Curated exhibition & auction of contemporary
Russian art in London, presented by Maxim Boxer
Friday 20 – Tuesday 25 November 2014
Exhibition open: Friday and Tuesday 10–6pm, Saturday,
Sunday and Monday 10–5pm
Auction: Tuesday 25 November, 7pm
Venue: Erarta Galleries London, 8 Berkeley street, London

We are pleased to announce that Maxim Boxer returns to London for the
second exhibition and auction celebrating contemporary and avant-garde
Russian art with Metaphysics in Russian Art.


The phenomenon of ‘metaphysical painting’ first appeared in Italy in the
works of Giorgio de chirico, carlo carra and Giorgio Morandi around
1910. Their work was determined to penetrate the fundamentals of
being, reaching out to the origins of objects and ideas. Although these
key propositions resonated widely in Russian art and philosophy, here
they underwent a distinctive reinterpretation. Rather then sharing Italian
fascination with the magic of pure space, Russian artists focused on the
objects. Eager to grasp the supreme existential meaning of the ordinary,
they approached the reality via ‘tangible vision’, enhancing the speculation
towards things with tactile contact with their form, volume, and texture.


Opening to coincide with the Russian Art Week and showcasing some 50
works by modern and contemporary Russian artists, Moscow curator and
gallery owner Maxim Boxer’s Metaphysics in Russian Art exhibition will
focus on the evolution of metaphysical thought behind art produced by
Russian artists from the early twentieth century to the present day.


The exhibition includes works by established masters of ‘unofficial art’, Boris
Sveshnikov, Oscar Rabin, Vladimir Nemukhin, Vladimir yakovlev, Dmitry
Krasnopevtsev and Ilya Tabenkin, whose post-war practice actualised
the themes of magic life of an object and the glory of the everyday. The
selection of paintings by Kuzma petrov-Vodkin serves as an epigraph to the
exhibition. Throughout his practice petrov-Vodkin developed an original
interpretation of the key themes within metaphysical art: from death and
resurrection to a somnambulist existence within urban labyrinths.


The show will also introduce a generation of artists from 1980s–1990s,
who professed puritanical simplicity and integrity of expression in their art:
Igor Makarevich, Nina Kotel, Nikita Alexeev, Irina Zatulovskaya, Vladimir
Salnikov, Arkady Nasonov, Vitaly pushnitsky, Gor chakhal, and Alexander


A final section will focus on young artists whose practice resists the
virtual spatial-temporal shifts of reality today as they strive to assert their
inalienable right for a personal, unparalleled view of the world and its
‘simple things’. The display will include selected photographs by Vladislav
Efimov, artist and teacher at the Rodchenko School of photography and
Multimedia in Moscow, as well as photographic works by his students.


A program of public events will take place alongside the exhibition, with
curators’ tours of the exhibition for collectors and art lovers, in Russian
and English. On Saturday 22 November, 2.30pm, Vladislav Efimov will
share his observations on the evolution of metaphysical thought in art and
photography. he will be joined in conversation on Sunday 23 November,
2.30pm, by Dr Daniel Rubinstein, philosopher, the head of photography
in central Saint Martin’s and founding editor of the journal philosophy of
photography. Note: both events will be conducted in Russian language.
For bookings see: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/metaphysics-in-russian-


On 25 November, the last day of the exhibition, all the art works on
display will be offered for sale at an auction. The public auction is intended
to attract European and Russian buyers and European galleries and
museums. With lots priced between Ј500-Ј10,000, 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. Over the next
few years he aims to stage further themed exhibitions and auctions in
London with the aim of showcasing the work of contemporary Russian
artists while illuminating the roots and richness of their work, particularly
with regard to the avant-garde.


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annabel.huxley@gmail.com, One culture communications tel: 07828 130 664
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