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Look at the most expensive works of art sold at the Cosmoscow fair

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The Cosmoscow contemporary art fair was held in Moscow for the 11th time from September 29 to October 1. This year, for the first time, not in Gostiny Dvor or Manege, but in Expocenter on Krasnopresnenskaya embankment next to City.

Despite such a remote location and the participation of only Russian galleries (there were galleries from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Vladivostok, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Voronezh), the fair this year was visited by a record number of guests – more than 31 thousand people. The opening day on September 28 was crowded like a subway during rush hour, and sales did not disappoint.

“Some stands were sold out entirely on the first day of the preview, which is why they completely changed the exhibition. In total, during the fair, more than 500 works of contemporary art were sold in the price range from 4 thousand rubles to 6 million rubles,” the fair’s press service said.

The most expensive works were: Ernst Neizvestny’s painting “In the Belly of Kronos” for 6 million rubles (Vellum gallery), “Composition” by Evgeny Mikhnov-Voitenko for 4.5 million rubles (pop/off/art), Kerim Ragimov’s work “Human” project. Episode #74″ for 4.35 million rubles (Marina Gisich Gallery), “Slow Rider” by Igor Skaletsky for 3.63 million rubles (Alina Pinsky Gallery), work by Anton Konyukhov from the series “The Present” for 2.07 million rubles (PA Gallery) and plasticization of Alexey Morozov “Caryatid_Supersonic PH_MPHKS” for 1.56 million rubles (astra gallery).

Ernst Neizvestny, “In the Belly of Kronos”, 6 million rubles (Vellum Gallery)
Evgeny Mikhnov-Voitenko, “Composition”, 4.5 million rubles (pop/off/art)
Kerim Ragimov, “Human Project. Episode #74″, 4.35 million rubles (Marina Gisich Gallery)
Igor Skaletsky, “Slow Rider”, 3.63 million rubles (Alina Pinsky Gallery)
Anton Konyukhov, from the series “The Present”, 2.07 million rubles (PA Gallery)
Alexey Morozov, “Caryatid_Supersonic PH_MPHKS”, 1.56 million rubles (astra gallery)

It is clear that in fact there were other sales with higher prices, but not all gallerists are ready to talk openly about the numbers, which is also understandable.

“The fact that among the most expensive works sold at the fair, from Vellum there is a painting by Ernst Neizvestny, and from the pop/off/art gallery a work by Evgeny Mikhnov-Voitenko – both artists, by the way, are representatives of unofficial art – suggests that buyers pay for art that has been recognized, tested by time, museums and auctions. This means that I have been building my scientific and gallery activities correctly for the last 25 years. People invest not in “risks,” but in works recognized as the standard of good taste. The second thing that pleased me was the young, energetic, lively audience, which I love very much,” said Lyubov Agafonova, founder and director of the Vellum gallery, sharing her impressions of the fair.

A constant flow of visitors was also maintained through events organized as part of the fair. Thus, at the Cosmoscow 2023 lecture there were more than 20 discussions, in which 83 experts took part. And on September 30, the fair hosted a concert of the Sound Up festival – for the first time, composer Simeon ten Holt’s play “Canto Ostinato” was performed by an orchestra of Russian folk instruments. The author of the new version of the score, which combines academic minimalism and Russian folk music, is composer and pianist Igor Yakovenko.

Photo: press service of the Cosmoscow fair

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