Public Program for the exhibition Bidding for Glasnost: Sotheby’s 1988 Auction in Moscow


From 23 January 2018 to 28 February 2018


Garage Museum of Contemporary Art


Public Program accompanying the research exhibition Bidding for Glasnost: Sotheby’s 1988 Auction in Moscow will allow visitors to get a better understanding of the auction that became one of the turning points in the history of contemporary art in Russia.

The Public Program will open with the discussion “Sotheby’s Auction in Moscow. 30 Years Later”, featuring organizers, participants, and witnesses of the events of 1988, who will try to explain how and why it became possible to run a Sotheby’s auction in the Soviet Union. The speakers will also share their ideas about the role and significance of the auction sales on the development of modern Russia’s artistic landscape.

The series of public events will continue with a lecture delivered by Jeffrey Boloten, Course Leader of the Art & Business semester at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. Boloten will outline the mechanisms of auction houses and the ways auction sales may influence the art market.


Discussion: Sotheby’s Auction in Moscow. 30 Years Later

The speakers, including the organizers of the historical auction, the artists, whose works were presented at the Sotheby’s sales back in 1988, and eyewitnesses, will discuss this milestone and contradictory event in the history of Soviet art life at the time of perestroika.


Monday, January 29
Garage Auditorium