of the artist and sculptor Michael Chemiakine.

The book was released in 2019 as part of the on-going project The Imaginary Museum. An Anthology of Forms, initiated by the Mikhail Chemiakine’s Centre and generously supported by the Antropov Foundation.

Eighteen thematic projects have already been launched and took the shape of art exhibitions in museums and art spaces within the framework of "The Imaginary Museum” initiative. According to Mikhail Chemiakine, who studied over 2, 000 thematical images for this volume (768 were selected for the volume), “staircases, steps and ladders have always played philosophical and symbolic roles in the arts. Through this image, artists address such existential issues as their path in life, how, where and when to go up or down, or how to surmount the obstacles emerging on their way”.

The volume demonstrates how this symbol developed in visual culture from early prehistoric times to the present day.

View of the Dürer’s engraving, published in the "Staircase in Art" monograph.

Launch of the philosophical volume
In Search of the Truth
at the Leo Tolstoy State Museum

On June 13, 2019 the Leo Tolstoy Museum in Moscow hosted the launch of the philosophical volume In Search of the Truth.

Essays on Ethical Teachings, produced by the museum research fellow, Manager of the Learning and Museum Tours Department, Yury Prokopchuk. The book was researched and published with the generous assistance of the Antropov Foundation.

The author of the volume, Yuri Prokopchuk, shared that his main goal in researching for this volume, was to introduce the reader to the outstanding thinkers, whose ideas were close to Tolstoy’s ethical teaching.

The book contains ten essays on ethical philosophies of Buddha, Lao Tzu, Epictetus, Kant, Tolstoy, Gandhi, Schweizer, Sommer and other prodigious thinkers in the history of humanity.

Façade of the Leo Tolstoy Museum in Moscow.

The Documentary “Temptation by Civilization”

Temptation by Civilization was inspired by interviews with Chilean philosopher, scientist and humanist Darío Salas Sommer, and was supervised, supported and funded by the Antropov Foundation.

Temptation by Civilization was filmed in 2014 and is a reflection on the nature of the conflict between modern man and civilisation.

Is it possible to build a society based on moral principles, or is it a utopia? How can people of today understand themselves, find their own path in life and become aware of their own measure of responsibility for the whole world? Can they grasp the meaning of their lives and find answer to the ultimate question: “What was I born for?”

On June 28, 2017, the documentary Temptation by Civilization was shown as part of the programme of the 39th Moscow International Film Festival.

The screening took place at the Institute of Philosophy and brought a welcome philosophical note into the festival’s atmosphere. The screening was attended by representatives of various Russian leading cultural, artistic and academic institutions, as well as by journalists, writers and students.

Alexey Antropov, Darío Salas Sommer