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Sotheby's, London, sold Georgy Nisski's 'Over the Snowy Fields' to Alexey Ananyev in June 2014 listing the owner as The Union of Artists.

Russian art exports freeze up as Culture Ministry launches criminal probe into International Confederation of Artists Unions.

May 8th, 2017 | By

Over the last 10 years various people, supposedly having access to the paintings of the former Soviet Artists Union, have approached me. This body was a sort of Trade Union for Soviet Artists (without any rights) to which artists donated artworks. Many of the items were poorly stored, or had been rolled, and appeared to
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Dimitry Rybolovlev will now face off against Yves Bouvier in Switzerland as Singapore has declined to try the case.

Singapore sends Rybolovlev versus Bouvier case back to Switzerland

Apr 24th, 2017 | By

A Singapore Court, which was about to start deliberating over the long-running Rybolovlev versus Bouvier saga, has directed the case back to Switzerland, in a move that is seen to be more helpful to Bouvier who has previously sought to have the case tried in Switzerland. The background to the case has been widely reported
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A lady considers the Tkachev brothers 1956 painting 'Laundresses' at an exhibition in Abu Dhabi.

Art is the answer but what is the question?

Mar 9th, 2017 | By

While all the talking heads are poring over the just-released TEFAF 2017 Art Market Report (yawn…) one wonders who really looks and thinks about art any more. For those interested in number crunching the report it can be found here Today’s endless art courses teach branding and tie-ups between contemporary artists and luxury goods
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Somerset House's facade on the Strand. Built in 1776 by Sir William Chambers the fine Neoclassical building is home to the Courtauld Institute.

Russian art history has been hijacked by the West

Feb 7th, 2017 | By

  Many Russian Art historians, in Russia, are puzzled by the slew of art exhibitions being organized in the West this year as a celebration of the 1917 Russian Revolution, an event that triggered the 70 year Communist Era that brought brutality, poverty, death and terror. Russia itself, having actually experienced the trauma of 1917,
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"Salvator Mundi," a depiction of Christ, supposedly by Leonardo, sold through Sotheby's to Bouvier in 2013 for US$80m who then sold it it a few days later to a Russian billionaire for a US$47.5m profit, according to Court Papers.

Rybolovlev versus Bouvier case coming to trial in Singapore and dealers prepare to sue Sotheby’s over the “Leonardo” of ‘Salvator Mundi.’

Nov 30th, 2016 | By

The Rybolovlev versus Bouvier affair is shortly coming to trial in the Singapore International Commercial Court, a new court established in Singapore in January 2015 to settle commercial litigation involved in cross border disputes.   Bouvier tried unsuccessfully to have the case heard in Switzerland but Singapore’s Senior Judge, Lai Siu Chiu, handed down a
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Matryoshka radio interviews Ivan Lindsay

Nov 29th, 2016 | By

Irene Kukota of Matryoshka Radio interviews Ivan Lindsay at Waterstones in Piccadilly at the launch of his new book, Masterpieces of Soviet Painting and Sculpture (Russian language).  


Ivan Lindsay talks REVOLUTION with Margy Kinmonth

Nov 14th, 2016 | By

Country & Town House magazine Q&A: Margy Kinmonth talks Revolution – New Art for a New World Ivan Lindsay interviews Margy Kinmonth, the award winning film director, for C&TH Revolution- New Art for a New World is a bold and exciting feature documentary that encapsulates a momentous period in the history of Russia and the Russian
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Patriarch Kirill greeting Ivan Lindsay at the Cavalry and Guards Club.

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow visits London

Nov 9th, 2016 | By

In October His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, visited London.  The official reason for the visit was to mark the 300th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox presence in the British Isles.  The Patriarch is the spiritual leader of over 150m people.  The Patriarch met with the
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Konstantin Yuon, Domes and Swallows, 1921, The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Interview: Ivan Lindsay on Masterpieces of Soviet Art

Oct 28th, 2016 | By

Russian Art and Culture, September 29th, 2016. Ivan Lindsay is a London-based art dealer and writer specialising in 20th century Russian paintings and sculpture with a particular interest in art created during the Soviet period. Our Editor, Theodora Clarke, talked to Ivan about his recent book, ‘Masterpieces of Soviet Painting and Sculpture,’ which will be launched on 10 October at Waterstones
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'Masterpieces of Soviet painting and sculpture,' Unicorn Press, London, English and Russian language editions, hardback, September 2016, edited by Rena Lavery and Ivan Lindsay.

‘Masterpieces of Soviet Painting and Sculpture’ Can Hardly Be Bettered – A review of our new book

Oct 24th, 2016 | By

Pop Matters – A review of ‘Masterpieces of Soviet Painting and Sculpture’   BY CRAIG OWEN JONES 19 August 2016 This handsome volume has the purpose of bringing to prominence the works of some of the greatest Soviet artists and sculptors active from the ‘20s to the ‘90s. This is a startlingly broad remit, even
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