A glut of art fairs in Moscow this spring has caused some contemporary gallerists in Moscow to rethink their spring schedules. It has also caused a few art fair organizers to rethink the exhibiting galleries. Read More
Sotheby’s opened a Moscow branch at the end of May, appointing Mikhail Kamensky as managing director of the five-person office on the distinguished Romanov Alley. To celebrate the opening, the company exhibited highlights from its June sales of Russian, Impressionist and modern and contemporary art, including Claude Monet’s Nympheas, 1904, and Francis Bacon’s Self Portrait, 1978. Read More
The Moscow World Fine Art Fair (FAF), now in its third year, was held from May 22-29 at the newly reconstructed Manege, a large exhibition hall adjacent to Moscow’s Kremlin. Despite some glitches the atmosphere was lively, and several dealers saw brisk sales, the fair organizers and some participants report. But other Russian gallery owners have expressed disappointment, saying that the fair was under-attended and poorly promoted. Read More
Some longtime players on the Russian antiques market are saying that when oil-and-metals oligarch Viktor Vekselberg purchased Malcolm Forbes’ 180-piece Fabergé collection, he got stuck with at least one bad egg (see ANL, 2/17/04).
Vekselberg, known as the third-richest man in Russia, acquired the acclaimed collection last year for more than $100 million in a preauction bid negotiated with Sotheby’s. Russians waited in line for hours to see the eggs when they were exhibited at the Kremlin last spring. Read More