Russian Art

by Eteri Kublashvili
4/14/2015 – Andrey Filatov, President of the Russian Chess Federation, likes to combine chess and art. During the transmission of the Women's World Championship in Sochi people could see a virtual exhibtion of Russian Art, and some of paintings shown there were part of the exhibition "The Legacy of WWII in Russian Art" in London that ended a few days ago. Press Release.

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The Legacy of WWII in Russian Art Closes

Press Release of the Russian Chess Federation
April 13, 2015

London – Marking the 70th anniversary of the Victory in Europe, Art Russe has now closed the first UK exhibition dedicated to providing an insight into the portrayal of World War II and its legacy in Russian Art. The exhibition, which has brought paintings and sculptures, most of which have never before been on public display in the UK, became a tremendous success and has attracted over 21,000 visitors in less than five weeks.

"Letter from the Front"

The exhibition The Legacy of WWII in Russian Art displayed art from Russia, juxtaposing it with graphic works created by Britain’s Ministry of Information during the Second World War. Londoners and tourists alike saw works by some of the most celebrated XXth century Russian artists including Alexandr Laktionov’s Letter from the Front; Vera Mukhina’s sculpture Worker and Kolkhoz Woman, the Tkachev brothers’ By the Well; and Mai Danzig’s monumental canvas And the World Remembers the Saviours. The curators’ intent was to stimulate the dialogue about the common legacy that a war leaves to artists of all generations.

"The motherland calls"

The theme has clearly resonated with the audience, demonstrating very impressive results for a private exhibition of this scale. During the course of the exhibition, visitors have bought over 3,000 catalogues and altogether 1,200 copies of Viktor Popkov - a Russian Painter of Genuis, a volume published by Art Russe as part of its series of books about famous Russian artists.

Works by Russian artists displayed in London were also included in the virtual art gallery set up during the video relay of the FIDE chess world championship match (Sochi, Russia, 16 March – 6 April 2015). The virtual exhibition was organised as part of the cooperation agreement signed between the Art Russe foundation and the Russian Chess Federation (RCF).


During the three days of the tournament the exhibition was seen by more than a million viewers from 201 countries, including Ukraine, the USA, France, Germany, India, China, Indonesia, Uruguay, Costa Rica and other countries. The Russian Chess Federation provided an online video relay of the championship in English and Russian on the tournament website and on its own website. The technology for staging online exhibitions during Internet broadcasting of chess tournaments was first used in 2012, during the world chess championship match that was held in the State Tretyakov Gallery, and offered a new tool for promoting educational projects aimed at supporting and popularising twentieth-century Russian art.

"By the well"

Andrey Filatov, founder of Art Russe, said: “The exhibition has clearly became a success, attracting thousands of visitors in a city renown for its extremely busy cultural scene. We are very glad that the international audience has showed such interest in works depicting this tragic and heroic part of our shared history. These artists are widely admired in Russia but were mostly unknown in the West. I look forward to building on this success to bring more Russian artists to London and other capitals of the world.” 

"And the World Remembers the Saviours"

The Legacy of WWII in Russian Art became Art Russe’s second exhibition project in London. Last year, Art Russe initiated and supported the first UK retrospective of one of the key artists of the Severe Style, Viktor Popkov, at Somerset House. The second exhibition has showed a broad selection of Russian artists, presenting the easily readable, pictorial narratives of Socialist Realism alongside works that demonstrate a great degree of self-knowledge, humanity and awareness.

About Art Russe

Art Russe, led by entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrey Filatov, was founded in 2012 with the aim of developing a greater understanding of Soviet and Russian cultural contributions. In particular, it focuses on collecting and increasing international awareness of Russian art dating mainly from 1917 – 1991. Its aim is to increase appreciation for this genre through exhibitions, lending to international museums and galleries, and publishing books and catalogues on key artists and artefacts.

Art Russe website

Eteri Kublashvili is a chessplayer and reports and photographs from all official tournaments for the Russian Chess Federation.


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