June 6 - July 29, 2018
VLADEY was established in 2013. Five years have passed since then. How time does fly! Back then, doubters would wonder who those wannabes were anyway. Does anyone really need a contemporary art auction in Russia? The big international auction houses get it all covered, don't they? Anyone looking to buy art will gladly travel to London or New York, won't they? Fast forward to 2018 and it's a completely different story. VLADEY is Russia's leading auction house in the contemporary art segment and its results are seen as a reference point in terms of prices and the latest trends by artists, art collectors, and dealers alike.
Nowadays, VLADEY is actually more than just an auction house; it is also a prominent organizer of art exhibitions. The company has staged numerous group shows, including the much-talked-about Cats in the Manege and Monstration, which featured works by some of Russia's top contemporary artists and fascinated both visitors and specialists.
Now is the time for MONUMENTAL. Is monumental art possible at all in the 21st century? Are there seminal artists in Russia? Can they create exceptional works of art and rival international stars? The MONUMENTAL show sought to answer these questions.
The exhibition presented works by 34 Russian artists, who live both in Russia and abroad. All of the works on display at the show were produced between 2013 and 2018 but for Ilya and Emilia Kabakov's 2004 painting from their series Under the Snow, which was the most expensive lot to have been sold at VLADEY auctions in the five years since the company's inception.
Viktor Alimpiev, Evgeny Antufiev, Pyotr Bely, Sergey Bratkov, Alexander Brodsky, Dmitry Venkov, Stas Volyazlovsky, Vladimir Dubossarsky, EliKuka, Sergey Zarva, Alexey Kallima, Alina Kleitman, Kirill Kto, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Irina Korina, Oleg Kotelnikov, Egor Koshelev, Valery Koshlyakov, Vlad Kulkov, Alexander Kutovoy, Bella Levikova, Vladimir Logutov, Vladimir Marin, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Pavel Pepperstein, Ivan Razumov, Inal Savchenkov, Maria Serebryakova, Semyon Faibisovich, Oleg Tselkov, Leonid Tskhe, Valery Chtak, Ivan Chuikov.
After the exhibition closed, a catalogue was published that featured the works shown at the Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, photos of the exhibition and its opening night, interviews with the participating artists and analytical articles.
VLADEY was established in 2013 by high-profile Moscow-based art collector and gallerist Vladimir Ovcharenko. In 1990, Ovcharenko opened the REGINA Gallery (which has represented Russia at prestigious art fairs such as ART BASEL and FRIEZE); he is a co-founder of COSMOSCOW art fair (2010) and the RED OCTOBER Gallery (2012). VLADEY stages evening sales twice a year. VLADEY has pioneered innovative formats such as ALL FOR 100 auctions, ARTIST OF THE WEEK program and livestream auctions.
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