SPRING AUCTION 2017
Олег Кулик. Слоган
Леонид Соков. Россия, США, Китай
Victor Tsoy (1962-1990). LOVE STORY, early 1990s
colour felt-tip pen on paper
20 х 29 cm
Georgy Gurianov (1961-2013). Handwheel, 2007
acrylic on canvas, penсil
160 x 215 cm
Date: May 24-29
Venue: MOMMA Petrovka, 25
Moscow Museum of Modern Art and VLADEY present the SPRING AUCTION, which will take place in the Museum on the 30th of May. The auction will feature works by the leading Russian contemporary artists: Sergei Bratkov, Georgy Guryanov, Ilya Kabakov, Pavel Pepperstein, Semyon Faibisovich, Oleg Tselkov, duo Dubosarsky & Vinogradov and others. By tradition, VLADEY supports young authors as well. This time, collectors will be able to purchase the works by Dmitry Aske, Vova Nootk, CrocodilePOWER, Tani Peniker. Bidding will include the charitable part, the funds from which will go for creation and launching of the MMOMA Education Center.
The top lots of the auction include — work by Grisha Bruskin «ABC Truths» (Lot number 23, estimate € 70,000-90,000) from the collection of Victor Bondarenko, one of the largest collectors of contemporary art. There are twenty lots belonging to Bondarenko altogether at the SPRING AUCTION 2017 — including a number of works by legendary artists, from Ernst Neizvestny and Victor Pivovarov to early AES (then without prefix F) and Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe.
The sculpture «Military Musician» by Boris Orlov (Lot No. 18), 1979, refers to the period that is considered to be one of the turning points in his work. Researchers of his oeuvre note that in the late 70s there was a transition from the early, the so-called «metaphysical» stage to a new plastics and a new language of «great heroic style». The work estimation is € 60,000-80,000.
The top lot of the auction is the picture-object by Vladimir Yankilevsky «Triptych No. 9. Anatomy of the soul» (Lot № 19, estimate: 80,000-120,000). The work, created in 1970, contains elements that are often repeated in his work of this period. The layers of history and tradition are combined in this work with a futuristic utopia — a variation on the theme of a shaman totem and ironic images of «physical elements» form in the work a «temporary» balance, where the transition from one state to another turns out to be continuous.
Vladimir Ovcharenko, the VLADEY auctioneer, characterizes the upcoming auction as a landmark. «We have managed to make an outstanding selection of works. There are works both already inscribed in the history of contemporary art and those that yet have to be evaluated by specialists. In the context of growing interest for contemporary art and the paradoxical lack of purchases by Russian museums, VLADEY provides private collectors with a unique chance to acquire art of the highest level with all the amenities. Both sellers and buyers are comfortable working with us».
The funds raised in the charitable part of the auction will be spent on the creation and development of the MMOMA Education Center. This new initiative will contribute to consolidating and expanding the already existing MMOMA education projects such as the lecture program, the library, and the MMOMA programs for children, as well as to organizing exhibitions aimed at introducing audiences to the museum’s collection and current trends in art theory and research.
Drawing on international experience in the field of art education and employing the latest museum technologies the MMOMA Education Center aims at offering new ways of engaging with art and enabling audiences with various learning opportunities to gain access to high quality courses in art and related disciplines. The center intends to become a platform for self-education, artistic and social initiatives, and academic research, and contribute to integrating groups that are excluded from participation in cultural life into society.
The launch of the MMOMA Education Center is planned for fall 2017 at Ermolaevsky lane 17.
VLADEY SPRING AUCTION will be broadcast online on the VLADEY website for everyone interested anywhere in the world. Collectors will not only get access to the auction, but also be able to bet online.
VLADEY is the first Russian auction dedicated to the art by contemporary Russian artists. The project was created in 2013 by Vladimir Ovcharenko — an authoritative expert, the founder of one of the first Moscow galleries of contemporary art, REGINA (since 1990), co-founder of the international fair COSMOSCOW and the RED OCTOBER GALLERY project.
Twice a year VLADEY hold the evening auction — the autumn and the spring one; the curatorial auction (the works are selected by an invited expert), as well as ALL FOR 100 (starting price for all lots is € 100), which have become a new word in the world auction practice. The average percentage of the works sold at VLADEY auctions makes up to 75%, which is considered to be a high result according to world standards. During three years of VLADEY’s existence, works by more than 250 Russian authors have been sold at the auctions, for the majority of them it was the first auction experience.