From February 20th to 23rd, 2020, exhibition hall Gostiny Dvor in Moscow hosted Art Russia for the first time – the largest contemporary art fair, a new large-scale project by Synergy Art, whose main objective is to combine art, education and business.
The organizers pay special attention to education, popularization of art business in Russia and forms of preservation of historical and cultural heritage of Russia. Over 80 Russian artists, galleries and educational programs presented their personal stands at the fair.
The stand of Form & Bronze Gallery was the only one that presented works of art in bronze. Sculptures made of plastic and polymers were mainly exhibited at the fair. Form&Bronze gallery at the art fair had the main goal of conveying the idea of the modernity and nobility of bronze. All the sculptors presented at the exhibition from our gallery have a distinctive author’s style and recognition in the world art market. Their works are located in collections around the world, so on such large-scale Russian venues as ArtRussia, the priority was to dispel the myth about the irrelevance of bronze. Form & Bronze presented some of Arsen Avetissian’s most iconic works – “Smoke Break”, “Black Coffee” and “Impregnability”, Albert Avetissian’s sculptures “Character”, “White Crow” and “Morning”, Andrey Ostashov’s new work “Chimera” from the series “Inner Peace” and Gleb Kruykov’s sculpture “Release”. The gallery has presented the author, who recently appeared in its collection – Vitaly Valge, two paired works by Alexander Gerasimov “The Golden Templars” and paintings from the Renaissance world by Alexander Sigov.
Also on display was an exclusive project created in collaboration with Form & Bronze Gallery and contemporary Russian artists. “Two Sides of Creativity” is a project that demonstrates a new way of thinking about the relationship between the two types of art and opens up a reading of bronze at the angle of contemporary painting. In it, the artists created sculptures based on their paintings, giving them additional meaning, based on the possibilities of an unusual material for them, which allowed them to expand the scope of their creativity and bring new currents to the bronze sculpture. The gallery brought to ArtRussia two works from this project – “Noise of the Sea” by Nikolay Reznichenko and “North Wind” by Alexander Sigov.
The fair featured an exhibition of sculptures by the world famous sculptor Lorenzo Quinn, son of Hollywood actor Anthony Quinn from a private collection.
As part of the Art Russia fair, a large-scale international art forum was held, which addressed the development of the modern art market, Russia’s position on the cultural map of the world and innovative approaches in promoting Russian art and culture in the world society.
Special guests of the fair were: Hervé Mikaelof – independent art consultant and curator of Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy on all art projects and collaborations. Hervé has worked for Fondation Cartier for Contemporary Art, Gallery Emmanuel Perrotin and with the French edition of l’Officiel Art. Joachim Pissarro, who is the great-grandson of one of the founders of the school of Impressionists, the famous French artist Camille Pissarro. Joachim was curator of exhibitions of such famous artists as Jeff Koons, Lorenzo Quinn, George Condo. Kevin Ebosch who is an Irish conceptual artist known for his works in the fields of photography, sculpture, installation, artificial intelligence, block chain and film, as well as famous for selling photographs of “potatoes” for one million euros. Other speakers at the fair included Louis Bernardo Brito, Geoffrey Taylor, Aurélie Julien, Silvan Levi, Bertrand Scholler, Kari Conte, Christina Steinbreacher and many others.
A special project of Art Russia fair was the competition of contemporary short Russian films about art “Art Russia Film”. The aim of the competition was to support creative youth in the field of cinema, to promote Russian art and art business in Russia as a whole, and to form its high social and cultural status. The winner’s film will be shown on February 19, 2020 at the Oktyabr Film Centre.
Video review of ArtRussia fair on Art Patrol channel with Form & Bronze Gallery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Mtb6aR5aRI&t=1s
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