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Larry Gagosian continues to expand his gallery's international reach
and establish its presence in new markets. On September 18 Gagosian Gallery will inaugurate "for what you are about to receive," its
second exhibition in the Russian capital. This follows last year's
"INSIGHT?" exhibition, the gallery's first major show in Moscow. This
year's exhibition is organized in collaboration with the National
Centre for Contemporary Arts, October, Guta Group, and Prime Concept.
A prime example of how Russian collectors are continuing to pick up
the pace are the two reported acquisitions during last May's auctions
by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich: Francis Bacon's Triptych,
1976, for $86.3m (a record price for a post-war work of art) and
Lucian Freud's Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, 1995, for $33.6m (a
record price for a work by a living artist).
The exhibition will be held in a former chocolate factory named "Red
October," after the Bolshevik Revolution. It will be based upon two
opposite realms of twentieth-century art: abstraction and the
readymade. Gagosian Gallery announces that this exhibition will
"inaugurate an ambitious new arts program for the city of Moscow." Cy
Twombly, Richard Serra, Ed Ruscha, Marc Newson, Takashi Murakami,
Yayoi Kusama, Jeff Koons, and Willem de Kooning are included in the
gallery's program; some of these artists will be shown for the first
time in this city.
The gallery has made sure to engage its guests: the title and
invitations of this show are conceived as an artwork by Scottish
artist Douglas Gordon, and there will be an opening performance of Arc
Light by New York artist Aaron Young.
Gagosian Gallery Madison Avenue is the world's biggest contemporary art gallery, for
the amount of artists exhibited and locations. Its galleries are located in New York, Los Angeles, London and Rome.