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11/10/13

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

Fri 22 November 2013 - Fri 29 November 2013

This November London’s premier auction houses and venues are set to welcome the latest edition of Russian Art Week, the bi-annual showcase of Russian art in London. Auctions of rare and valuable Russian paintings, icons, Fabergé and works of art will be held at all the major auction houses. Russianartweek.co.uk will continue to work in parallel with Bonhams, Christie’s, MacDougall’s and Sotheby’s to provide a comprehensive listing of the upcoming sales and events as well as a directory of Russian auction houses, galleries, dealers and specialist institutions.

Russian Art Week was launched in November 2012 by Russian Art and Culture alongside participating auction houses and galleries. 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. We are delighted to announce that this winter’s Russian Art Week marks the first anniversary of the project, which has continued to grow in strength and support and the third edition of the guide.

June’s edition of Russian Art Week saw a staggering £50million exchanged for masterpieces by the likes of Shishkin, Roerich, Mashkov and Fabergé and this November looks set to continue the trend. Macdougall’s will be presenting Bathers at the Lido. Venice (£600,000-1,200,000), a rare painting by Leon Bakst depicting Nijinsky and Diaghilev. Ilya Mashkov’s Bathers (£600,000 – 800,000) and a stunning jewelled double photo frame by Fabergé are set to be the stand out lots at Chrisitie’s whilst Sotheby’s have an avant-garde masterpiece by Robert Falk: Man in a Bowler Hat (Portrait of Yakov Kagan-Shabshai), estimated to fetch between £2,500,000–3,500,000. Bonhams, who broke records with their sale of Nikolai Roerirch’s  Madonna Laboris, will be featuring another work by the artist,Kanchenjunga, valued at £800,000-1,200,000

In addition to the sales several galleries in and around London will be hosting Russian exhibitions. Highlights include Mayfair’s St Petersburg Gallery which will be presenting works by Cubo-Futurist Vladimir Baranov-Rossiné, the New Hall Art Collection at Cambridge University and their show of works by contemporary female Russian artists and Erarta Gallery who will host an exhibition of paintings by Valery Valran. Russian Art Week founder Theodora Clarke will also be making her curatorial debut at the Westbury Hotel with an exhibition of paintings by contemporary Russian artist Boris Chetkov. The opening of the show will coincide with the official opening of Russian Art Week.

Other listed events range from ballet and theatre to talks and academic conferences. Russian Art and Culture will again be organising a series of special events, the highlight of which will be a joint event at the Russian Bookshop at Waterstone’s Piccadilly. The roundtable discussion between historians Vladimir Alexandrov, Catherine Merridale and Giles Milton will reveal their surprising and fascinating discoveries as researchers in Russian archives.

This event also acts as a warm up to the upcoming UK-Russia Year of Culture in 2014. The next Russian Art Week will take place in early June next year.

Find out the details.

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