The speakers—artists Grisha Bruskin and Evgeny Dybsky, whose works were sold at the Sotheby’s auction in Moscow in 1988—together with eyewitnesses Leonid Bazhanov, Mikhail Kamensky, and Andrey Kovalev, will share their memories of that historic moment, one of the most exciting and paradoxical events in Soviet art life at the time of perestroika.
During the opening days of the exhibition Bidding for Glasnost: Sotheby’s 1988 Auction in Moscow, witnesses of the event along with artists, who took part in the auction sale Sotheby’s Russian Avant-Garde and Soviet Contemporary Art (1988), will share their recollections of the first and only international auction held in Moscow—an auction everyone has heard of but very few remember the details. The speakers will discuss why the very possibility of organizing such an event occurred in the Soviet condition, who selected the works, and how the auction went itself, while also questioning its milestone significance for the Russian artistic community.
Joining the discussion will be art historian Pavel Khoroshilov, who at the time of the auction was Director of the Vuchetich All-Soviet Art and Production Union and organizer from the Soviet side; artists Grisha Bruskin and Evgeny Dybsky, whose works were presented at the sales; as well as eyewitnesses of the auction, including art historian Leonid Bazhanov, former Head of Sotheby’s Russia Mikhail Kamensky, and art critic Andrey Kovalev.
The discussion will be moderated by Garage Museum curator Andrey Misiano.