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10.11.2008
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...

09.11.2008
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...

10.06.2008
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...

01.05.2008
John Varoli. Billionaire Prokhorov Gives $2 Million to Back Kabakov Art Show

Billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov is to give $2 million to finance Russia's first retrospective of artworks by its leading postwar artist Ilya Kabakov, the metal tycoon's foundation said today. // Bloomberg News // more...

26.03.2008
John Varoli. Sotheby's Sells $8.3 Million of Russian Art in London

Sotheby's sold 4.1 million pounds ($8.3 million) of Russian postwar and contemporary art in London today as demand from Russian collectors pushed prices to records. // Bloomberg News // more...

26.03.2008
John Varoli. Sotheby's Aims to Sell $7.7 Million of Postwar Russian Art

Sotheby's, the biggest seller of Russian art, is aiming to raise as much as 3.8 million pounds ($7.7 million) at its second annual auction of postwar and contemporary Russian art in London on March 12. // Bloomberg News // more...

26.03.2008
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...

26.03.2008
John Varoli. Moscow Tretyakov Plans $150 Million Growth After Censorship Row

Valentin Rodionov, director of Moscow's State Tretyakov Gallery, excitedly outlines a $150 million plan to increase exhibition space by more than half. // Bloomberg News // more...

26.03.2008
John Varoli. Kabakov's 'Beetle' to Lead 4.8 Million-Pound Soviet Art Auction

Phillips de Pury & Co. hopes to benefit from rising demand for Russian art as it sells a private European collection of Soviet non-conformist works in London for as much as 4.8 million pounds ($9.4 million). // Bloomberg News // more...

26.03.2008
Interview by John Varoli. Faberge Fan Ivanov Reveals Why He Paid $17.7 Million for an Egg

Alexander Ivanov has written himself into auction history as the man who spent $17.7 million on an egg. // Bloomberg News // more...

26.03.2008
By John Varoli. Soviet Art Emerges From Behind Iron Curtain for New York Show

Soaring prices for Russian classical paintings have thrust them to the top of the saleroom agenda. Postwar Soviet art has remained hidden behind the iron curtain, the poorer cousin struggling for recognition. // Bloomberg News // more...

07.02.2008
John Varoli. Russians Reveal Hoard of 46,000 Art Treasures Stolen by Nazis

Russia's government has revealed details of 46,000 artworks missing after Nazi looting. A new Internet database will help scholars, law enforcement agencies and the art market locate cultural treasures, said the government's Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography. // Bloomberg // more...

26.01.2008
Russian Collectors' Heirs Seek Compensation for Artworks
John Varoli. Russian Collectors' Heirs Seek Compensation for Artworks

The heirs of the greatest czarist-era collectors, Sergei Shchukin and Ivan Morosov, called for compensation from the Russian government to redress the 1918 confiscation of their ancestors' artworks. // Bloomberg // more...

26.01.2008
Tycoon Tabalov Sets Up Kiev Auction House as Art Demand Surges
John Varoli. Tycoon Tabalov Sets Up Kiev Auction House as Art Demand Surges

''Kiev has a lively art scene, of which the Tabalov auction house already has a leading role,'' said William MacDougall, director of the London-based auction house MacDougall Arts Ltd. ''Kiev continues to be the second-most-important market for Russian art after Moscow.'' // Bloomberg // more...

26.01.2008
Russian art collective celebrates 20th anniversary
John Varoli. Russian art collective celebrates 20th anniversary

AES+F get their own retrospective; Tate acquires edition of video shown at this year's Venice Biennale // The Art Newspaper // more...

05.12.2007
Exhibition "Tingatinga Ц The Masterpieces of East Africa Glossy Art"
Exhibition "Tingatinga Ц The Masterpieces of East Africa Glossy Art"

For the first time ever Russia will host an exhibition of contemporary African art featuring works of over 40 Tingatinga artists. more...

03.12.2007
La maison rouge: Sots Art. Art politique en Russie de 1972 à aujourd'hui
La maison rouge: Sots Art. Art politique en Russie de 1972 à aujourd'hui
21 Octobre 2007 Ц 20 Janvier 2008

The exhibition Sots Art retraces the development of a movement which, from the early 1970s and in the wake of Socialist Realism, would stand out as the first original art movement in Russia since the 1920s avant-garde. // www.lamaisonrouge.org // more...

08.11.2007
John Varoli. Sotheby's Holds Moscow Show to Promote Russian Sales in London

Sotheby's, the world's second-largest auction house, opens an exhibition tomorrow of two dozen Russian paintings to promote sales in London on Nov. 26 and 27 that may total 36 million pounds ($75 million). // Bloomberg.com // more...

27.10.2007
Moscow-New York = Parallel Play
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...

26.10.2007
Moscow's AES + F Group in London
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...

26.10.2007
John Varoli and Farah Nayeri. Hermitage Won't Send Art to London Without Guarantee (Update1)

The State Hermitage Museum said it wouldn't send art to London for an exhibition unless the U.K. government guaranteed the works against any confiscation by local courts on account of a third-party lawsuit. // Bloomberg.com // more...

26.10.2007
John Varoli. Billionaire Pinchuk, With Seven Hirsts, Is Art's Mystery Buyer

Victor Pinchuk, a steel billionaire, has provided the answer to one of the biggest mysteries in the art market. // Bloomberg.com // more...

11.10.2007
Rustam Khalfin Retrospective
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...

10.10.2007
John Varoli. Phillips to Sell 3.6 Million Pounds of Russian Contemporary Art

Phillips de Pury & Company in London hopes to sell as much as 3.6 million pounds ($7.30 million) of Russian art from the John L. Stewart Collection on Oct. 13. // Bloomberg.com // more...

09.10.2007
Hirst's $100 Million Skull to Go on Show at Russia's Hermitage
John Varoli. Hirst's $100 Million Skull to Go on Show at Russia's Hermitage

Damien Hirst's $100 million diamond and platinum skull will go on show in May at the State Hermitage Museum in Russia, where a boom in metals and oil has spawned wealthy new collectors. // Bloomberg.com // more...

26.09.2007
John Varoli. Christie's to Exhibit in Moscow Top Lots for Fall Auctions

Christie's International, the world's largest auction house, will seek to promote interest in its autumn sales by sending some 40 artworks to Moscow, including paintings by Modigliani, Warhol, Rubens as well as works by Faberge. // Bloomberg.com // more...

17.09.2007
Newsletter No. 10 Ц September 2007
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...

01.09.2007
A unique show featuring outstanding works of Russian and French modern art

The museum kunst palast, Duesseldorf, with the support of E.ON AG, presents from September 15 in 2007 until January 6 in
2008 a unique show featuring outstanding works of Russian and
French modern art. // Museum-Kunst-Palast.Com // more...

30.08.2007
John Varoli. Phillips to Sell Russian Contemporary Art Worth $7.2 Million

Phillips de Pury & Co. will seek to sell as much as 3.6 million pounds ($7.23 million) worth of Russian modern and
contemporary art in London on Oct. 13. // Bloomberg.Com // more...

29.08.2007
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...

24.08.2007
Jonathan Brown . Rostropovich art paints a picture of his life in exile

The auction of a vast private collection of Russian paintings and artefacts has shone new light on one of the most
glamorous relationships in classical music. // News.Independent.Co.Uk // more...

24.08.2007
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...

24.08.2007
Katya Kazakina. Christie's Plans Moscow Office Catering to Rich Russian Buyers

Christie's International, the world's largest auction house, plans to open its first office in Russia as the country's
wealthy buyers play an increasingly important role in the booming global art market. // Bloomberg.Com // more...

24.08.2007
Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art
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...

23.08.2007
Petrov-Vodkin and Malevich to show formation of Russian Art
Petrov-Vodkin and Malevich to show formation of Russian Art

Russia is to send 140 pictures of Russian and French artists for an art exhibition Bonjour Russland' in The Kunst Palast
Museum is to host the unique pictures from Hermitage, Pushkin Museum, Russian Museum and Tretyakov Gallery. // Russia-Ic.com // more...

23.08.2007
The Costakis collection under scientific scrutiny
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...

23.08.2007
Christies steps into Russian market
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...

09.08.2007
Elephant art show in Moscow
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...

08.08.2007
Descendant explores Aivazovsky's life
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...

03.08.2007
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...


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