Category Archives: St Petersburg

Irina Nakhova to represent Russia in Venice; Petersburg legal woes for Russian Museum curator, the New Artists

So, while we were finishing up our post on the Petersburg legal woes, Artguide broke the news that artist Irina Nakhova – winner of this year’s Kandinsky Prize – will represent Russia in the next Venice Biennale. Artguide notes that … Continue reading

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What’s in a name? Just when we thought the Afrika/New Artists thing was resolved…

Today, we were delighted to see The Art Newspaper‘s Sophia Kishovsky giving some coverage to the situation with Sergey Bugaev-Afrika and the New Artists. For those too lazy to click on links, basically four of the New Artists – Leningrad’s underground … Continue reading

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New Artists win their case against Sergey Bugaev-Afrika

While the recent discovery of an estimated $1.4 billion in art works originally thought to have been looted by Nazis has set the art world spinning, St Petersburg has finally reached a resolution in its own legal drama over provenance. … Continue reading

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Manifesta receives nearly triple the state funding as the Moscow Biennale

In the wake of the 5th Moscow Biennale, the Russian Ministry of Culture took a stand when it comes to strengthening Russia’s cultural position, even considering the possibility of forming a national ideology (as strongly advocated by filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov, who … Continue reading

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More on Manifesta: Koenig hints at artist list, including Marlene Dumas, Jeremy Deller and Maria Lassnig

So, we know we’ve been covering a lot about Manifesta recently, but it’s on our minds (and we would certainly rather cover this than cover the highjinks with the Museum of Authority – most recently that a purported member of … Continue reading

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Petitions, Propaganda and Manifesta 2014: A “Neutral Space for Discussion”?

So, speaking of petitions, we have had quite a few Manifesta-related versions sent to our inboxes recently. The most prominent was penned by Noel Kelly, on Change.Org. It states, very plainly that, in light of Russia’s recent, very controversial legislature … Continue reading

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Former New Artists sue Sergey Bugaev Afrika over “Lost” Paintings from the late 1980s

When we wrote about Georgy Guryanov and ASSA the other day, it struck us that some of the reasons that St Petersburg’s contemporary canon is not more widely recognized is simply that the works disappeared. Yes, many were ephemeral to … Continue reading

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Poslednyi Geroi: Georgy Guryanov (1961-2013)

On July 20, 2013, artist, musician and all-around arbiter of style in St Petersburg, Georgy Guryanov passed away, after months (and, really, years) of health problems. Guryanov – who also went by “Gustav” – is best known, perhaps, as the drummer … Continue reading

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No “Museum of Modern Western Art” for Moscow

Just a week after Irina Antonova stepped down (/was removed? The jury is still out) from her post of Director of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, (with the more than capable Marina Loshak stepping in to fill her shoes), … Continue reading

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Kasper Konig to curate Manifesta 10?

This morning a very well known art critic and curator in Moscow started rumors flying when she posted that distinguished curator Kasper König will take the reigns for Manifesta 10, which is set to take place in 2014 in the Hermitage, in St … Continue reading

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