Category Archives: St Petersburg

Lost, Found, Sold

Remember the controversy surrounding Sergey  Bugaev (aka Afrika) and his collection of “lost” paintings by members of Leningrad’s New Artitsts? Well, it came to a disheartening semi-conclusion this week when 24 works from Bugaev’s collection were offered at Moscow’s Vladey auction. Here’s a brief refresher: Bugaev, once a … Continue reading

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Drama in the courtroom – and beyond

Last time we’ve heard from Oleg Vorotnikov aka Vor (“thief” in Russian), the self-proclaimed leader of Voina, an artist collective best known for drawing a 200-foot phallus on Liteinyi Bridge in front of the FSB building in St Petersburg, he was … Continue reading

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That Time for Dreams Again? Young Biennale, Kabakovs in Paris, and Koenig expresses doubts on Manifesta

As June kicks in, Baibakov Art Projects will shift to its summer regime, but before taking any breaks, there were a few stories we had to get out there. The Dreamers Last week, the Moscow Biennale of Young Art unveiled … Continue reading

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Swearbots, Pussy Riot, and a glimpse Out of Time

Admittedly, from the Western perspective, things have been a bit rocky in Russia lately. (In a piece for the New Republic, satirical bloggers Kermlin suggested giving up optimism and instead start placing bets on the worst possible outcomes, as either way you’re … Continue reading

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The Show Must Go On for Pinchuk and Manifesta; Not So Much, Voina

Countdown to the Future Generation Art Prize Only five days remain until the close of the Pinchuk Art Centre‘s biennial Future Generation Art Prize. While escalating tensions around Ukraine had us wondering if the show would indeed go on – … Continue reading

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Pavilion Politics, Power-Players and a lot of Prizes

We promised this post would be on prizes, and there were certainly plenty given out this week: the Art Newspaper Russia‘s new award, the St Petersburg-based Kurokhin Prize, and of course, the National Center for Contemporary Art’s Innovation Prize, which was awarded last … Continue reading

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Love Stories: Margarita Tupitsyn curates the Russian Pavilion, while much ado in Baku and London

In her monthly column for Artspace, Baibakov Art Project’s Maria Baibakova writes under the banner “Women of the Art World Unite!”, recounting her encounters with strong women in challenging art scenes, whether that be Moscow, Baku, Dubai or even Paris.  Allow … Continue reading

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From Matisse to Alys in Manifesta 10, while Moscow contemplates an Absolute Wine Factory

Manifesta 10 reveals its artist roster, new website While curator Kasper Koenig has given us plenty to speculate on earlier, yesterday, Manifesta 10 revealed the list of artists whose work will be featured in the Hermitage this summer via a press conference … Continue reading

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Principles’ Day Out: Manifesta’s Destiny, Posthumous Petition-signers and Boycotters branded as Hypocrites

Sydney’s Saga Continues: Boycott Artists branded as Hypocrites These past two weeks we have reported on how the artists boycott of the Sydney Biennale over its ties to Transfield (a holding company that had recently expanded to include the detention … Continue reading

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Let’s Change It All: Sydney Biennale’s parting with Transfield gives hope to Manifesta protests

Let’s Change It All: The Biennale and Transfield Part Ways This Wednesday, four artists – Agnieszka Polska, Sara van der Heide, Nicoline van Harskamp and Nathan Gray  – joined their colleagues Libia Castro, Ólafur Ólafsson, Charlie Sofo, Gabrielle de Vietri and Ahmet Öğüt to announce their withdrawal … Continue reading

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