From fine art to Fabergé, London is hosting a series of art exhibitions and auctions this summer


With the buzz that London has replaced Moscow as the centre of the Russian art market, an array of masterpieces will come under the hammer in the capital.

Grab the chance to view these art works as auction houses across the city centre put their wares on display to the public before the sales.

Kicking off this summer-long art fest, is Russian Art Week from May 31st to June 7th.

  • Sotheby’s is hosting a free, public exhibition called Russian Pictures from May 31st to June 3rd, followed by an auction on June 4th. Here a highlight will be Ship at Sunset off Cap Martin by Ivan Aivazovsky, one of the great masters of marine art. A series of portraits of the children of Russian writer Nikolai Karamzin will be of major historical interest.
  • Christie’s is holding viewings from May 30th to June 2nd for its Russian Art auction on June 23rd. A still life by Sergei Chekhonin called Neon Bouquet will be a highlight.
  • Bonham’s will be allowing viewings from June 2nd to 5th for its Russian Sale on June 5th. An array of Fabergé animals including hippos, frogs, cats, mice and rabbits will be among the offerings.
  • MacDougall’s is holding viewings from June 1st to 4th for its Important Russian Art sale on June 5th. Among the outstanding exhibits will be Yury Annenkov’s Portrait of the artist Alexander Bozheryanov, a rare portrait by Fyodor Rokotov, a superb Victor Vasnetsov and a view of Bakhchisaray at evening by Boris Kustodiev.

Meanwhile the Tate Modern is holding an exhibition of the work of avant-garde artist Natalia Goncharova, who was a trailblazer in art and design, from June 6th to September 8th.

Further works by Aivazovsky will be on display at Masterpiece, at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, from June 27th to July 3rd. Some 15 of his paintings, are being brought for display by Ivan Samarine. This is possibly the largest single collection of Aivazovsky’s art ever brought to the UK.

Also at Masterpiece, will be a collection of Russian and Ukrainian art from 1890 to 1930, displayed by James Butterwick.

The work of living Georgian artist Mamuka Dideba will be exhibited at Shapero Rare Books Gallery,  32 St George Street in Mayfair from June 1st to 6th.

His work shows a “bizarre world of jesters, vagabonds, philosophers and other forms of human life”, all with a nod to the Renaissance masters and a good dose of humour.

Don’t miss a host of Russian cultural events also coming to London this year including ballet, opera, theatre, choral music, street dance and stand-up comedy. Read here.

For a full guide to the Russian Art Week, read here.


  • Main picture: Abandoning Ship by Ivan Aivazovsky for auction at Sotheby’s.
  • Side picture: Still Life by Vladimir Weisberg for auction at Sotheby’s.