Friends' Events

RUSSIA CONTEMPORARY A series of talks by Russian artists at The Saatchi Gallery over the course of 2019: next talk 29 May

SOROLLA: SPANISH MASTER OF LIGHT Private view, 5 June 8.45 am



Talks at 18.30 at The Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, Kings Road, London SW3 4RY

Next up:  Evgeny Graniltschikov    29 May at 18.30



Contemporary Russian artists talk about their art and the artistic context in Russia. Sponsored by the Hermitage Foundation UK and the IXcellerate Moscow Datacentre, the series opened with Vlad Kulkov on 30 January and continues over the course of 2019. 

The aim of the programme is to provide a platform for Russian artists who have growing careers in Russia, but are perhaps less well known in the UK, to discuss their work and bring it to a new audience. The artists have been chosen to reflect the breadth and diversity of contemporary art from Russia, including both established and emerging artists. 

The series is the latest stage of an ongoing collaboration between the Hermitage Foundation UK and The Saatchi Gallery. The collaboration began in 2007 when the exhibition USA TODAY, featuring works by American artists from The Saatchi Gallery was shown at the State Hermitage Museum. This was followed by Newspeak: British Art Now. These exhibitions launched the Hermitage 20/21 Project, an initiative aimed at extending the State Hermitage Museum's collection in the 20th and 21st centuries.

29 May                                   Evgeny Graniltschikov

5 June                                    Andrey Kuzkin 

Non-members £12

Members of The Hermitage Foundation UK £5

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Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light

National Gallery, Sainsbury Wing, Trafalgar Square, London
Wednesday, 5 June 2019 : 8.45 am for 9.00 am start

Christopher Riopelle, curator of this exhibition, will give us an introductory talk before our private view.

This is the first major exhibition in the UK for over a century of the artist known as Spain's Impressionist, Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (1863–1923). It includes portraits, genre scenes of Spanish life, as well as landscapes, garden views and beach scenes, for which he is most renowned. Sixty works spanning the artist's career include important masterpieces on loan from public and private collections in Europe and the United States. Sorolla, who trained in Valencia and studied in Madrid and Rome, first won an international reputation for major works tackling social subjects.

Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of The National Gallery, says:-
'Between Goya and Picasso, Sorolla was Spain's most celebrated painter.  He painted tough social themes but became famous for his sun-drenched beach scenes and luxuriant gardens. No one before or since has painted Mediterranean sunlight like Sorolla.'