ART MOSCOW/ 46th RUSSIAN ANTIQUE SALONMoscow, Gostiny Dvor, Ilyinka st., 4
From April 21 to 25, the ART MOSCOW/ 46th RUSSIAN ANTIQUE SALON art fair was held in Moscow.
The Form & Bronze Gallery for the first time presented works by new authors, including sculptures by Maxim Vryasov, reflecting on the theme of ancient Russia; subtle and elegant fantasies by Semyon Zhokhov; rare easel works by sculptor monumentalist Nikita Kazarnovsky and terracotta warriors by Vadim Ignatov. As well as the sculpture “Enamored Angel” by Albert Avetissian and the works of fine plastics by Arsen Avetissian. Among the paintings on the gallery’s stand were rare paintings by Alexander Sigov and Vitaly Valge.
The Art Moscow /46 Russian Antique Salon program popularized the Living Together format, where a large-scale exposition covered all areas of collecting, erasing the genre and time boundaries. Sections such as Antiques, Contemporary Art/Design, Jewelry Art, and a new one, Retro Cars, filled the space of the grand fair at Gostiny Dvor.
The concept of the fair, combining classics and modernity, was not invented yesterday; it is successfully implemented by such giants in the world of art fairs as TEFAF and BRAFA. In Russia, the idea has been traditionally pursued by the Antique Salon, which has in its background the organization of the first modern art fairs in Moscow.
In the antique part of the art fair one could find works of museum level, which have an undeniable investment appeal to private and corporate collections. These are true masterpieces of European painting – Jan Bruegel, Cornelis de Haem, Frans Aikens, Baltasar van der Ast and other famous masters. Russian classical art of the late 19th-20th centuries was a “starry” skyline, studded with big names: from Shishkin and Aivazovsky, Repin and Savrasov to Korovin and Serebryakova. Theatrical graphics by Larionov, Sudeikin and Benois were also on display here.
The Art Moscow Program included 30 leading galleries and more than 100 contemporary artists of different generations. Contemporary Art/Design was a current cross-section of the art in demand, giving an idea of the trends and their transformation over time.
Thus, the Antique Salon presented art of the most varied forms, each of which was organically integrated into the exhibition space, be it classic still life, works of residents of fashion galleries, retro cars (at the fair you could see “Stirlitz car” – Mercedes-Benz 230 W143 produced in 1939) or jewelry. The boundaries between the old and the new disappear – the exhibition, linked with the idea of Living Together, became a single multi-voiced art narrative, where everyone could choose the voice of the time that was close to his or her spirit.