Saatchi Gallery and Tsukanov Family Foundation Announce Partnership
Following the success of Breaking The Ice: Moscow Art 1960-80s, the first major UK exhibition of leading Russian post-war art at the Saatchi Gallery from November 2012 - March 2013, a new partnership was announced today between the Tsukanov Family Foundation and the Saatchi Gallery that will provide a unique platform for emerging and more established art from the former Soviet Union and its surrounding regions over the next five years.
The Tsukanov Family Foundation is a London based charity supporting art, music and educational programs in Russia and the UK. Among many other cultural initiatives, TFF supports artistic projects with an emphasis on promoting Russian and eastern European post-war art.
The Saatchi Gallery's role is to bring contemporary art to as wide an audience as possible and this new partnership with the Tsukanov Family Foundation will enable a program of curated shows from the post-Soviet states to be brought to a new audience in the UK. The exhibitions are set to play a key role in shaping our understanding of the art and wider culture of the region.
"The Saatchi Gallery is a unique venue well known globally for their endless efforts to promote art across borders. Our first show, Breaking The Ice: Moscow Art 1960-80s, was held in London this year and revealed a strong public interest in post-war and contemporary art originating in the FSU region. We look forward to using the Gallery's vast experience to further expand upon this through a series of shows over the course of the next 5 years."
Igor Tsukanov, Co-Founder TFF
"We are thrilled to be working with the Tsukanov Family Foundation on a long-term basis. This collaborative partnership provides a wonderful opportunity to bring art from a culturally rich, but relatively unknown, part of the world to a new audience".
Nigel Hurst, CEO Saatchi Gallery
About the Saatchi Gallery
The Saatchi Gallery was founded in 1985 by Charles Saatchi to provide a platform to bring contemporary art to as wide an audience as possible and make it accessible. Over the last three years the Saatchi Gallery has hosted 10 out of the top fifteen most visited exhibitions in London, according to The Art Newspaper's survey of international museum attendance, and is also ranked amongst the world's top three most liked museums on Facebook and Twitter by Museum Analytics. Entry to all exhibitions at the Saatchi Gallery is free.
About the Tsukanov Family Foundation
The Tsukanov Family Foundation ("TFF") is a UK charity supporting the education of talented children from the Former Soviet Union countries. It extends scholarships to a number of the leading schools in the UK, including Eton College, St Paul's Girls' School, the Royal College of Music, and the schools of Alpha Plus Group.
TFF has worked for years with leading Russian museums, including the Tretyakov Gallery (for which the Foundation has financed acquisitions on an annual basis), the Moscow Multimedia Art Museum and Moscow Museum of Modern Art. TFF owns one of the world's largest collections of post-war Russian art.
The Foundation's other affiliations include the National Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) and the Royal Opera House.