Exhibitions Archive

Storm of the Summerschool

Current Exhibition (February/March 2015)

LENIN IN ART- A PRIVATE COLLECTION OF SOCIALIST REALIST ART

Interest in Socialist Realism art works from the Soviet Union has developed very rapidly these last several years, especially from the point of view of Western collectors and investors. It seems there's an insatiable demand for such art these days as the number of high quality paintings quickly diminishes, like snow melting in the sun. Within a ...



Charge! All towards Gook-ryeong Maroo! (Name of area, part of a mountain)

June 2010

NORTH KOREAN POSTERS - A PRIVATE COLLECTION

This collection of 50 hand-painted, original posters offers a rare chance to enjoy the art of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Commonly known as North Korea, it is considered one of the world’s most closed societies. The posters express historical and socio-political messages, military orders and adverts for cultural events. They ...



El Che

July 2010

RARE REVOLUTIONARY CUBAN PRINTS BY MAJOR CUBAN ARTISTS FREMEZ AND VALDES

This month, ArtImport concentrates on the work of two of Cuba’s most renowned graphic artists, José Gómez Frequez (Frémez) and Luis Miguel Valdés Morales. A leading figure of Cuban and Latin American serigraphy at the end of the 1960s, Frémez’s work is best known for combining the media of printing, collage, poster art and cartoons with strong ...



The Denouncement of the Warsaw Treaty

August 2010

A COLLECTION OF SOCIALIST REALIST ALBANIAN PAINTINGS AND POLITICAL INK DRAWINGS BY LISTED ALBANIAN ARTISTS R.PERMETI, N.PROGRI, K.RAKA

This month ArtImport is proud to present one of the first exhibitions of Albanian Political and Socialist Realist art in London. Very little known or studied in the West, Albanian art of this genre draws interesting parallels with that of its long-standing political and ideological allies, The Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China. The ...



Soldiers on Leave

September 2010

SMALL SOVIET SOCIALIST REALIST PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS BY WELL KNOWN RUSSIAN ARTISTS

This month ArtImport is proud to present a rare collection of small Soviet Socialist Realist paintings, drawings and studies, dating from the early 1950s. Spanning a range of different media, these pictures cover many aspects of Soviet life, as played out in such arenas as the mines, factories, fields and battlefields. Molteninov’s painting ...



The London assurance company

October 2010

VINTAGE CHINESE REVOLUTIONARY POSTERS AND RARE TERRACOTTA FIGURINES

This collection provides an idea of the styles and themes of propaganda posters and other art forms, produced in China after the birth of the Republic. The People's Republic of China (PRC), also known as Red China or Communist China, was proclaimed by Mao Zedong in 1949. The Chinese propaganda posters shown here are a collection of ...



Autumn Day

November/December 2010

SOVIET SOCIALIST REALIST AND SOVIET IMPRESSIONIST PICTURES

This month ArtImport is proud to present in the run up to Christmas, a stunning private collection of Soviet Socialist Realist and Soviet Impressionist paintings from the 1930s and up to the 1980s, from some of the most famous artists of the former USSR. Painters include Mikhail Bozhi, Iosif Gurvich, Boris Pastoukhoff, Willie Mokrozhitski, ...



Rain near Kyzyl village

January 2011

GEORGYI CHIGANOV WATERCOLOURS

Watercolours hold a prominence in G.Chiganov's works. His watercolour landscapes are evidence of the ingeniousness of his perception, his expansive and vigorous style, his ability to perceive the charm of his native Kazhakstan, and his passion for his environment. No matter in which part of the USSR he is in, the distant Kola Peninsula or the ...



Feeding Chickens

February 2011

CHILDREN AND THE IDYLL IN SOVIET PAINTING

This month ArtImport brings you for sale, works from two separate important private collections, accumulated with care over the years, one from the UK and one from France. One consists of the work of important Ukrainian artists, mostly born in the early twentieth century, such as Besedin, Yarovoi, Mischenko and Yanchak. The other, is made ...



Drilling in the Taiga (Landscapes from Siberia Series)

March 2011

SASHA GANELIN & ROBERT PERMETI - LANDSCAPES FROM SIBERIA AND ALBANIA, BY TWO SOCIALIST REALIST TRAINED ARTISTS

Sasha Ganelin was born in Moscow in 1957. When he was five years old he started to draw historical events that filled the world of his childhood. At that time he already knew his life would be dedicated to art. A year later he took painting lessons in the Russian capital so his extraordinary talent got properly developed and he received ...



The Fight Against the US Army Series

April/May 2011

OLD VIETNAMESE POLITICAL POSTERS

This month ArtImport is proud to present a unique collection of 45 original posters from famous Vietnamese collectors of many years. These vintage political proganda posters were mostly painted during the war in Vietnam (1945 - 1975) and were not individually signed as paintings. Some of these posters are older than others and some are in ...



In the Paint Workshop

June 2011

MASABIKH AKHUNOV: THE LINOCUT MASTER OF SOVIET RUSSIA

Masabikh Fatkhlislamovich Akhunov was born in the village Verkhne-Moncharova in Bashkiria. He reinvented the linocut media in the 1960's, last taken seriously by the Russian/Soviet avantgarde of the 1920's. Utilizing his masterful command of the media's technique and his creative approach to the opportunities in the media, he set new standards for ...



Reconstruction

July 2011

RUSSIAN AND UKRAINIAN MASTERS

This exhibition features fascinating Soviet paintings from as early as the 1940s and the 1950s from Ukraine and Russia. Artists include Galaganov, Mikita, Loboda, Lopukhov and many others. Themes include military scenes, portraits, still life and industry. Most of the paintings in this collection have not been exhibited before in the UK and most ...



Milker

August 2011

SVIATOSLAV DEREKA PAINTINGS

The paintings of an outstanding Ukrainian master Sviatoslav Dereka (born 1948) are inspired by the Russian avant-garde (first quarter of the 20th century) and Ukrainian folk art. A blend of cubism and futurism, fauvism and primitivism, along with native village painting, characterises Dereka’s bold, colourful style. His works were inspired by the ...



Series ,,Festive Processions'', House of Cards

September 2011

GEORGIAN MASTERS

ArtImport is proud to present the works of five masters of Georgian art from the 20th and 21st centuries: Gia Bughadze, Vladimir Kandelaki, Zurab Nijaradze, Korneli Sanadze and Robert Sturua Snr. Due to its history and location on the border of Europe and Asia, Georgian art is rich and diverse. Professor Korneli Sanadze’s landscapes and ...



Iron Ore Mining. Evening

October 2011

GRYGORI SHYSHKO: INDUSTRIAL LANDSCAPES

Grygori Shyshko was born in 1923 in Kostromka, Dnipropetrovsk region of Ukraine. On graduation from Odessa Art College in 1953, he joined the Kryvyi Rih Union of Artists, with whom he first exhibited locally and regionally in 1954, when he also started work at the Kryvyi Rih branch of Dnipropetrovsk Art Fund, where he eventually became head of its ...



Demolition

November/December 2011

FERMIN ROCKER: CITY LIFE

Fermin Rocker was born on December 22nd, 1907. He was the son of Rudolf Rocker, the renowned anarchist leader. He was raised in the East End of London before WWI. In 1918 he moved with his family to Berlin and studied graphic art. In 1929 he moved again to New York, this time working as an illustrator for magazines, newspapers, books and films. ...



Untitled

January 2012

VLADIMIR ZHUGAN: LANDSCAPES AND INDUSTRIAL LANDSCAPES

Born in 1926. Zhugan is a veteran of the Second World War. After the war he studied at the Dnepropetrovsk Art College. Graduated from it in 1951. He has been a participant of the local and national art shows since 1951. In 1964, he joined the Union of the Soviet Artists. Was awarded the title of an Honoured Artist of Ukraine. His art works were ...



The Bolsheviks must own and understand all technology

February 2012

SOVIET POSTERS: AUTHENTIC POSTER ART AND COPIES FROM THE ORIGINALS

Soviet realism was based around the art of the public poster. Posters were everywhere, the walls of schools, in hospitals and factories. They were persuasive and didactic. They were specifically aimed at the uneducated masses of farmers, soldiers and workers, but also targeted the young and embraced the party faithful. The true comparison with ...



Conversation (Series from the Working Term)

March 2012

THE GRAPHIC WORKS OF GRIGORY PALATNIKOV

Odessa born artist Grigory Palatnikov uses traditional forms; he concentrates on enriching content, using hidden metaphors to emphasise the emotional side of his subjects. He works mainly in book illustrations, adding a visual emphasis to the books of classical, contemporary or “rehabilitated” writers. Palatnikov created a series of illustrations ...



Sand-storm (Series Cymmerian Winds)

April 2012

VLADIMIR BAKHTOV: ETCHINGS

Vladimir Bakhtov (b. 1954): Graduate of the Graphic Arts Faculty of Odessa Pedagogical Institute. From the early years of his artistic career he adopted a Surrealistic approach, evoking in his etchings and oil paintings the old world of ancient myths and pagan rituals seen through the lens of his time. As many other Ukrainian non-conformist ...



Remembrance

May 2012

GRAHAM FLACK- PORTRAITS

Graham Flack was born in Dromore, Northern Ireland, He graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2000 with a BA (First Class Hons) he went on to gain his Master of Fine Art there in 2002. He has won many awards including third prize in the BP Portrait Award in 2003. He was listed as one of the ‘Top 20 of Scottish Art’ new and old, to invest in by ...



Portrait

June 2012

VALERY IVANOVICH ZHIVULIN - WORKS ON BOARD, OIL AND CANVAS BY A SOVIET REALIST PAINTER

Born 1939. Two dimensional artist.



Aboard the Ship

July 2012

WORKS BY SOVIET ARTISTS 1960S-1980S

Artists include Dyagilev A.I., Karacharskov N.P., Kudyakov A., Lezhnin I.V., Lobko A.M., Motorin A.V., Nikulin V.V., Paramonov N.M., Sablin V.I., and Starostin E.N. ...



Russian Language

August 2012

SOVIET POSTERS- A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Posters include originals from the 1970s. There are 20 original posters included in this special collection. ...



Ukranian Village Scene

September 2012

THE IMPRESSIONIST PAINTINGS OF VLADIMIR LITVINENKO

Born in Gadyach, Poltava region, Ukraine, 1930. Studied at Odessa Art College until 1956. Active in Odessa, Ukraine. ...



Rape of Europa

October 2012

VALENTIN KHRUSH: MYTH AND REVOLUTION

Born 1943 in Odessa, Ukraine. Nonconformist Artist. Deceased.



Women on the Bugaz Beach

November 2012

VICTOR MARYNIUK: PAINTINGS INSPIRED BY 1920S SOVIET ART

Victor Maryniuk (born 1935), graduated from the Odessa State Art College in 1967. In style if not in content, his paintings seem to draw on the experimental traditions of Soviet Art in the proletcult decade of the 1920s. ...



Theatre Design

December 2012/January 2013

STEFAN LAZARIDES: COSTUME AND THEATRE DESIGNS

by David Jays, The Guardian, Sunday 16 May 2010 (extract) For some, opera describes private passions, voicing individual desires and tragedy. For others – especially directors and designers of the late 20th century – opera is an idea. It strikes sparks when characters run against their turbulent society, acting like lightning conductors for a ...



Angel in the Mirror with a Defeated Head

February 2013

YOLANDA SONNABEND: PAINTINGS AND THEATRICAL WORKS

Yolanda studied painting and stage design at the Slade School of Fine Arts where she now acts as a visiting Tutor. She has lectured at both Wimbledon School of Art and the State University of New York and Buffalo and is currently lecturing at the Slade in London. Yolanda has had many exhibitions at RBA Galleries, Woodstock Gallery, Hazlett ...



Costume Design

March 2013

ANNA BOLENA: COSTUME DESIGNS BY S.LAZARIDES

One of the most striking, and possibly most influential, opera designers in Britain during the last 30 years. Working throughout Europe, but especially at English National Opera (ENO) during the 1980s, he created bold, theatrical, argumentative designs. "I never start from the visual," he said, "the stage picture has to follow from the idea, as an ...



Set Design

April 2013

STEFAN LAZARIDES: DESIGNS FOR BALLET

by David Jays, The Guardian, Sunday 16 May 2010 (extract) For some, opera describes private passions, voicing individual desires and tragedy. For others – especially directors and designers of the late 20th century – opera is an idea. It strikes sparks when characters run against their turbulent society, acting like lightning conductors for a ...



Nude

May 2013

KONSTANTIN LOMYKIN: PAINTINGS AND WATERCOLOURS

Born in Glukhovo, Sumy pr., Ukraine, 1924. Studied at Odessa Art College 1946-51. Active in Odessa, Ukraine. Began exhibiting 1951. Important shows include “All-Union Art Exhibition”, Moscow, 1951; “All-Union Art Exhibition”, Moscow, 1952. Specialised in ballet subjects. Well-known Odessa realist. Died 1994. ...



Two Women

June 2013

NUDES AND STILL LIFE - LEONID SHILOV

Born 1943. Active in Odessa, Ukraine. Leonid Shilov's intricately textured paintings with their earthly colours and voluptuous compositions make them both unique and unusual. Leafy still-lifes develop into figurative paintings where human and animal form merge into one creating poetic dream-like visions. Highly decorative but also beautifully ...



study for Grape Harvest

July 2013

SOVIET DRAWINGS AND SKETCHES - MIKHAIL ABDULLAEV

ABDULLAEV Mikhail (1921-2002) One of the major 20th century artists from Azerbaijan People's Artist of the USSR and a full member of the Soviet Academy of Arts. Numerous references in the literature. ...



Soon We Will Depart

August 2013

YURI YEGOROV- THE MASTER OF SEASCAPES

Born 1926. Studied at the Odessa College of Fine Art (where he later taught), the Repin Institute in Leningrad and then Mukhina’s Art Institute in Leningrad. He graduated in the early 1950s. Active in Odessa, Ukraine. One of Ukraine’s leading artists. His work is well-known and collected throughout the former USSR and in Europe and America. The ...



Two women friends

September 2013

VALERY BASANETZ- FIGURES

Valery Basanetz was born in the provincial town of Brody in the Ukraine. In 1963 he graduated from Odessa College of Fine Art. Member of the USSR Union of Artists since 1971 and has been exhibiting since 1965 throughout the ex-USSR as well as abroad. Basanetz is an extremely methodical artist who paints meticulous textural details in his works ...



Beach Scene

October 2013

LUCIEN DULFAN

Born in Frunze, Kirgizia, 1942. Studied at Odessa Art College until 1963. Active in Odessa, Ukraine. Nonconformist Artist. ...



From the series 'Road encounters'

February 2014

EVGENI DYBSKY- MASTER OF ABSTRACTION

Born in Constanza, Rumania 1955. Studied at Moscow Intermediate Art School 1973-78; Surikov Institute until 1984. Active in Moscow 1981-c. 1990; Fornovo san Giovani, near Milan, Italy, early 1990s; Cologne, Germany, late 1990s. Began exhibiting 1975. Member of Meta-Metafora 1980s. Leading young Moscow painter 1980s. Painting features in plate 56 ...



Walk through

March 2014

THE LANDSCAPES OF VLADIMIR STRELNIKOV

Born in Tula 1911. Studied at Odessa Art Institute/College until 1936. Active in Odessa, Ukraine. Specialised in navy subjects, seascapes. Died c. 1980. ...



Set Design

June 2014

YOLANDA SONNABEND SET DESIGNS FOR BALLET

YOLANDA SONNABEND – SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER (b.1935) BALLET: FOR ROYAL OPERA HOUSE: MACMILLAN REVIVAL, 2000: “RITUALS”, “CONCERTO” FOR KENNETH MACMILLAN: “SYMPHONY”; “RITUALS”; “GLORIANA”; “MY BROTHERS MY SISTER”; “PLAYGROUND” (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden); “REQUIEM” (Stuttgart Ballet Company); “VALLEY OF THE ...



Maria Bjornson- Theatre Designer

July 2014

YOLANDA SONNABEND COMMISSIONED PORTRAITS

YOLANDA SONNABEND b.1935 Yolanda studied painting and stage design at the Slade School of Fine Arts. She has lectured at both Wimbledon School of Art and the State University of New York and Buffalo. Yolanda has had many exhibitions at RBA Gallaries, Woodstock Gallery, Hazlett Gallery, Wright Hepburn Gallery, British Theatre Museum and in ...



Costume Designs

August 2014

YOLANDA SONNABEND COSTUME DESIGNS FOR BALLET, THEATRE AND OPERA

YOLANDA SONNABEND – SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER (b.1935) BALLET: FOR ROYAL OPERA HOUSE: MACMILLAN REVIVAL, 2000: “RITUALS”, “CONCERTO” FOR KENNETH MACMILLAN: “SYMPHONY”; “RITUALS”; “GLORIANA”; “MY BROTHERS MY SISTER”; “PLAYGROUND” (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden); “REQUIEM” (Stuttgart Ballet Company); “VALLEY OF THE ...



Childhood

September 2014

MEMORY, DREAMS AND ILLUSIONS: THE PAINTINGS OF YOLANDA SONNABEND

YOLANDA SONNABEND – SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER (b.1935) BALLET: FOR ROYAL OPERA HOUSE: MACMILLAN REVIVAL, 2000: “RITUALS”, “CONCERTO” FOR KENNETH MACMILLAN: “SYMPHONY”; “RITUALS”; “GLORIANA”; “MY BROTHERS MY SISTER”; “PLAYGROUND” (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden); “REQUIEM” (Stuttgart Ballet Company); “VALLEY OF THE ...



Kiss

April/May 2015

ARKADIUSZ WESOLOWSKI- MODERN POLISH ART

Arkadiusz Wesolowski - art graduate school, member of the Association of Polish Artists and Designers Association of European Professional / Belgium /. Grown oil painting and sculpture. Animator and creator of cross-border events in the Pomerania in the field of culture and heritage. Author of numerous solo exhibitions at home and abroad. ...



The birthplace of A.Benois

May-August 2015

RUSSIAN AND UKRAINIAN SOCIALIST REALIST ART- ESCAPING REALITY

Initially, Socialist Realism was an artistic and literary doctrine of political censorship in the Soviet Union. Established by the Union of Soviet Writers, it became implemented as compulsory practice in 1932. Socialist Realism primarily required that artists portray a positive depiction of socialist society in conventionally realistic terms. But ...

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