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Russian Art Week

Event preview

FROM November 22 to November 29, 2013, London’s premier auction houses and arts venues are set to welcome the third 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 contemporary Russian artists.

The second Russian Art Week in June 2013 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 (£500,000 – 700,000), 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 Christie’s.

Meanwhile, 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 Nicholas Roerich’s Madonna Laboris, will be featuring another work by the artist, Kanchenjunga, valued at £800,000-1,200,000.

In addition to the auction houses, several galleries in and around London will be hosting Russian exhibitions. Highlights include two Cork Street exhibitions: International Modern Masters at The Gallery in Cork Street with works by Oleg Trofimov and Andre Kohn among others; and Saint Petersburg Gallery which will be presenting works by Cubo-Futurist Vladimir Baranov-Rossiné.

The New Hall Art Collection at Cambridge University is hosting a show of works by contemporary female Russian artists and Erarta Gallery 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.

For a full listing of events and to download a free guide to this event visit www.russianartweek.co.uk.

The next Russian Art Week will take place in early June next year.

Russian Year of Culture 2014

The Russian Embassy in London will be primarily responsible for Russian events in the UK whilst the British Council will be presenting a comprehensive series of events and projects in Russia. The programme in each country is intended to represent all art forms, the creative industries, education, science and language.

Fore information on Russian Year of Culture 2014 visit ukrussiayearofculture2014.com/ or www.britishcouncil.ru/en/discover-arts/uk-russia-year-of-culture-2014.