In Transition Russia 2008 (press-release)
This exhibition is the second "In Transition" exhibition and symposium. The first was held in Limassol, Cyprus, during October 2006, organized by NeMe, an independent arts organization based in Limassol, Cyprus and presented by the Independent Museum of Contemporary Art (IMCA) // NeMe.org // more...
In Transition Russia 2008
The international exhibition In Transition Russia 2008
is opening in Moscow in Ncca 11th of November. List of participants numbers over 100 artists from every corner of the globe. // GiF.Ru // more...
Russian art curators face another law-suit
Criminal charges have been pressed in Moscow against Yuri Samodurov, the director of the Sakharov Public Center, and Andrei Erofeev, a curator at the State Tretyakov Gallery, in the aftermath of their exhibition "Forbidden Art 2006." The exhibition presented works which were earlier removed from exhibitions of contemporary art at public institutions. The exhibition raised questions about the role of censorship in the presentation of contemporary art. // GiF.Ru // more...
John Varoli. New Kids on the Bloc
For the past five years, collectors from the former Soviet Union have dominated Russian-art sales by paying record sums for classic works by revered names. But as traditional Russian areas, such as 19th-century genre pictures, took off, astute observers realized it was just a matter of time before this collector base would begin to look beyond its national heritage to Western art, and to spend lavishly on it. // Artinfo // more...
Moscow-New York = Parallel Play
National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), Chelsea Art Museum and Kolodzei Art Foundation (USA) present an exhibition 'Moscow-New York = Parallel Play. Selections from the Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art' till 11 November 2007 in Moscow and in New York, February Ц May 2008. more...
Moscow's AES + F Group in London
Mary Mc Caughey/English Garden Lounging and Tate Britain (London) are delighted to announce that Russian artist's AES + F Group will be debuting their beautiful and critically acclaimed Venice Biennale film, The Last Riot, as part of An English Garden Lounge at Late at Tate Britain on December 7th, 2007 from 6-10pm. // English Garden Lounging // more...
Rustam Khalfin Retrospective
White Space gallery is pleased to present the first UK solo-exhibition of works by Rustam Khalfin, Kazakhstan's most important living artist. This exhibition will coincide with London's Frieze and Zoo art fairs, and aims to introduce a large international audience to this pioneering figure's career. more...
Olesya Turkina. Newsletter No. 10 Ц September 2007
Sotheby's on Russian market; ArtMoscow's Kommunalka project; new contemporary art halls at the Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val; Russian art at the Venice Biennale Ц and much more in the 10 Contemporary Russian Art Newsletter. // Contemporary Art in Russia // more...
Nicholas Wapshott. The Bully Architect
One building in the exhibit caps all the lessons about Soviet communism: Lenin's tomb. Despite all the claptrap about
equality, when Lenin died his embalmed corpse was laid to rest in a specially constructed mausoleum, projecting from the
Kremlin wall to stress his links to Russia's bloody past. The luxurious red and black marble tomb, like a Pharaoh's ornate
death chamber, contains a pompous Napoleonic plinth for Lenin's casket. And there is one last irony: The glass sarcophagus
in which Lenin lies in perpetuity was designed by Melnikov. // The New York Sun // more...
Andrew Johnson. Rostropovich's arthoard to fetch £20m
Now a new kind of Russian is in London Ц billionaire oligarchs who grew rich in the post-communist era of the 1990s, and
they will be the main bidders for an acclaimed collection of Russian art built up by Rostropovich (right) who died earlier
this year. The collection of 450 works, including rediscovered masterpieces, is expected to raise £20m at Sotheby's
in London on 19 September. // News.Independent.Co.Uk // more...
Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art
August 25 Ц November 25
The Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art will open on the 25th of August. Founded in year 2001 it now presents its fourth edition and offers an exiting start to the autumn's cultural season. // Rodasten.Se // more...
The Costakis collection under scientific scrutiny
A recently completed conservation and documentation project
An important project involving the conservation and digital documentation of the Costakis collection of Russian
avant-garde art has been completed by the State Museum of Contemporary Art (owner of the collection) in Thessaloniki in
collaboration with the Getty Foundation, sponsor of the research. This is the first time that a Greek museum has been
funded by the Getty Foundation. // Ekathimerini.com // more...
Christies steps into Russian market
Christie's International, the world's largest auction house, is planning to open its first office in Russia this autumn
in the wake of its rival Sotheby's opening a branch in May. Art experts say the country's economic growth is driving the
demand for art. // Russia Today // more...
Elephant art show in Moscow
An exhibition of paintings, all featuring elephants, has opened in Moscow. The organisers of the 'Russia is the Homeland of Elephants' display say they have been surprised how many paintings are dedicated to these animals and decided to put them all on show. // Russiatoday.Ru // more...
Descendant explores Aivazovsky's life
A descendant of world-famous Russian marine painter Ivan Aivazovsky lives in London. Henry Sanford is now exploring the life of his great relative, and hopes to publish his memoirs, revealing a vivid image of the painter and some details of his private life. // www.russiatoday.ru // more...
Paul Abelsky. Avant Garde Shortlist Unveiled for New Russian Museum
An all-star roster of avant garde international architects, mixed with some of Russia's top talent, was announced last week in the first-round results of a competition to design a major new art museum in Perm, Russia. Among the 25 names on the shortlist are Asymptote, Coop Himmelb (l) au, Eric Owen Moss, Hans Hollein, Odile Decq, and Zaha Hadid. The competition is unprecedented in Russia for its scope and ambition, attracting 320 firms from 50 countries. // www.archrecord.construction.com // more...