Russian Socialite Dashu Zhukova opened a new exhibition of contemporary art at her gallery in Moscow, called the Garage. It is housed in one of Russia’s architectural masterpieces, the former Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage, designed in 1926 by the architect Konstantin Melnikov. It is the largest exhibition venue in Moscow.
The exhibit features pieces from the FranÃ§ois Pinault Foundation Collection, including art by Jeff Koontz and one of my personal favorites, Subodh Gupta. Check out his piece below, called U.F.O.
He has been called India’s Damien Hirst, which I think is demeaning and not even apt.
During a two hour symposium following the exhibit, artist Francesco Vezzoli drew a comparison between his use of celebrity and Koons’s Michael Jackson works; the dapper Italian found it important to add, “I personally do not like to claim that I have integrity.”
What a breath of fresh air! If only more artists and public figures would emulate this candor!
Update: I forgot to mention artist Marion Tampon-Lajarriette, who was also in attendance. Her name alone is Art, is it not?