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"Russian Art from Private Collections: Borovikovsky to Kabakov" Opens at ABA Gallery, Offering Detente Where Politics Has Failed"Art Has a Unique Power to Encourage Communication and Mutual Understanding Between Our Nations," Anatoly Bekkerman, ABA Gallery Director (May 10, 2012)
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 05/10/12 -- "Russian Art from Private Collections: Borovikovsky to Kabakov," an exhibit that aspires to accomplish what détente hasn't been able to, opens at New York's ABA Gallery on Friday, May 11, 2012 through May 25th. The show is a response to a moratorium on the exchange between Russian and American museums that was sanctioned in 2004. That court-ordered moratorium has resulted in an ongoing dearth of blue-chip Russian artworks for American cultural institutions.
This is the first time since the 2004 moratorium took effect that a major show of Russian art will be exhibited in New York. "Russian Art from Private Collections: Borovikovsky to Kabakov" presents over 90 works by Russia's greatest 19th and 20th century masters.
Gallerist Anatoly Bekkerman, the ABA Gallery's founder and director, says, "Art has a unique power to encourage communication and mutual understanding between our nations." The exhibit is a collaborative effort between the ABA Gallery and private collectors, including Michal Baryshnikov and Vladimir Spivakov.
Baryshnikov says, "I am glad to support this exhibition which reveals the beauty and significance of Russian art to the American public."
Among the Russian master artists whose work is on view are: Vasili Perov, Mikhail Nesterov, Alexei Savrasov, Vladimir Makovsky, Lev Bakst, Constantine Somov. Russian avant-garde artists, abundantly represented in this exhibition were particularly crucial to the artistic development of 20th century art, and wielded an enormous influence on global culture.
For over 30 years, the ABA Gallery has worked with Russian and Western museums and cultural institutions to promote and sponsor seminal exhibitions of Russian artists like David Burliuk, Boris Anisfeld, Natalia Goncharova, and Boris Grigoriev. During this same time, the Gallery discovered, identified, and placed rare examples of Russian art in major public and private collections throughout Europe and the United States.
A project of this magnitude could not have been accomplished without the support of many individuals. Key among them are Mikhail Shvydkoy, the Special Presidential Representative of the Russian Federation for International Cultural Cooperation and Ambassador at Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Shvydkoy has supported this project since its inception.
The exhibit is sponsored by Ulvi Kasimov, head of the global investment company, IQ Group.
The ABA Gallery http://abagallery.com is located at 7 East 17th Street in New York. Gallery hours are from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m.
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