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Zoltan Bela. Before the Storm. 2011. Galerija Anca Poterasu (Bucharest, Romania)

Scandinavia and the Baltics

The above mentioned Forsblom gallery was the only representative from Scandinavia that participated in the Fair. Their stand featured works by such artists as Julian Schnabel, Tatiana AkhmetgalievaRoss BlecknerChen JiagangPeter HalleyDonald SultanBernar Venet and Veikko Hirvimaki. 

Tatiana Akhmetgalieva

Whereas from the Baltic States, three galleries took part in the Fair: Temnikova&Kasela from Tallinn (Estonia); and Rīgas Galerija and Alma from Riga (Latvia); this was Alma's debut at the Fair. The Estonian gallery Temnikova&Kasela represented the artists Kaido Oli, Jaan Toomik, Merike Estna and Dmitry Vrubel (Russia). The gallery Alma featured the paintings of Ēriks Apaļais and Barbara Gaile, while the long-standing participant of Art Moscow, Rīgas Galerija, displayed works by Ieva Iltnere, Rituma Ivanova and Leonards Laganovskis.

Vitas Stasunas

Lithuania wasn't represented at Art Moscow, unless you count the Russian artist with Lithuanian ancestry, Vitas Stasunas. Stasunas had a solo show at the Fair, and even before the Fair he was highly lauded in the press for his works of „sculptural painting“, which are very requested in Russia; he was represented by the prestigious Moscow gallery, XL. Even though Stasunas's installation – a city with houses, electricity cables and streets which were moulded as relief paintings with the above-mentioned accoutrements – surprised with its originality, the location of the installation was unfortunate. The work was exhibited on dividing walls at the end of the hall, which made one feel as if you're almost already out of the Fair's territory and it's time to turn back, instead of taking your time to experience the work.

Bonus Points

The Fair's bonus points, as they could be called, were three must-see expositions. The first was Takashi Murakami's tiny paintings, which were brought to Moscow by Japan's Whitestone Gallery, as well as a number of other works by Japanese artists: Yayoi KusamaMasaaki MiyasakoKazuyuki Futagawa and Nobuko Watabiki

Dress "Herself"

The second bonuss point was the exhibition running parallel to the Fair, Translate / Transcribe, whose overall concept – a critical dialog between artists and the world in the information age – wasn't clearly delivered and the works of art created an idiosyncratic, colorful kaleidescope. However, the exhibition provided an opportunity to get a good look at a precursor of the future – the prototype of a dress/air purifier – „Herself“. The dress saw the light of day at the beginning of this year and was created through the cooperation of three UK institutes of higher learning: London College of Fashion and the Universities of Ulster and Sheffield. As a science layman, the elegant evening dress looked to be covered with cement-like blobs on fine material. However, the overall look was intriguing and the proposed function made it even more so.

And lastly, the third bonus point goes to the Moscow affiliate of Christie's Auction House for organizing a discussion with the following theme – the relationship between private collectors and public art collectors: the collectors' sense of responsibility, the supporting of museums, charity auctions and gifts. The forebearer of the discussion is the impressive contemporary art collection of the world-famous American IT programming magnate and philanthropist, Peter Norton (1943). 60 pieces of his collection will be auctioned off for charity at Moscow's Christie's in November of this year. >>