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14.06.2020 / Online Charity Auction

3 June 2020

Online Charity Auction
14 June 2020 / 7 pm

In these hard times art institutions and charitable organizations have joined their efforts to help doctors in their battle against the virus – and to support artists.

The COVID-19 pandemic suddenly, unexpectedly took hold of the world and dramatically changed the usual order of things. Professionals across industries have been dealt a serious blow; hospital workload has been unevenly distributed between all the medical specialties.
Under such circumstances some people are panic-stricken, checking the number of new coronavirus cases on a daily basis and not taking any actions, whereas others focus on supporting the doctors from infectious disease wards, but seem to neglect the rest of vulnerable populations.

However, there are situations when non-commercial organizations and art institutions team up to produce a model of communication in the spirit of smart charity: creating conditions in order to support both doctors (now and after the end of the pandemic) and others who suffer from the pandemic – namely artists.

Artists have lost an opportunity to publicly display and exhibit their works, whereas thousands of doctors and nurses are fighting every minute for the lives of those infected with COVID-19. The number of cases is going up; therefore, helping patients requires increasing effort.
The Foundation of Vladimir Smirnov and Konstantin Sorokin, the Charitable Foundation Obraz zhizni [The Way of Life], and the charitable organization have organized an online charity auction with the purpose of raising money in order to provide essential support for doctors during the pandemic. The total of 50 works will be auctioned, some of them came from the artists themselves, others were provided by patron of the arts Vladimir Smirnov from the private collection, and the rest of them were provided with the support of: Omelchenko gallery, ARTpatrol, Syntax gallery, Artwin gallery, Krokin gallery, and a-s-t-r-a gallery.

Date and time – 14 June at 7 pm
Venue: auction platform bidspirit.

All proceeds from the auction will be used to purchase a ventilator – and to support young artists.

All the reasons why contemporary paintings are considered marketable and “the right thing” can be found in the catalogue of the auction:

Artists represented in auction received Russian awards in the field of contemporary art: the Innovation Prize – Vladimir Logutov (category Artist of the Year, 2018), ZIP Group (category Regional Contemporary Art Project, 2013); the Sergei Kuryokhin Award – Timofey Radya (category Art in Public Space, 2013); the Kandinsky Prize – ZIP Group (category Project of the Year, 2017).

Artists included in the lists of the most significant artists according to the Art Newspaper Russia – Valera Chtak (2016). Artists nominated for the rating of 30 most promising Russians under 30 according to Forbes in the category Art: Ekaterina Muromtseva (2020).

Artists who participated in the Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art: AES+F (2007, 2015), Anna Zhelud (2009).

Artists represented in museum collections and well-known private collections: Vladimir Potapov – MMOMA, the Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), and others; Sergei Bratkov – M HKA Museum of Contemporary Art (Antwerp, Belgium), PinchukArtCentre (Kiev, Ukraine), FRAC (Paris, France), and others.

They participated in group and solo exhibitions in Russia and abroad.

They created collaborations with the world’s top fashion houses: Alisa Yoffe and Maison Martin Margiela.

They participated in art residencies in Russia and abroad: Alyona Fedotkina – resident of the 3rd season of Open Studios (Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art, Russia), Ekaterina Muromtseva – resident of the workshops of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Russia), Vladimir Potapov – the BudapestArtFactory residency (Budapest).

They participated in Russian and international art fairs: Andrey Syaylev, Lyudmila Baronina, Leonid Tzkhe, Marina Zvyagintseva, Vassily Slonov, and others – Cosmoscow (Russia); Natalya Gudovich, Anastasia Omelchenko – Aqua Art Miami; Ivan Tuzov, Egor Fedorichev – the viennacontemporary art fair (Austria), Andrey Andreev – АRT 16 London.

Creating the world’s largest mural: Misha Most (a 10,800 m² monumental wall painting, Vyksa, Russia, 2017)
The catalogue represents works by the legends of Russian arts scene (Oleg Kulik, AES+F, Aleksandr Vinogradov, Oksana Mas, and Konstantin Batynkov), alongside the young promising artists (Alisa Yoffe, YeliKuka, Kirill Kto, Alina Glazun, and others). We hope that participants of the auction will be particularly interested in works by Andrei Bilzho, Konstantin Zvezdochetov, Misha Most, Anna Zhelud, and Olga Gorokhova with the starting price of 1 ruble.

You can make absentee bids right now after the preliminary registration. Further details here: