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Russian Art Week - June 2016

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RUSSIAN Art and Culture is presenting the eighth edition of Russian Art Week, which will return to London from June 3 to June 10, 2016.

Auctions of valuable Russian paintings, icons, Fabergé and works of art will be held at all the major London auction houses, alongside a series of Russian art exhibitions, various events and performances by celebrated Russian musicians.

Russian art sales this June will offer a variety of artworks, representing Russian art from icons to the present day. The only-known sculpture by Yuri Annenkov is one of the highlights of the Bonhams sale, while Christie’s will offer an impressive gem-set silver-mounted and enamel wood casket by Khlebnikov among other artworks.

In addition to their traditional Russian Art auction, MacDougall’s will present their new Russian photography sale, featuring works by Rodchenko and Grinberg. Sotheby’s will host three auctions, dedicated to Russian art, with works ranging from Ivan Shishkin and Léon Bakst to Komar and Melamid.

Museums and galleries around London will present Russian art in its diversity, showcasing contemporary artists alongside renowned masters.

One of the main highlights of the exhibition programme during the Russian Art Week is a unique show at the National Portrait Gallery – Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky. Focusing on the great writers, artists, actors, composers and patrons in Russia in the second half of the nineteenth century, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see portrait masterpieces from the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

To coincide with the exhibition, the Gallery will hold Russia & the Arts International Conference, exploring music, literature and the visual arts in Imperial Russia.

Another exhibition, Romanovs to Revolution: Life in Imperial Russia 1721-1917, at Sphinx Fine Art explores life and society in Imperial Russia through works by Russian and Western artists. For the first time Hampton Court Palace has collaborated with the State Hermitage museum to showcase The Empress and the Gardener, bringing to the UK a remarkable collection of watercolour paintings and drawings once owned by the Empress Catherine the Great of Russia.

For visitors interested in the Soviet period, GRAD explores the development of the Soviet woman and her legacy today in Superwoman: ‘Work, Build and Don’t Whine’ show. Pushkin House has dedicated their exhibition space to Russian Contemporary Drawing. No Limits, showcasing works by young and established contemporary Russian artists.

In East London, Calvert 22 will open Power and Architecture, a season of exhibitions, talks and workshops on utopian public space and the quest for new national identities across the post-Soviet world.

Back in Mayfair, FRONT gallery will showcase From Russia With Love, a complete series of designer rugs by Jan Kath, inspired by images from Nicholas II period and traditional Siberian shawls, and Shapero Modern is to host Encyclopaedia, an exhibition of pen and ink drawings by the acclaimed Moscow-based artist Amanita.

The programme of theatre performances, concerts and ballets will satisfy even the most demanding spectator.

One of the main highlights of the season will be the return of the Bolshoi Ballet to the Royal Opera House, bringing to London some of their most acclaimed performances, including Swan Lake, Don Quixote and Flames of Paris. Philarmonia Orchestra’s series of concerts, Myths and Rituals at the Southbank Centre will explore the music of Stravinsky and his obsession with ritual and myth, while the Barbican Centre will welcome the State Choir of Russia to celebrate Russia’s National Day. And Opera Holland Park will present Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, one of the greatest works in the history of Russian opera.

Theatre highlights of the season will include Vassa Zheleznova by The Faction at Southwark Playhouse and Flying Lovers of Vitebsk at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

For a full listing of events and to download the guide, visit www.russianartweek.co.uk/.