Kolodzei Art Foundation, Inc.

 

  Kolodzei Art Foundation  


 

The Kolodzei Art Foundation, Inc. promotes the contemporary art of Russia and the former Soviet Union. The Kolodzei Art Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded in 1991, arranges art exhibitions in museums, universities and cultural centers throughout the United States, Russia and Europe. Its Board of Directors includes distinguished business, diplomatic and cultural figures in US-European-Russian relations. The Kolodzei Art Foundation also arranges Russian-American cultural exchanges, grants financial stipends to artists for the purpose of studying and working in the United States, provides art supplies to artists in Russia and the former Soviet Union, and publishes books on Russian art. more

 

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Selected Upcoming and Recent Exhibitions and Lectures

This Leads to Fire: Russian Art from Non-Conformism to Global Capitalism. Selections from the Kolodzei Art Foundation, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577, September 14, 2014 to January 11, 2015. This Leads to Fire features selections from the Kolodzei Art Foundation, one of the most extensive collections of nonconformist and contemporary Russian art in the world.  The exhibition will include works ranging from the 1950s through the period of Glasnost and contemporary art. It will be organized into five parts that explore the origins of Nonconformist art, the developments of Moscow Conceptualism, Sots Art, the influence of the Russian avant-garde in geometric abstraction, and the coercive legacy of Socialist Realism. This Leads to Fire will familiarize viewers with an important and underappreciated body of work, but also demonstrate the challenges these artists still pose to both mainstream Russian culture and the globalized art world. The exhibition is curated by Sarah Warren, Assistant Professor of Art History at Purchase College, the State University of New York. For more information visit Neuberger Museum of Art

Finding Freedom in Russian Art, 1961-2014. Selections from the Kolodzei Art Foundation and the Collection of Dr. Wayne F. Yakes. Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 710 East St. Mary Boulevard, Lafayette, LA 70503, August 30 to December 6, 2014. Opening reception Friday, September 18, 2014.

The Kolodzei Art Foundation is lending paintings by Oleg Vassiliev to the exhibition Oleg Vassiliev: Space and Light at Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, September 02, 2014 to December 31, 2014. 

The Kolodzei Art Foundation is lending works by Yuri Sobolev to the exhibition Isles of Yuri Sobolev at Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Ermolayevsky lane 17, Moscow, September 15, 2014 to November 9, 2014.

Concerning the Spiritual in Russian Art, 1965-2011. Selections from the Kolodzei Art Foundation. The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 26, 2013 - June 9, 2013. Opening reception on Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 5pm to 7:30pm. RSVP kolodzei@kolodzeiart.org. For more information click here for the press-release or visit TMORA Website. The exhibition examines the intersections of artistic and religious consciousness that explore spiritual expression in the Soviet Union and Russia. this exhibition confronts the historical collisions of the sacred and secular, the conflict of government censorship and freedom of expression under the Communist regime.
Natalia Kolodzei Lecture at The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 6:30pm. Natalia Kolodzei will trace the historical and political situation in Russia and how they relate to the patronage and collection of art. She will also describe in depth the story and the history of the Kolodzei collection. Natalia Kolodzei will also give a gallery talk of Concerning the Spiritual in Russian Art, 1965-2011 on Thursday, May 23, 2013 – 11:00 A.M.  http://tmora.org/event/natalia-kolodzei-lecture-tmora/

The Kolodzei Art Foundation lent Oleg Vassiliev “Near the Sea. Palanga” (1966) to the exhibition BREAKING THE ICE: MOSCOW ART, 1960-80s at Saatchi Gallery, London, from Nov. 21, 2012 to Feb. 24, 2013. The exhibition presented by Tsukanov Family Foundation. http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/current/breaking-the-ice.php


Art of Oleg Vassiliev: Discovering 20th Century Russian Masters.
The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 14, 2011 - February 2012. For more information visit TMORA website. 

The Kolodzei Art Foundation lent art works to the exhibition Authorized for Export from the USSR… at Cultural Foundation "Ekaterina", Moscow. The show on view from June 22 until October 2, 2011.

 

The Kolodzei Art Foundation is lending artworks to the exhibition Hostages of Voids at the Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow) in conjunction with 4th Moscow Biennale. The show is on view from September 24 to November 13, 2011.


Concerning the Spiritual Tradition in Russian Art. Selections from the Kolodzei Art Foundation Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art. Curated by Natalia Kolodzei. Opening Reception on Thursday, April 14, 2011 from 6 to 8 pm at Chelsea Art Museum Home of Miotte Foundation 556 West 22nd Street (@ 11th AVE) New York City Museum hours: Tue - Sat 11am - 6pm Thursdays 11am - 8pm. On Saturdays, April 30, May 7, May 28, June 4, and June 11 at 4 pm gallery talks will be led by exhibition curator Natalia Kolodzei. Ms. Kolodzei, Executive Director of the Kolodzei Art Foundation and co-owner of the Kolodzei Collection, will discuss the artworks in this exhibition, as well as the history of Non-Conformist and contemporary Russian art from the time her mother, Tatiana Kolodzei, started their Collection in Moscow through today. Tours free with Museum admission. The reception is on Thursday, May 5, 6 to 9pm. 
On Thursday, June 2 from 6-8pm New Review Poetry Evening and Reception
(click here for more info). 
On Thursday, June 9 from 6-8pm SLOVOSFERA -
the literary, musical and visual evening with Gennady Katsov (text) and Julian Milkis (clarinet).

The exhibition continues through June 18, 2011. Click here for the press-release or visit www.chelseaartmuseum.org.

 

The Kolodzei Art Foundation presents: Dawn of Manned Space Exploration, Photographed by Leonid Lazarev at Russia World Forum, March 29-30, U.S. Senate, Washington DC and Russian Cultural Centre, Washington DC. The exhibition at Russian Cultural Centre continues through June 20, 2011.

The Kolodzei Art Foundation lent fifteen works on paper to the exhibition No Exit Art: Works on Paper by Nonconformist Artists from the 1950s through the End of Soviet Era to the Museum of Russian Art, 80 Grand St., Jersey City, NJ 07302. The show runs from November 13, 2010 to January 14, 2011.

The Kennan Institute and the Kolodzei Art Foundation present Moscow Grafika: Artists’ Prints 1961 – 2009. Selections from the Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art. The exhibit will be on view from March 12 to July 20, 2010 at the Woodrow Wilson Center, located at: 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004. There will be an opening reception on Friday, March 12, 2010 from 4 to 6PM.  
Moscow Grafika includes works in various mediums of printmaking, including linocut, etching, screenprint, monotype and lithography. Dating from 1961 through the present, the works represent trends in historic non-conformist art as well as traditional and digital mediums in printmaking by artists who worked or working in Moscow. Several generations of non-conformist and independent artists are represented in the exhibition, they include those who began their careers during Khrushchev’s "thaw" of the 1960’s and 1970’s who took part in the first unofficial exhibitions; artists who began working in the perestroika (late 1980's) and the post-perestroika periods; as well as artists who entered the scene more recently during the post-Soviet years.  more.

Kolodzei Art Foundation, and Barbarian Art Gallery by Natasha Akhmerova, in collaboration with Phenomena Project are pleased to present Valery Yershov: Lost Wanderings at White Box, 329 Broome Street, New York, New York. The exhibition will run from February 26 to March 11, 2010. Opening reception: Friday, March 5, 6:30 – 11 pm.


The Kolodzei Art Foundation lent artworks to the exhibition Not Toys?! at the State Tretyakov gallery (September 23 - November 8, 2009 in conjunction with 3rd Moscow Biennale

From Non-Conformism to Feminisms: Russian Women Artists from the Kolodzei Art Foundation.
Chelsea Art Museum - Home of the Miotte Foundation, 556 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, November 13, 2008 – February 7, 2009. Opening Reception Tuesday, December 9, 2008, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 
On Saturdays, January 24, 31, and February 7 at 3 pm, Gallery talks will be led by exhibition curator Natalia Kolodzei. Ms. Kolodzei, Executive Director of the Kolodzei Art Foundation and co-owner of the Kolodzei Collection (containing over 7,000 pieces by over 300 artists from Russia and the former Soviet Union), will discuss the artworks in this exhibition, as well as the history of Russian women artists, Non-Conformist and contemporary Russian art from the time her mother, Tatiana Kolodzei, started their Collection in Moscow (during the 1960’s, at the height of the Cold War) through today. Tours free with Museum admission.

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Moscow - New York = Parallel Play. From the Kolodzei Art Foundation Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art. National Center for Contemporary Art (NCCA), Zoologicheskaya 13, Moscow,  from October 16 to November 11, 2007. Opening reception on October 15, 2007 at 5:00 PM.

Chelsea Art Museum - Home of the Miotte Foundation, 556 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, February 22 - June 14, 2008. Opening reception Wednesday, February 27, 6-9PM. more


Olga Bulgakova and Alexander Sitnikov. Paintings. Objects. State Tretyakov Gallery, Krymsky val 10, Moscow, November 2 - 25, 2007. Opening reception on November 1 at 4 PM.

 

Shimon Okshteyn. Dialogue with Objects. Contemporary Art Center MARS (Pushkarev Pereulok 5, Moscow) from May 17 to June 17, 2007 and at State Russian Museum (Marble Palace, Millionnaya str., 5/1, Saint Petersburg) from July 26, 2007 to September 3, 2007. A 336 page hard cover book with introduction by Evgenia Petrova and essays by Charlotta Kotik, Donald Kuspit, José Pierre, Natalia Kolodzei, and Jenifer Borum is published to accompany Shimon Okshteyn: Dialogue with Objects by Palace Editions, the publishing house of the State Russian Museum.  The book documents Shimon Okshteyn’s artistic development from his early Russian period through a 25- year career in the United States.  The book is published in both English and Russian languages and is the first comprehensive reference publication on the artist.  ISBN: 9783938051801

 

Modern and Contemporary - Russian Art Week in London– Public Lecture: Natalia Kolodzei, the Executive Director of the Kolodzei Art Foundation, New Jersey, and owner of the Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art, spoke on Trends in Russian Art following Perestroika on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at Sotheby’s, 34–35 New Bond Street, London


Vadim Voinov. The State Hermitage under a Full Moon.
General Staff Building, the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg. October 25, 2005 - April 24, 2006.


Works on Paper: Soviet and Russian Art 1955-2005 from the Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art
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Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, 2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. January 18 - March 31, 2006.

Historic MADI: Its Roots. Artists from Russia through Uruguay to Argentina in 20th Century. MADI Museum, 3109 Carlisle Street, Dallas, Texas. February 17, 2006 - June 18, 2007.

Moscow Grafika: Artists' Prints 1961 – 2005. Selections from the Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art. International Print Center New York, 526 West 26th Street, Room 824. September 13- October 22, 2005. The exhibition is also presented during Russian Nights Festival in Los Angeles.


Perestroika + 20:  Selections from the Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art
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Harriman Institute, Columbia University, 420 West 118 Street, 12th floor, New York. September 28 - January 2006. 

 

Young American Artists of Today. Festival of American Contemporary Culture American Autumn in Moscow. Central House of Artists, Krymsky Val, 10.  November 4 - 27, 2005. Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Paramus, New Jersey. February 9, 2006 - March 11, 2006. 

 

Finding Freedom: Forty Years of Soviet and Russian Art. Bergen Museum of Art and Science (Paramus, NJ); Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art (Tarpon Springs, Florida).

Oleg Vassiliev: Memory Speaks (Themes and Variations). State Russian Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), the State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg)
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Dmitri Plavinsky—A Retrospective: Paintings, Works on Paper and Installations. State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow). 

Selected Publications

Oleg Vassiliev: Memory Speaks (Themes and Variations)
. General Editor: Natalia Kolodzei, with essays by Amei Wallach, Andrew Solomon, Natalia Kolodzei, Ilya Kabakov, Eric Bulatov, Victor and Margarita Tupitsyn, and Oleg Vassiliev. Published by Palace Editions, the State Russian Museum and the Kolodzei Art Foundation, in collaboration with the State Tretyakov Gallery. 182 pp, 156 color plates, 13 color and 14 b/w documentary photographs. (Russian edition also available). ISBN: 0-9754829-2-0.
To buy the book contact kolodzei@kolodzeiart.org or visit amazon.com.

The Hurricane of Time. Turn of the Century, Close of the Millennium. Selections from the Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art (1960 - 2000). (Exhibition catalogue), with essays by Tatiana Kolodzei, Natalia Kolodzei, Alison Hilton, Valery Turchin, Enrico Crispolti, 25 color illustrations, 60 pp. ISBN: 0-9754829-0-4 more 

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Oleg Vassiliev: Memory Speaks

Oleg Vassiliev, White Skiers, 1990

Ivan Chuikov, Window, 1973

Komar and Melamid, Soul of Norton Dodge, 1979

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