The documentary is based on the exhibition RUSSIA! presented by the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum in 2005-2006. It is the most comprehensive and largest show of Russian art ever sent abroad. The exhibition featured more than 250 masterpieces of Russian art, from the twelfth century to the present, many of them traveled outside of Russia for the first time. Such an event is unlikely to happen again in the United States in our lifetime. Not a mere reportage, but rather a narrative of Russian cultural development, the film is broken down into 12 chapters each devoted to a specific period of Russia's history. Each episode's title refers to the characteristics and the prevailing art styles of the epoch it describes. Russia! The Drama of Art in Twelve Episodes presents a fresh look at Russian culture, not only through the stark dichotomies of political and economic terms, but also by revealing the soul and the character of the Russian people, it will provide a more rounded picture of a very complex country.