Biography

Theodora Russian Art and CultureTheodora Clarke is founder and editor of the online arts magazine Russian Art & Culture. She also set up Russian Art Week in London and publishes a bi-annual guide to this major event.

She is an art historian, lecturer and critic specialising in Russian art and European modernism. Theodora lectures widely on twentieth-century avant-garde painting and sculpture to audiences across the UK at museums, galleries, universities and associations.

She is a frequent and popular commentator on culture, travel and politics in TV, print and radio. Theodora has written for a number of publications including the Telegraph, The Art Newspaper, The Burlington Magazine, NADFAS Review, The Commentator and Total Politics. She is also a columnist for both Huffington Post and Russia Beyond the Headlines.

Screen Shot 2014-02-13 at 12.45.09She has previously lectured at institutions which include the Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Britain, Harvard University, the Courtauld Institute of Art, the University of Bristol and Cambridge University. Theodora has also taught adult art history courses and day schools at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol on Russian art and twentieth century avant-garde art.

She was inspired to set up Russian Art & Culture and Russian Art Week whilst studying for her PhD on the Russian avant-garde at the University of Bristol. Following the success of the project she left her studies to run the business full time.

Theodora has a First Class degree from Newcastle University and a Masters in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art.

She is an accredited lecturer for the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS).  Recent topics have included Russian modernism, the Ballets Russes,  patronage and collecting and individual artists such as Kandinsky, Chagall, Matisse and Malevich.

 

VIDEOS

Watch her introduction to Russian Art Week:

Watch Russian Art Week highlights for June 2014:

Watch Theodora’s debate on Russian art forgeries, part of the Russian Art Week programme:

Watch Theodora’s panel discussion on the legacy of Manifesta and Russian contemporary art at Erarta Gallery, part of the Russian Art Week programme:

Watch Theodora present an arts documentary about Vikor Popkov and the Genius of the Russian Soul exhibition at Somerset House

Watch Theodora speaking on the Cultural Diplomacy Panel at Asia House with Andrew Graham-Dixon and Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport John Wittingdale MP (1hr 12mins in to 1 hr 26mins)

Watch Theodora at the Royal Society of Arts discussion on the UK-Russian Year of Culture ‘Can a healthy cultural relationship compensate for political mistrust?’ (46 mins 18 seconds in)

Watch Theodora introducing her lecture subjects:

Theodora also organised and chaired ‘Resurrecting the Past: Lost Stories of the Archives’, a roundtable discussion on Russian archives held during Russian Art Week November 2013 at the Russian Bookshop, Waterstones, Piccadilly in London. On the panel were acclaimed authors and historians Catherine Merridale, Giles Milton, and Vladimir Alexandrov.


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Theodora Clarke
Art Historian, Lecturer & Critic

Theodora Clarke is an art historian, lecturer and critic specialising in Russian art and European modernism. She lectures widely on twentieth-century avant-garde painting and sculpture to audiences across the UK at museums, galleries, universities and associations. Theodora is founding Editor of Russian Art & Culture and set up Russian Art Week in London.



 

Exhibitions

RE-IMAGINING RUSSIA: THE LANDSCAPE AND GENRE PAINTINGS OF BORIS CHETKOV, THE WESTBURY HOTEL

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Theodora Clarke with Kenneth Pushkin

The Pushkin Gallery, in collaboration with Russian Art and Culture, recently presented the first UK exhibition of works by contemporary artist Boris Chetkov. Re-Imagining Russia: The Landscape and Genre Paintings of Boris Chetkov opened at the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair during Russian Art Week, November 2013 and was guest curated by the event’s Director Theodora Clarke.

Showing for a strictly limited period, the exhibition took place on the first weekend of Russian Art Week and acted as the official opening of the event. An accompanying catalogue was also published, containing a number of previously unpublished works by the artist and an academic essay by Theodora Clarke, who analysed Chetkov’s works within the context of modernism in the twentieth century and the rise of abstract painting. This was Ms Clarke’s first publication and the event also acted as the official book launch.

ABSTRACTION/CONSTRUCTIVISM: BRITISH AND RUSSIAN RESPONSES TO THE CITY, CITY HALL 

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Installation view of the exhibition at City Hall, London

Co curated by Theodora Clarke and Anya Stonelake (White Space Gallery) and in partnership with Ensemble Productions, the exhibition was Russian Art and Culture’s first curatorial project. Part of the official Maslenitsa 2013 programme, the show featured photographs of Moscow and St Petersburg by photographers Richard Pare (previously exhibited at the Royal Academy) and Dmitry Konrad.

 

PREVIOUS PROJECTS

During the summer of 2010 Theodora was selected for the prestigious internship programme at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She worked for the Curator of Photography on several exhibitions including The Original Copy: The Photography of Sculpture, New Photography 2010 and the upcoming retrospective of Yugoslavian artist Sanja Iveković in 2011-2012.

Publications

Screen Shot 2014-02-13 at 11.53.15RE-IMAGINING RUSSIA, THE LANDSCAPE AND GENRE PAINTING OF BORIS CHETKOV

This book accompanies the first retrospective exhibition of works by Boris Chetkov in the United Kingdom. Re-imagining Russia, the Landscape and Genre Painting of Boris Chetkov presents the artist through his landscape and genre paintings. The vibrant and colourful pictures in this volume will introduce readers to his energetic and wide-ranging oeuvre. Theodora Clarke discusses the artist’s life and work and places Chetkov in the context of Modernism and Russian art after World War II.

For more information and how to purchase the book please see the Pushkin Gallery website: http://www.pushkingallery.com/publications

 

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2014 UK-RUSSIA YEAR OF CULTURE PREVIEW MAGAZINE

Russian Art and Culture is delighted to announce its collaboration with Russian Mind to produce a preview for the upcoming UK/Russia Year of Culture in 2014. The issue, featuring interviews with Valery Gergiev, Igor Tsukanov and curators from The Tate and Science Museum is available online here: http://issuu.com/rm_people/docs/web-new–russianmind_special_issue_

 

 

Screen Shot 2014-02-13 at 12.11.08RUSSIAN ART WEEK GUIDE NOVEMBER 2013

Russian Art and Culture is pleased to present London’s guide to Russian Art Week.

Russian Art Week is a bi-annual event which takes place in May and November. The major auction houses of Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Bonhams and MacDougall’s all join together to present a series of Russian sales in London. Several Russian exhibitions and related cultural events also take place.

Please take a look at our calendar and listings for this major event. We also provide a comprehensive directory of Russian auction houses, galleries, dealers and specialist institutions which we hope you find helpful.

Read the November 2013 edition of the Russian Art Week guide here:

http://issuu.com/russianartandculture/docs/russian_art_week_guide_november_201 

 

 

Screen Shot 2014-02-13 at 12.11.18RUSSIAN ART WEEK GUIDE JUNE 2013

Russian Art and Culture is pleased to present London’s guide to Russian Art Week.

Russian Art Week is a bi-annual event which takes place in May and November. The major auction houses of Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Bonhams and MacDougall’s all join together to present a series of Russian sales in London. Several Russian exhibitions and related cultural events also take place.

Please take a look at our calendar and listings for this major event. We also provide a comprehensive directory of Russian auction houses, galleries, dealers and specialist institutions which we hope you find helpful.

Read the June 2013 edition of the Russian Art Week guide here:

http://issuu.com/russianartandculture/docs/russian_art_week_guide_june_2013_english 

 

 

Screen Shot 2014-02-13 at 12.11.25RUSSIAN ART WEEK GUIDE NOVEMBER 2012

Russian Art and Culture is pleased to present London’s guide to Russian Art Week.

Russian Art Week is a bi-annual event which takes place in May and November. The major auction houses of Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Bonhams and MacDougall’s all join together to present a series of Russian sales in London. Several Russian exhibitions and related cultural events also take place.

Please take a look at our calendar and listings for this major event. We also provide a comprehensive directory of Russian auction houses, galleries, dealers and specialist institutions which we hope you find helpful.

Read the November 2012 edition of the Russian Art Week guide here:

http://issuu.com/russianartandculture/docs/russian_art_week_guide_nov_2012

 

 

Screen Shot 2014-02-13 at 12.00.07RUSSIAN ART AND CULTURE JOURNAL 2012

Russian Art and Culture presents a new journal dedicated to Russian and Soviet art. The aim of this online publication is to showcase and support the writing of up and coming graduate students in history of art. This new journal offers a unique platform for graduates to have their work recognised and read by leading academics and members of the public.

For the inaugural writing competition held in December 2012 we received entries from as far afield as London, New York, Hong Kong and Budapest. We have six finalists who are published in the journal alongside this year’s winner and runner up.

The remit of the competition was deliberately wide. Candidates could address any period or subject within the field of Russian/Soviet art. This meant they could write on painting, sculpture, architecture, film, design or photography. As a result the submissions covered a wide range of subjects. Essays ranged from The Wanderers, Moscow Conceptualists and religious iconography to studies on specific artists such as Wassily Kandinsky and Alexander Bogomasov.

We decided to launch the Russian Art and Culture Journal to coincide with Russian Art Week in London. We are fortunate in having sponsorship for this new publication from Evgeny Lebedev, the proprietor of The Evening Standard and The Independent newspapers in the UK. He has been a great supporter and champion of Russian art and culture. We are also lucky in having such a distinguished panel of judges which consisted of Professor John Milner from the Courtauld Institute of Art, Dr. Maria Mileeva and Dr. Natalia Murray, from the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre.

Read the Russian Art and Culture Journal here: http://issuu.com/russianartandculture/docs/russian_art_and_culture_journal_dec2012/1?e=6753916/2941881

Lectures

NADFAS Lecture titles

 

 

Repin, Tolstoy, 1901

Repin, Tolstoy, 1901

Art in Russia: From Icons to Wanderers

This lecture provides and insight into major artists such as Andrei Rublev, frescoes in the Kremlin cathedral in Moscow, and the famous 19th century group The Wanderers.

Download flyer: Origins of Russian Art: Icons to Wanderers

 

 

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Rublev, c. 1360-1430

Russian and Soviet Art: From Icons to Socialist Realism

This lecture offers an introduction to the major movements and artists of 20th century Russian art and places the various ‘isms’ of the avant-garde within a wider cultural context.

Download flyer:  Intro to Russian and Soviet Art: From Icons to Socialist Realism

 

 

Eriksen, Catherine the Great, 1762

Eriksen, Catherine the Great, 1762

Imperial Patronage: The Art Collection of Catherine the Great

This lecture discusses the recent exhibition of Houghton Revisited in Norfolk. The magnificent art collection of Great Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, was sold to Catherine the Great, and has become one of the highlights of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.

Download flyer: Imperial Patronage: The Art Collection of Catherine the Great

 

 

Repin, Barge Haulers on the Volga, 1873

Repin, Barge Haulers on the Volga, 1873

Russian Art in the Age of Tolstoy

In this lecture we examine Russian Realism in the nineteenth century through portraiture, landscape and history painting.

Download flyer: Russian art in the age of Tolstoy

 

 

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Art on Stage: Diaghilev & the Ballets Russes

This lecture introduces Russian and twentieth century art through the work of Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes.

Download flyer: Art on Stage: Diaghilev and the Russian Ballet

 

 

Picasso, Costume for Parade

Picasso, Costume design

Masters of the Ballets Russes: Chagall, Picasso & Matisse

This lecture offers an introduction to three artistic titans: Picasso, Chagall, and Matisse, and their work in conjunction with Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.

Download flyer: Ballets Russes Matisse Chagall Picasso

 

 

Goncharova, Peasants Gathering Grapes, 1911

Goncharova, Gathering Grapes

Revolutionary Russia: The Avant-Garde & Visual Culture

This lecture offers an introduction to an intriguing period of artistic and political evolution in Russia.

Download flyer: Revolutionary Russia: The Avant-Garde and Visual Russia

 

 

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Alexandra Exter, Costume design

Female Artists of the Avant-Garde

This lecture will discuss the role of the major female artists who contributed to the development of early 20th century Russian art.

Download flyer: Female artists of the avant-garde

 

 

Chagall, White Crucifixion, 1938

Chagall, White Crucifixion, 1938

Marc Chagall: Art and Religion

Considered the most foremost Jewish artist of the twentieth century, this lecture explores his use of Yiddish and Biblical imagery.

Download flyer: Chagall Art and Religion

 

 

Chagall, I and the Village

Chagall, I and the Village

Art in Exile: Chagall and the Avant-Garde

This lecture will explore the challenges Chagall faced as an artist in pre-Revolutionary Russia, and his experience after his move to Paris.

Download flyer: Art in Exile: Chagall and the Avant-Garde

 

 

MoMA, 1939

MoMA, 1939

MoMA & Alfred Barr: The Founding of the Museum of Modern Art in New York

In this lecture we reveal the story of the rise of modern art in America and of the man responsible for its triumph: Alfred Barr.

Download flyer: MoMA & Alfred Barr

 

 

Malevich, Painterly Realism 1915

Malevich, Painterly Realism 1915

Russian Art and Twentieth Century Modernism

This lecture offers an introduction to the various ‘isms’ of the Avant-Garde with artists such as Malevich, Tatlin, Lissitzky, Goncharova, Rodchenko and Popova.

Download flyer: Russian Art and Twentieth Century Modernism

 

 

Matisse, The Dance, 1910

Matisse, The Dance, 1910

Masterpieces of the Hermitage: Matisse & Modernism

At the turn of the twentieth century the Russian textile merchant Sergei Shchukin became Henri Matisse’s greatest patron and amassed the largest collection of the artist’s works in the world. This lecture will follow Shchukin’s role as Matisse’s patron from their first meeting in 1906 until the artist’s famous visit in the autumn of 1911 to his patron’s house in Moscow.

Download flyer: Matisse in Russia- Modern Masters in the Hermitage

 

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Kandinsky, Yellow-Red-Blue 1925

Kandinsky and the Rise of Abstraction

This lecture examines the development of abstract art through the work of the major artist and aesthetic theorist Wassily Kandinsky. We will trace Kandinsky’s artistic development from representational art to abstraction.

Download flyer:  Kandinsky and the Rise of Abstraction

 

Ballets Russes programme 1936

Ballets Russes programme 1936

Russian Art Study Day

The study day includes three lectures on:

  1. Origins of Art in Russia: From the Icon to the Wanderers
  2. Russia and the West: Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes
  3. Introduction to the Russian Avant-Garde

Download flyer: Russian Art Study Day

 

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Journalism

ARTICLES:

Across Borders: Gustavo Aceves Exhibits Monumental Horses, Huffington Post, 26 May, 2015

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Russian Art Week returns to London despite political challenges, Russia Beyond the Headlines, 25 May 2015

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What to see at Russian Art Week, Mayfair Times, May 2015

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Should the Elgin Marbles Stay at the British Museum?, Huffington Post, 07 December 2014

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Malevich exhibition showcases a master of the Avant-Garde, Russia Beyond the Headlines

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Перекрестный Год культуры – это невиданная по размаху программа мероприятий, RussianUK

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Russia’s national treasures on show at Russian Art Week in London, Russia Beyond the Headlines

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Cultural Exchange, NADFAS Review

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UK and Russia build bridges with Year of Culture, Russia Beyond the Headlines

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From Russia (and Britain) with love, apparently, The Art Newspaper

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UK-Russia Year of Culture: A chance to reset relations, Russia Beyond the Headlines

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The 10 best events of the UK-Russia Year of Culture, The Culture Trip

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Winter Olympics deter international visitors, The Huffington Post

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Can culture heal relations between Russia and Britain? Russia Beyond the Headlines 

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First UK show of Boris Chetkov to open Russian Art Week in London, The Huffington Post

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Russian Art Week in London, Russian Mind

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Treasures of the Royal Courts at the V&A, VV Magazine

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Maslenitsa festival opens in London with Russian photography exhibition, The Huffington Post

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Russian Art Week launched in London this November, The Huffington Post

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Preview: Russian Art Week in London, May 2012, The Huffington Post

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INTERVIEWS:

INTERVIEW: Stephen Walsh on his new book ‘Mussorgsky and his circle’, Russian Art and Culture

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 INTERVIEW: Curator Stephanie Straine on ‘Chagall: Modern Master’ at Tate Liverpool, Russian Art and Culture

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INTERVIEW: Dmitry Ozerkov, Head of Contemporary Art at the Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russian Art and Culture 

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INTERVIEW: Photographer Richard Davies on his new book ‘Wooden Churches: Travelling in the Russian North’, Russian Art and Culture

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INTERVIEW: Elena Sudakova on the founding of the new Gallery for Russian Arts and Design (GRAD), Russian Art and Culture

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INTERVIEW: Dr. Thierry Morel discusses his new exhibition ‘Houghton Revisited’, Russian Art and Culture

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INTERVIEW: Irina Kargina, founder of St Petersburg Gallery, Russian Art and Culture

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INTERVIEW: Russian painter Walera Martynchik, Russian Art and Culture

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INTERVIEW: Masha Chlenova on MoMA’s exhibition ‘Inventing Abstraction: 1910-1925’, Russian Art and Culture

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INTERVIEW: Historian Douglas Smith on his new book Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy, Russian Art and Culture

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INTERVIEW: Andrej Uspenski at the Royal Ballet in London, Russian Art and Culture

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INTERVIEW: Model maker Henry Milner discusses Lissitky and Kabakov, Russian Art and Culture

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INTERVIEW: Contemporary Russian artist Alexey Kallima at Regina Gallery, Russian Art and Culture

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INTERVIEW: Natalia Sidlina on her book on Russian artist Naum Gabo, Russian Art and Culture

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INTERVIEW: Contemporary artist Walera Martynchik, Russisan Art and Culture

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INTERVIEW: Contemporary Russian artist Marina Jijina, Russian Art and Culture

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INTERVIEW: Artistic Director of Calvert 22, Lina Dzuverovic, discusses their Alexander Brodsky exhibition, Russian Art and Culture 

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Historian Orlando Figes discusses his latest book ‘Just Send Me Word’, Russian Art and Culture

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INTERVIEW: Egor Koshelev at Regina Gallery, Russian Art and Culture

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INTERVIEW: Russian art dealer James Butterwick, Russian Art and Culture

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INTERVIEW: Meryert Kaliyeva on Christie’s Alexander Volkov exhibition, Russian Art and Culture

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INTERVIEW: Galyev Gallery director on their Robert Falk exhibition in Moscow, Russian Art and Culture

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INTERVIEW: Historian Anthony Beevor, Russian Art and Culture

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INTERVIEW: Professor John Milner on curating Lissitky at the Van AbbeMuseum, Eindhoven, Russian Art and Culture

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REVIEWS:

Master and Margarita at Barbican, Russian Art and Culture

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Boris Godunov, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Russian Art and Culture

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BOOK: The Unsung Hero of the Russian Avant-Garde: Nikolay Punin by Natalia Murray, Russian Art and Culture

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One Hour Eighteen Minutes, New Diorama Theatre, Russian Art and Culture

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Saatchi Gallery exhibits works by contemporary Russian artists, Russian Art and Culture

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Uncle Vanya at Noel Coward Theatre, Russian Art and Culture

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Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House, Russian Art and Culture

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Catherine the Great, An Enlightened Empress, National Museums Scotland, Russian Art and Culture

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Malevich, Chashnik, Suetin at the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russian Art and Culture

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Marc Chagall: The origins of the master’s creative language, State Tretyakov Gallery, Russian Art and Culture

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Oleg Kudryashov at Bermondsey Project, Russian Art and Culture

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Jack of Diamonds at Dom Naschokina Gallery, Moscow, Russian Art and Culture

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Danja Akulin ‘Penumbra’ at Erarta Gallery, Russian Art and Culture 

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Daniel Slater’s production of ‘Onegin’ at Opera Holland Park, Russian Art and Culture

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Testimonials

National Association of Decorative & Fine Art Societies

“MEMBERS of Grayshott Decorative and Fine Arts Society heard a lecture on Russian Art: The Avant-Garde and Visual Russia.

Theodora Clarke gave a fascinating insight into the major movements and artists of the early C20th in Russia.

Before the late C19th, artists in Russia relied on the sponsorship of the Tsars and the Church but by the turn of the century there were wealthy individual collectors and patrons. Two traditions had emerged. One group of artists sought to rediscover their Slavonic culture and roots and thus rejected the Western and, in particular French, influence favoured by the other group. The late C19th saw a revival of specific Russian subject material in art, sculpture and music.”

 

Petersfield Post

“I so much enjoyed meeting you this morning and hearing your wonderful lecture, which I judged as outstanding. Your deep knowledge of your subject and of Russia was manifest from the outset and it was a privilege to be in the audience. My congratulations!”
DFAS Ashridge
“Thank you for a very informative and enjoyable talk. Everyone enjoyed it and felt inspired to find out more about Russian art.”
DFAS Sutton Coldfield
“Thank you very much indeed for such an interesting lecture that you presented to us so beautifully today.  It was a subject that was new to most people, and that intrigued and entranced everyone. There were many comments from the audience later on how much they enjoyed it.”
DFAS Ashridge
“Thank you so much for coming to give us such an excellent lecture on Marc Chagall and the Avant-Garde in Paris last week. Everyone I have spoken to since has said how much they enjoyed it and how clear your delivery was. I just wish we could have heard more about Chagall’s fascinating life but felt lucky to find out more over lunch.”
DFAS Wylie Valley
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“On behalf of the Committee at BDFAS, I would like to thank you for lecturing at our Study Day!

The feedback from our members showed that they  thought your lectures to be excellent and they really enjoyed the manner in which you presented them.

I am sure you will have inspired many of us to find out more and, maybe, our Society would be able to plan a trip to St Petersburg!”

Basingstoke DFAS

 

“I am writing to thank you very much for your superb lecture to us in January on Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes. There was a mix-up over who was to write to you and it wasn’t until our February lecture that I realised the mistake, so please accept my apologies for such a late letter of appreciation.  Our members thoroughly enjoyed your erudite and well-researched lecture and excellent slides, and the wonderful film clip.”

Tyneside DFAS

“I was at a lunch yesterday for past members of SIDDFAS committee members and several people came to speak to me about your lecture last week on Kandinsky.   They found it very informative and enjoyable, especially as some hadn’t heard of the painter before. I felt very pleased that I had enabled them all to learn something new and emerge from their (sometimes) conservative shells!”
NADFAS Sidmouth

“In a stimulating talk, Theodora Clarke, an expert on Russian and Soviet art, introduced 130 members of Neroche Decorative and Fine Art Society (DFAS) to artists such as Kandinsky, Malevich, Tatlin, Lissitzky, Goncharova, Chagall, Rodchenko and Popova.”

      Neroche DFAS

Read the entire review of the lecture here

 

National Association of Decorative & Fine Art Societies

“Many thanks for your wonderful lecture on Thursday evening. You entertained, educated and inspired us all. It was the perfect lecture to start the year.”

Amersham DFAS

National Association of Decorative & Fine Art Societies

“Theodora Clarke, a young and knowledgeable lecturer, spoke with enthusiasm and clarity.  She condensed the art of Russia into a lecture lasting just over an hour, an amazing achievement.”

      Cranleigh DFAS

Read the entire review of the lecture here

 

National Association of Decorative & Fine Art Societies

“We are so glad you came! I’m sure that you were aware, from the response of the audience at the lecture (and even in the Mill Yard at lunch ) how much everyone enjoyed and appreciated what you gave us this morning. It was a feast for the senses and an education for the mind. We all thought the video clip at the end was icing on the cake!”

Westmorland DFAS

 

National Association of Decorative & Fine Art Societies

“This was a brilliant day of Russian art through stunning images. Theodora Clarke lived up to her billing as an entertaining, informative and expert lecturer. ADFAS thanks…all the team who helped make the day so successful.”
 Abingdon DFAS

 

National Association of Decorative & Fine Art Societies

“In ten years of coming to NADFAS that is the best lecture I have ever heard. Outstanding, well done.”

NADFAS Member, Gerrards Cross

National Association of Decorative & Fine Art Societies

“I attended a local Special Interest Day on Russian art given by Theodora Clarke.  She went down an absolute storm – very fluent, excellent slides and managed to pitch the tone just right (which can be difficult!).”

NADFAS Member, Abingdon

 National Association of Decorative & Fine Art Societies
“It was lovely to meet you again last week at Chipping Sodbury and, as usual, your study day was excellent. You covered several centuries in Russian art which was so interesting and absorbing but we did not feel as though you were just rushing through it. We were all in agreement that we very much enjoyed the day and cannot wait to attend more of your lectures.”
NADFAS Member, Chipping Sodbury

 

National Association of Decorative & Fine Art Societies

“I just wanted to let you know that I received a good number of favourable comments following your excellent lecture yesterday.  Members contacted me personally, by phone and e-mail to say how much they enjoyed it. So did I! Спасибо”.

Chairman, Welwyn Garden DFAS

 

Fred Olsen Cruise

“First of all, a huge thank you for the lectures you gave on the cruise.  I really enjoyed them in fact you were the high spot of my cruise and I know a number of other people felt the same..  I think you are very talented as a lecturer and as you can see from my profession, I do know what I am talking about!  Your lectures were interesting, informative, educative and not at all patronising.  You have made me more determined than ever to do an adult course on modernism and those artists and the whole of what was going on in art post impressionism.  The sign of a good teacher is to leave the student hungry for more which is what you have done for me.”

Member of the public

Pushkin House

I just found out about your site last night when at a talk at Pushkin House… I love Russian art and am a Russian graduate too so delighted to find this as REALLY useful to know what is going on…
I am amazed we haven’t met but hopefully will meet you in June as I have just booked for your talk… and am at Pushkin House again tonight for the art talk so may see you there!  WELL DONE!!!!!

Member of the public

 

Victoria and Albert Museum

“I would like to congratulate you on your excellent lecture last Saturday at the V&A.  You were truly outstanding, especially at such short notice.  Out of six lecturers you were by far the superior!  I could have listened to you for hours.  I have heard the curator and the charming fashion lady speak before, they are both good but they others who read their lectures just lose me! I am in awe of all that you have achieved at such a young age and wish you success with your PhD.”

Member of the public

 

Ultimate Travel Company

“We so much enjoyed enjoyed meeting you on our wonderful visit to St Petersburg. Thank you for giving us that inspiring talk before we saw the Impressionist paintings in the Hermitage. I hope we meet again one day soon.”

Private collector on tour to St Petersburg

Russian Art and Culture

“The website is an invaluable resource in terms of bringing together the commercial and academic elements of the Russian art world. Well-maintained and up to date, it is the first place I turn to for the latest news on Russian cultural events in London.”

Director, Russian Pictures, Sotheby’s

 

“The Russian Art and Culture website is a terrific resource for anyone interested in Russian cultural matters.  Before its launch there was no one source for Russian cultural information and information had to be extracted from many different areas.  Its success and rapidly growing readership is testimony to the outstanding coverage it provides under the skilful direction of its founder and editor, Theodora Clarke.”

Lindsay Fine Art Agents and Dealers

 

“The web magazine/blog Russian Art and Culture is exactly what is needed to keep people involved in the Russian art world informed and aware of exhibitions, events and new publications.  The editorial is intelligently written, very well presented and clear and is in no way political.”  

Chief Executive, Hermitage Foundation UK

 

“The most comprehensive website on Russian art and culture in Europe (and probably the rest of the world as well)! I always recommend it to all my friends interested in Russia, colleagues and students – all the news on Russian events in London can be found on this one site.”

Academic and curator, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

 

“The terrific energy and entrepreneurial vigour of Theodora R. Clarke has made the website Russian Art and Culture indispensable for anyone involved in teaching Russian art and culture, learning about it, exhibiting it, buying it, simply looking at it, or even maybe doing it. Supported by dedicated young scholars of ability and commitment, this website is essential reading in itself. It captures Russian cultural events worldwide, allows galleries and museums to keep abreast of all their different ventures, and it lets you compare salerooms from Bond Street to Bermondsey when Russian art week is underway. This is a wonderful way to steer into or out of your special fields, taking in a Russian concert or film festival when you are mostly running courses, exhibiting in galleries, or seeking contacts. The website is growing with many more links and useful contacts, leading articles, essay competitions, reviews, debates, and interviews. Keep up if you can – it is excellent.”

Academic and curator, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

 

“Russian Art & Culture has come out of nowhere to be the indispensable English-language portal to all aspects of Russian culture. It is the single resource for an ever-increasing community of scholars and amateurs who probably did not know they were so numerous until Theodora Clarke made them this gift of a platform. For that she has been widely lauded in the Russian art world, and deservedly so.”

Russian Art Consultancy

 

“Every now and then one sees a new business idea which after the fact seams absolutely obvious and necessary, but before no one had thought of.  Theodora Clarke’s guide to Russian Week is such an idea.  And the related Russian Art & Culture website is equally proving essential to anyone following this area in Britain and beyond.  She is rapidly becoming one of the most important people in Russian culture in Britain.”

Director, MacDougall’s Fine Art Auctions

 

“Russian Art and Culture is the forerunner of all sites devoted to Russian Art, a trailblazing concept that features all that is best and notable about Russian Art. It has a scope and breadth of reach that others cannot hope to emulate.”

Russian art expert and dealer

 

“Theodora’s site is the most vibrant and informative internet portal about Russian art and culture in the UK.”

Member, London Collectors Club

 

Press

Buqa Culture talks to Theodora Clarke, Editor of Russian Art and Culture and Director of Russian Art Week, about her art company and recommendations for upcoming exciting cultural events
http://buqalife.com/buqa-culture.aspx

Theodora Clarke Russian Art and Culture

Leading Culture Destinations interviews Editor Theodora Clarke, as one of their new Ambassadors, about her favourite cultural places to visit, what inspires her and her current art projects
http://www.lcdawards.com/ambassadors/theodora-clarke/

Theodora Clarke Russian Art Week

Theodora Clarke talks about Olga Lomaka’s show at Erarta Galleries in London for Fashion TV

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Interview with Theodora Clarke, The UP Global Blog, Winter 2015

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Theodora Clarke introduces us to the life and work of Russian artist, Viktor Popkov, one of Russia’s most acclaimed artists. / The World Today with Tariq Ali

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Англия, ЛВ (from 1.20)

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-U95YAKBctiXzhPWnNOSEZkX2M/edit?pli=1

 

 

Interview with Theodora Clarke, The Scotland Russia Review, Spring 2014

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Hundreds of collectors expected in London for Russian Art Week, The Art Newspaper

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Powerful Russian iconography reaches out to the faithful, The Times

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London set for opening of Russian Art Week, The Moscow Times

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London festival hopes to open up world of Russian Art, Blouin ArtInfo

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Prolific contemporary artist Boris Chetkov continues to raise eyebrows and interest leading up to the gala opening of Russian Art Week in London, PR WEB

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Russian Art Week: seeing the big picture, Russia Beyond the Headlines

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Moscow on the Thames, Country Life (November 6th, 2013 pp. 64-67)

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Foreign exchange; interview with Theodora Clarke on Russian Art Week, The Mayfair Times, November 2013 Russian special issue (pp. 32-33)

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Russian Art Week; big money for mobile assets, The Financial Times

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The Russians are coming, Art and Auction

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London’s Russian Revolution, The Mayfair Times (September 2013, p12)

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Russian Art Week in London, RussianUK

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Explosion of Russian culture in London this Autumn, Voice of Russia

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Russian Art Week in London, Russky London

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Russian Art Week 2013: major works on sale in London, Russia Beyond the Headlines

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£50 million spent at Russian art auctions, The Telegraph

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Russian Art Week opens in London, Voice of Russia

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Russian paintings fetch record prices at London auctions, RIA NOVOSTI

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Madonna & Monkey-Business: London’s Russian Art Week forges ahead, The Huffington Post

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Russian Art Week, Scotland Russia Review, June 2013

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Most expensive Russian painting ever sells at auction, The Calvert Journal

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Kensington & Chelsea Review speak to Theodora Clarke about founding Russian Art Week in London

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Angliya newspaper speaks to Theodora Clarke about Russian Art Week 

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Theodora Clarke: A new face on the Russian art scene in Britain, RussianUK

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London’s love affair with Russian art, Voice of Russia

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London celebrates Russian Art Week, Russia Beyond the Headlines

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Подлинные страсти кипят вокруг подделок работ Наталии Гончаровой, The Art Newspaper, Russia

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Шедевры тают, но не сдаются, Kommersant 

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