Russian Cosmism: Modern & Contemporary Art29. May - 3. Jun 14 / ended Erarta Galleries
29 May–3 June 2014, Open: Thursday, Friday and Tuesday 10-6pm, Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday and Monday 12-5pm
Russian Cosmism Exhibition & Auction
Showcasing some 40-50 works by modern and contemporary Russian artists, Moscow curator and gallery owner Maxim Boxer launches the first in a projected series of London exhibitions and auctions of Russian art, curated by theme.
Opening to coincide with Russian Art Week during the UK-Russia Year of Culture, Maxim Boxer's first exhibition explores Russian Cosmism, a philosophical and aesthetic movement rooted in a cross-disciplinary and cosmic worldview which emerged in Russia in the early twentieth century.
Comprising a mix of paintings, photographs, sculptures and works on paper, the show will juxtapose the works of acknowledged masters of early 20th century Cosmism with works by successful contemporary artists similarly influenced by ideas of cosmic hope, conserving an ideal of universal spiritual affinity, intergenerational continuity and ethical responsibility.
Early Russian masters: Mikhail Larionov, Vasily Chekrigin and Alexander Labas. Contemporary artists include: Alexander Ponamorev, Leonid Tishkov, Sergey Shutov, Konstantin Batynkov, Arkady Nasonov, Grygoriy Ostretsov, Igor Shelkovskiy, Vladislav Efimov, Ivan Mikhailov, Tatiana Badanina and Igor Makarevich.
Entailing a broad theory of natural philosophy, Cosmism combined theories from world religions and ethics with a history and philosophy of the origin, evolution and future existence of the cosmos and of mankind. It not only pre-empted various scientific theories but also forged the worldviews of a number of important Russian philosophers, poets and painters.
The public auction will see lots priced between £500-£10,000: affordability is key to the concept.
Maxim Boxer co-founded Alfa-Art in 1991, the first auction house in Russia focusing on Russian modern and contemporary art is curator/owner of Ravenscourt Galleries, Moscow.
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