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John Varoli

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Art market

The art market in Moscow is sustained by the new breed of super-rich businessmen—while their wives have opened a string of commercial galleries

“Most contemporary art collectors today are intellectuals who own their own company”

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Christie's

Christie’s sued by private Russian art collection over “fake” painting sale

Aurora Fine Art Fund claims it has conclusive evidence that £1.69m work is not by Boris Kustodiev

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Victor Pinchuk

Pinchuk to build new arts centre in Ukraine

The space will display Pinchuk's own collection as well as loaned exhibitions

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Kazimir Malevich

'Malevich and Kandinsky in 3D' comes to Moscow Airport

Irina Lebedeva talks on getting locals interested in art

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Russia

Russian contemporary market squeezed as collectors turn to tried and tested work

Collectors look for safe options in a turbulent market

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Art market

Russian art at auction: Buyers wary of unpredictable prices

Mixed results as contemporary art nosedives while earlier works avoid the worst

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News

Ukraine suffered “colossal” looting during World War II

New research challenges Russians’ claim that they own many cultural valuables from the independent state

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Victor Pinchuk

Pinchuk stages Hirst show in Kiev

His Pinchuk Art Centre will play host to over 100 works

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Art fairs

Financial crisis scuppers Moscow World Fine Art Fair

Exhibitors fear that collectors will no longer make high-price purchases

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Collectors

Collector Stella Kesaeva’s plans for a new gallery in her garage

The Moscow-based collector has amassed a hoard of Russian contemporary art

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News

Georgia and Russia rattle their sabres over war damage

Both sides claim the other damaged historic buildings

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Leonardo da Vinci

Hermitage Leonardo bust taken hostage in restorer's cash dispute

The kidnapped statue has now been returned to the museum

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Forgeries

Can past nuclear explosions help detect forgeries?

The inventors of a new technique for dating paintings say it can prove whether a work was made before or after 1945

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Fabergé

Russian collector’s in negotiations to open Fabergé museum

The proposed museum will open at Baden-Baden in the autumn

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Collectors

Russian art collector could face seven years in prison

Vladimir Nekrasov has been charged with corporate tax evasion

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Art market

Ukrainian artists lead the day at Kiev auction

Yet secrecy over values remained a priority at the Art Kapital auction

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Russian art

Russian art collective AES+F celebrates 20th anniversary with retrospective

Tate acquires edition of video shown at this year’s Venice Biennale

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Russia

Russian government publishes first volume cataloguing fakes in the market

Russia’s Federal Cultural Heritage Protection Agency is set to publish the first volume of a catalogue of Russian paintings known to be fake

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Tehran

Iran's Saba Cultural Institute announces Russian Orthodox icons show

The news comes as unexpected due to suppression of religion freedom in the nation

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Collectors

In a new private museum in Kiev billionaire collector unveils Hirst, Koons and Gursky

The Pinchuk Art Center was opened 16 September 2006

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St Petersburg

Hermitage nears conclusion of deal with Iran securing multiple joint exhibitions

The museum's director maintains that the agreement is no major coup

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Art market

Dealer and critic head to head over Chubarov painting

Was the price forced up at Sotheby's sale?

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Art market

Swedish and German auction houses take advantage of the rising Russian Market

A growing number of mid-size European auction houses are trying to cash in on the Russian boom

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Art market

Eighth year of strong Russian art sales in New York

This sales report demonstrates the intense interest in Russian late 19th-century classical paintings, early 20th-century modernist paintings, and Fabergé works

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Collectors

Forbes Russia focuses on top collectors

Including banking billionaire Pyotr Aven

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Authentication

The Russian Culture Ministry has ruled that museums can no longer authenticate works of art for dealers and commercial galleries.

Culture ministry responds to fakes certified by leading institutions

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Moscow

Russian art dealers released after a year in jail without trial

Couple claim that forgery accusations were the result of a property deal gone sour

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Salvador Dalí

Russian Oligarch Alexander Shadrin buys 40 Dalís

The works are on show in a local museum, and will travel the country next year

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Judaism

Niavaran Palace Museum mounts Chagall show in defiance of Iranian regime

Exhibition of Jewish artist’s work challenges official stance on Israel

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Auctions

“There is so much money in the market now that... price seems to be irrelevant”

Oil-rich private collectors are dominating the salerooms and pushing aside dealers and investment funds

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Restitution

Orthodox Church seeks control of Moscow icon museum

The fate of Ryazan's Art and History Museum could set a precedent for restitution

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Moscow

Moscow dealers to open art centre in former wine factory

Businessmen and collectors fund $4m complex

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Fakes & copies

Fake art: “Criminality in the Russian art market has reached alarming levels”

Tretyakov curator speaks out and admits being taken in by forgers

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Russia

A pilot restoration project modelled on the National Trust is being launched later this year in Russia

Putin looks to UK to save listed buildings

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Russia

Billionaire to open first private museums in Russia

Viktor Vekselberg will establish galleries in St Petersburg and Moscow to display his own art as well as works belonging to other private collectors

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Commercial galleries

Russia’s largest private gallery opens

Collector and dealer Alexander Yakut's new enterprise is his most ambitious yet

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Collectors

Russian billionaires are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on art. None of them has spoken to the press about what drives their collecting—until now

Russian collector Pyotr Aven shows his hand

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November 2005

Siberian billionaire funds $3m Hermitage exhibition tour

Industrialist Oleg Deripaska has become the Russian museum’s most generous private donor—even if his support is part of a public relations initiative

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Restitution

Swedish museum faces Russian restitution claim

The Konstmuseum in Malmö allegedly kept works lent to the gallery before the outbreak of the First World War

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Russia

Russian Court sanctions Church censorship

Director and curator charged with “incitement of national, racial, or religious enmity”

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Fabergé

Historian says Vekselberg Fabergé egg is fake

St Petersburg

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Conservation & Preservation

Russia pledges 120 million rubles to restore warping wooden church

Built without a single nail, the Church of the Transfiguration of the Saviour will have to be taken apart in order to save it

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News

Putin’s unexpected support for archaeologists may be warning to construction industry

He ordered the governor of Novgorod to make builders wait until archaeologists had finished excavating

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Restitution

Incoming Russian minister dismisses German restitution claims

Alexander Sokolov does not seem interested in returning looted art

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Kazimir Malevich

Malevich painting finally authenticated

Traces of Malevich's signature found on 1913 painting

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Restitution

Russian Minister on looted Baldin collection: “This collection should be returned and we will return it”

A legal loophole may enable the restitution to Germany of a collection taken to the USSR by a Soviet army officer in 1945

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Restitution

Recent developments in restitution claims in Russia prove that some art theft is 'legitimate'; when it is committed by a government that is recognised by nations around the world

Unlike the heirs of Nazi victims, the descendants of collectors whose art was appropriated by the Bolsheviks are unlikely to have it returned

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Kazimir Malevich

Moscow property development threatens site of Malevich grave

Local authorities have not been sympathetic towards Malevich's estate where he was buried

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Kazimir Malevich

A failing Russian bank exposes a climate of fear and suspicion over ownership of Malevich’s “Black Square”

The painting is currently with Russia's Culture Ministry, though Malevich's heirs dispute the bank's original ownership

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Looted art

Further cultural valuables to be returned to Germany

A medieval stained-glass window to return to Frankfurt-an-der-Oder, while Germany will pay for the rebuilding of a 14th-century church in the Pskov region

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Exhibitions

Warhol tour begins in Russia

Russia’s first Andy Warhol exhibition has opened at the State Hermitage Museum

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Looted art

Art and archaeology falls casualty to the Chechen war

The collections of two museums in Grozny have disappeared and the region’s distinctive stone towers are caught in the crossfire

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Restitution

Malevich heirs gunning for Amsterdam’s Stedelijk

Museum bought works after artist abandoned them in Berlin

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Looting

The Museum of Religion in St Petersburg has admitted to having looted items in its possession and is involved in tangled negotiations with the Church

Former atheist goes to confession

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Persian art

State Hermitage Museum's show of Iranian jewellery from Patti Birch's collection recalls an age where the export of archaeological finds was legal

The Shah's policy decreed that private individuals could sponsor excavations and keep a portion of the finds

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Looting

Russia rules on restitution: “Art taken from occupied Germany belongs to Russia”

Constitutional court decides in favour of nationalists’ bill

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Museums

A room full of MoMA in St Petersburg's Hermitage Museum

This marks the first in a series of planned loans of modern and contemporary American works from MoMA to the Hermitage

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Environment

Environmental protection in Russia, aqua alta on the Neva

Unlike Venice, St Petersburg is building a flood barrier, but needs more money

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April 1994

Dutch government cuts Mondrian Foundation's sponsorship budget

Holland will not be participating in the Biennales of Sidney and São Paolo as a result