Saturday, March 15, 2008

From Russia

Portrait of Anna Akmatova, 1915 by Natay Altman
Triggered by the blockbuster From Russia at the Royal Academy of the Arts, the Russian influence, in many formats, is happening right now, in London. At the Academy, the first portion of the exhibition is based on work from the two Russian collectors, Shchukin and Morosov, through who's vision and taste you see not only some of the finest examples of French modern art masterpieces (1870-1925), but additionally what happens when truly passionate and profound collectors develop relationships with the greatest masters. And then, in the second portion, it all comes crashing down, when the Russian avant-garde art - in particular the bold trio of work by Malevich as the grand finale - mark the beginning of the future.

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