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Alexei Belyaev-Gintovt. Patria – Figlia. 2007. Gold leaf, black printer’s ink, canvas, prints. 300x450cm
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Kandinsky Prize in London
17th October – 10th December 2009

Russia’s most prestigious Contemporary Art Award comes to London.

London, 24 July 2009 --- Kandinsky Prize in London, supported by the Louise Blouin Foundation (London) and the Kandinsky Prize (Moscow), will introduce some of the most innovative young artists working in Russia today. Oleg Kulik has been invited to curate an exhibition that will take shape with a selection of artists represented in the Kandinsky Prize exhibition in Moscow, chosen by a panel of curators and art and media publishers and writers to represent the diversity of styles and forms that new art in Russia is producing. Kandinsky Prize in London will be on view at the Louise Blouin Foundation, 3 Olaf Street, Holland Park. An opening reception will be held on Friday 16th October from 6.30 to 11.00pm.

The Kandinsky Prize was founded by Shalva Breus, publisher of ArtChronika Magazine and the Chairman on the Board of Trustees of the Kandinsky Prize. It is the most important contemporary art prize in Russia today.

Kandinsky Prize in London has been organised to coincide with the Frieze Art Fair and will serve as an important foil to this great annual survey of contemporary art. Acclaimed young architect, Boris Bernaskoni has been selected to create an environment for the art and has envisioned a fantastical and rustic Russian village installation to contrast with the exhibitions throughout the Foundation galleries. The content of the exhibition will range from painting to video, installation, documented performance, photography and sculpture. Russia has nurtured a crop of talented young artists who are as innovative and diverse as in China’s explosive scene and this exhibition is being structured to demonstrate that diversity and vitality.

Kandinsky Prize in London has been planned to showcase art that represent important trends, ideas and subjects in Russia today as a way to elucidate that which is unique to Russian art: its tradition, visual dialects and aesthetics. “While we live in an increasingly globalised society, it is vital we recognise that which is unique about specific cultures from across the world. By bringing the Kandinsky Prize to London, my sincere hope is that we can create a dialogue that celebrates these differences: differences of language, images, symbols, gestures and vocabulary, and at the same time creating resonance and understanding” says Louise Blouin, Founder and Chairman of the Louise Blouin Foundation.

Kandinsky Prize in London will be complimented by a series of lectures, workshops and events that form part of the ongoing programme at the Louise Blouin Foundation. Leading academics, curators, and critics will deliver talks and lead panel discussions which explore themes related to current affairs in Russia today.

Participating Artists

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AIDAN SALAKHOVA
ALEXANDER GRONSKY
ALEXANDRA VERTINSKAYA
ALEXEY-BELIAYEV GUINTOVT
ALINA GUTKINA
ANDREY BLOKHIN and GEORGY KUZNETSOV
ANIA ZHOLUD
ANNA TITOVA
ANTON LITVIN
BLUESOUP GROUP
BOGDAN MAMONOV
BORIS MARKOVNIKOV
BORIS ORLOV
DIANA MACHULINA
DMITRY TSVETKOV
GALINA KHAILU
GEORGE PUSEKOFF
GRIGORY YUSCHENKO
ILYA GAPONOV and KIRYLL KOTESHOV
KERIM RAGIMOV
KSENIA PERETRUKHINA
LEONID ROTAR
LERA MATVEEVA
MAKE ANTON POLSKY
MARINA CHERNIKOVA
MISHA MOST
NADEZHDA ANFALOVA
PG GROUP
PETR BELYI
PROGRAMME ESCAPE
PROVMYZA
SERGEY CHILIKOV
SERGEY KOSTRIKOV
SERGEY SHEKHOVTSOV
SERGEY VORONZOV
TANATOS BANIONIS
THE BLUE NOSES GROUP
VIKTOR ALIMPIEV
VITALY PUSHNITSKY


Lectures
27th October - Lecture: Alexander Kliment
Kliment is the lead analyst for Cliff Kupchan at Eurasia Group - the leading global political risk research and consulting firm.

29th October - Lecture: How Russia Sees The World and How The World Sees Russia with Oksana Antonenko
Antonenko is a renowed military and security commentator on Russia. Ms Antonenko has facilitated two meetings between Georgian and South Ossetian senior officials and experts with the aim of promoting conflict resolution in the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict.

26th November - Lecture: On Beards and Biographies with Sir Michael Holroyd
Holroyd’s biographies of Hugh Kingsmill, Lytton Strachey, Augustus John and Bernard Shaw have established him as one of the most influential biographers of modern times.

3rd December - Lecture: Rewriting History – A Critique of the Putin-Medvedev Approach with Edward Lucas
Lucas is the Central and Eastern Europe correspondent for The Economist and has written extensively (and critically) on Russia under Vladimir Putin. The New Cold War is his first book.

10th December - Lecture: Abstract: From Kandinsky to Present Days with Tatyana Cohen
Cohen established Tatyana International Art Inc. in Houston, USA and recently expanded her dealership to London, UK. The galleries represent some of the most famous contemporary Russian artists in the world.

***All lectures run from 6.30 to 8.00pm (unless stated otherwise)***

Tickets for lectures are £5 Full / £3 Concession / Free for members
Booking is recommended (tickets at the door subject to availability).
To order tickets please contact the Louise Blouin Foundation on 020 7985 9600.





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