Russian Art Week
30 May – 7 June 2014
This June London’s premier auction houses and arts venues are set to welcome the fourth Russian Art Week in London. Auctions of rare and valuable Russian paintings, icons, Fabergé and works of art will be held at all the major auction houses, alongside a series of exceptional exhibitions of work by Russian artists.
The third Russian Art Week in November 2013 saw a staggering £55million exchanged for masterpieces by the likes of Bakst, Roerich, Falk and Fabergé and this June looks set to continue the trend. Bonhams, Christie’s, MacDougall’s and Sotheby’s will all be presenting remarkable works of art at their bi-annual sales. Christie’s are offering an exquisite work by Vasily Vereshchagin, The Pearl Mosque at Agra, estimated to fetch between £1,000,000 – £1,500,000, whilst MacDougall’s are offering Pavel Kuznetsov’s Eastern City. Bukhara at an estimate of £1,900,000 – £3,000,000.
In addition to the auction houses, several galleries in and around London will be hosting Russian exhibitions. Highlights include Russian Revolution in Art: Russian Avant-Garde: 1910-1932, an outstanding collection of avant-garde works at St Petersburg Gallery in Cork Street, and a much anticipated exhibition of works by Soviet artist Viktor Popkov at Somerset House. Calvert 22 Gallery will be hosting an exhibition of contemporary Russian photography, Close and Far: Russian Photography Now, whilst Erarta Gallery’s Would-Be Worlds features a number of contemporary Russian artists exploring illusory and ephemeral places. Other listed events range from ballet and theatre to talks and academic conferences, marking this as an important week which supports the programme of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014.
For a full listing of events and to download our guide visit www.russianartweek.co.uk.
The next Russian Art Week will take place in late November 2014.
Russian Year of Culture 2014
Russian Art Week is part of the official programme of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014. Celebrating the long cultural tradition of engagement between the two countries the UK-Russia Year of Culture in 2014 will delight and surprise Russian and UK audiences and illustrate the way in which the relationship continues to develop new, creative and contemporary narratives in both countries. While the Russian Embassy in London will be primarily responsible for Russian events in the UK, the British Council will be presenting a comprehensive programme of events and projects in Russia drawn from all four countries of the United Kingdom and representing all art forms, the creative industries, education, science and language.
More information on Russian Year of Culture 2014 at:
Official website: http://ukrussia2014.ru/en/
Official guide: http://thekompass.rbth.co.uk
Special magazine preview to the year: http://issuu.com/rm_people/docs/web-new–russianmind_special_issue_
About Russian Art Week
VIDEO about RAW with Theodora Clarke: http://www.russianartweek.co.uk/video/
Russian Art Week is a bi-annual event founded in 2012 by Theodora Clarke, who currently edits the online arts magazine ‘Russian Art and Culture’. The website publishes the best reviews, articles and news on Russian art, related exhibitions and interesting cultural events in the UK. Although the auction houses have traditionally held bi-annual sales, in June and November of Russian art, Russianartweek.co.uk was designed to provide a single source of information for all the week’s events and bring together the commercial and academic audiences of Russian art. Our comprehensive guide to the event which lists sales details alongside other cultural events in the capital is available both as a free pdf online to download and printed copies will be distributed at participating venues.
Theodora obtained a First Class BA Honours degree in History of Art at Newcastle University and then studied for an MA in Russian Art at the Courtauld Institute in Art in London. She is an accredited lecturer for the National Association of Decorative & Fine Art Societies (NADFAS). Theodora lectures widely on Russian art and European modernism across the UK. Her recent publication ‘Re-Imagining Russia: The Landscape and Genre Paintings of Boris Chetkov’.
Russian Art Week VIP Opening Gala
Russian Art Week traditionally hosts a VIP gala to open the week. For more information contact:
Images of Russian Art Week November 2013 available to the press:
Exhibition Highlights: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rwsszqvbmwp0j0d/cIETW3n0xm
Sales Highlights (full captions at www.russianartweek.co.uk) https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ir8yw489qsbvvv2/jYl6phNEdI
AUCTIONS JUNE 2014
Russian auctions at Bonhams, Christie’s, Sotheby’s and MacDougall’s (top lots and full captions here: http://www.russianartweek.co.uk/news/)
High resolution sale highlights: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mtq28tao8qn6qp7/CdpCsPKlN1
CONTACT: Theodora Clarke, Founder & Editor, Russian Art & Culture and Director, Russian Art Week
firstname.lastname@example.org +44 (0) 203 691 4508
www.russianartweek.co.uk Twitter: @RusArtCulture