“Ukrainian James Bond”: artist and explorer, whose works were admired by Europeans.


About this legendary personality, you can shoot a movie, it would have turned out not less enthusiastic and colorful than the ribbons about the legendary agent 007.

“A wonderful sportswear, all muscular. He is a champion in athletics and as a swimmer surprises even those who grew up by the sea. And in the evening, wearing a tuxedo, he turns into a secular man, who is turning into an international company in his hotel “, – wrote in Paris in 1936, the Paris newspaper” Nouvel Journale Literer “.

Meet Nikolai Petrovich Glushchenko, People’s Artist of the USSR, Laureate of the State Prize of the Ukrainian SSR named after Shevchenko, the glory and pride of the Ukrainian fine art, the Ukrainian Monet, and also the Soviet intelligence scout who operated under the pseudonym “Yarema”.

Kozatsky’s nephew spent his childhood on the unbridled thresholds of Zaporozhye, who was raised on legends and songs. After his father’s death, he and his mother moved to Yuzivka (Donetsk), where in 1918 he graduated from a commercial school and planned to join the Kharkiv High School of Technology, but the fate changed the grip of the war. Glushchenko, 18, was mobilized to the Denikin Army, which, in the territory of Poland, was interned to the Schelkovskii camp, from there Glushchenko escaped to Berlin. There he graduated from a private art school and academy.

In Berlin, Glushchenko met with the future writer and filmmaker Alexander Dovzhenko, at that time a Soviet diplomat who recruited a novice artist to Soviet intelligence.

In 1924 Glushchenko moved to Paris. There, on the street Volunteers, 23, with the support of Hetman UNR Pavlo Skoropadsky, he opened an art studio, where the leaders of Ukrainian emigre groups were looking at – one of the founders of the OUN Dmitry Andrievsky, Colonel of the Ukrainian Galician Army Vasyl Vyshyvany.

Active secular and bohemian life helped Glushchenko collect information about the activities of “hostile anti-Soviet and nationalist organizations.”

At the same time, Glushchenko friended writer Volodymyr Vynnychenko. It is believed that oversight of him was one of the tasks of the agent “Yarema”. Vynnychenko somehow asked Glushchenko to draw a cottage to him, and Glushchenko painted it … portraits of Ukrainian hetmans.

Glushchenko and Vynnychenko were personally acquainted with Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, although they absolutely did not perceive the work of Picasso. And during the first exhibition of the artist in Paris, they even threw him and visitors into rotten apples and eggs. Interestingly, the first nudist beach in Paris was organized by Glushchenko and Vynnychenko.

After coming to power Hitler, Glushchenko, on behalf of the Soviet leadership, focused on gathering information about the military-industrial complex of Germany. It is thanks to his connections that the Center in Moscow received secret drawings of 205 types of military equipment, including fighter engines.

The State Archive of the Security Service of Ukraine preserved a copy of the reporting agent “Yarema”, in which he stressed that despite the treaty on friendship concluded with the USSR, the German government is actively preparing for the war against the Soviet Union.

At the beginning of 1940, the Soviet intelligence commissioned Glushchenko to organize an exhibition of Soviet fine art in Berlin.

On the last day of the Berlin exhibition, it was attended by senior executives of the Third Reich led by Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop. Turning to Nikolai Glushchenko, he said that Hitler highly appreciates his talent. He considers him one of the best landscape painters in Europe and gives the album a lithograph of his best watercolors.

Subsequently, Glushchenko gave the album to Stalin, who expressed his desire to get acquainted with the work of the Führer. After the death of Glushchenko in 1977, it turned out that only one page from the album returned to him.

During his life, Nikolai Glushchenko wrote, according to various data, more than 10,000 paintings. Among them are the most landscapes. His works are kept in private collections and exhibited in museums in Ukraine, Russia, France, Germany, the USA, Canada, etc.

Source: https://ukraineartnews.com/news/news/ukrajinskij-dzhejms-bond-hudozhnik-i-rozvidnik-robotami-jakogo-zahopljuvalisja-jevropejtsi

Found a picture of Robert Motherwell, stolen 40 years ago.


In 1978, Robert Motherwell hired a transport company to transport his paintings from one storage facility to another. Somewhere along the road, dozens of his works were missing. However, today one of them returned home. The Manhattan District Attorney conducted a repatriation ceremony in the center of New York City to announce the restoration of the anonymous abstract painting of the artist.

The work was among the works stolen 40 years ago. The canvas, created by Motherwell in 1967, will now be returned to the headquarters of the Dedalus Foundation, which was created in the same year when the artist died, to promote the heritage of the master. The work is probably worth millions, given the recent sales of comparable Motherwell works. The artist’s auction record of $ 12.7 million was installed on the Phillips in May this year. To date, more than 30 works of Motherwell sold at auction for more than $ 1 million. Red and black abstract painting was restored after the son of a transportation company employee brought her to the Dedalus Fund earlier this year to authenticate. Jack Flam, president and CEO of the Dedalus Foundation, quickly compared work with images and other records documenting stolen paintings. Then the FBI team on art crimes interfered. An unidentified person who is believed to have been unaware of the theft and was not charged with committing the offense voluntarily agreed to transfer it. Investigation of the remaining works of the painter continues, confirmed officials at a press conference. According to Bill Sweeney, Motherwell hired Santini in 1978 to store and transport paintings and other items to a new storage facility. Soon after, the artist said that dozens of his paintings were gone. “It is an honor for us to restore this extraordinary work of art in the Dedalus Foundation so that those who appreciate the fine arts will now know the true story of the past and future of the picture,” Sweeney said. “We can only hope that anyone who can know about the whereabouts of other pictures will bring information to the attention of law enforcement agencies so that those masterpieces were put on public display.”

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The Venice Biennale in 2019 will be held under the sign of “curse”.


The theme of the main exhibition was the pseudo-Chinese saying “God forbid you live in the era of change”

Curator of the main project of the 58th Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art, Ralph Rugoff, announced the theme of the exhibition – “May you live in interesting times”, similar to the Russian “God forbid you live in an era of change”. The saying in the world is widely known as the ancient Chinese and is attributed to Confucius, but in fact, there are no sources that would confirm such an origin.

“This is a Chinese curse invented and, despite the fact that it is a figment of the imagination, it has had a real impact on public rhetoric and polemics,” explained Rugoff. – At a time when the dissemination of false news and “alternative facts” undermines the political discourse and trust, on which it depends, it is worth stopping and revising our understanding of what is happening. Art can make us think about how we define our cultural boundaries. ” The Biennale, according to Ralph Rugoff, will strive to emphasize the idea that the meaning of works of art is not built exclusively into objects, but is concluded in discussions – first between the artist and works of art, and then between them and the audience, and finally between different communities.

The next Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art will be held from May 11 to November 24, 2019.

Benxi’s work was bought for a record amount at an exhibition in London.


On the first day of the Banks exhibition titled “The Biggest Hits 2002-2008”, which opened in the prestigious London Lazinc Gallery, only VIP guests were allowed, and within hours after the opening they bought three paintings, one of which cost the artist an admirer at £ 1.5 The sum has become a new record for Banksy’s picture. Before that, his most expensive canvas was considered “spotty” canvas of Damien Hirst, which painted a street artist. In 2008, this work went from Sotheby’s bid to New York for £ 970,000. It’s also worth noting that not all of the Benxi products presented in the Lazinc gallery are sold. The exhibition was organized by the owner of the art space, Steve Lazarides, who in the past was the manager of the artist and helped him become famous, but now it is not connected with him.

Despite the rupture of relations, Lazarus still can pretty expensive sell Banksy’s paintings. At his show are several series of 25 paintings, such as Girl and Balloon and Flower Thrower. Pictures from the first series were once exhibited at £ 250. But in March, one of them at Bonhams auction was worth £ 344,750, surpassing all the previous expectations.

Source: https://ukraineartnews.com/news/news/robotu-benksi-pridbali-za-rekordnu-sumu-na-vistavtsi-v-londoni

Exciting films about artists, collectors, and art business.


Interesting art films about art are a rarity in world cinematography. In recent years, it turned out not so many movies that can capture the attention of the viewer and make him watch, holding his breath. Below you will find 5 films that will help you better understand how brands of works of art and artists are created and how the art industry works.

1. “Woman in gold”. Country: United States, United Kingdom. Director: Simon Curtis. Year: 2015. Budget: $ 11 million

In April 2015, US screens out the movie trailer for “The Woman in gold,” which tells the real story of the successor to the Austrian sugar magnate Maria Altman.

Mrs. Altman lost during the Second World War not only her family, but also many family treasures that took her away from the Nazis. Several decades later, Mary, armed with the support of the young lawyer tries to return five paintings that belonged to her family, including Gustav Klimt’s legendary painting “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer”, also known as “Golden Adele”. Heroes have to undergo many trials before the cultural heritage returns to their legitimate owner.

2. “Best Offer”. Country: Italy. Director: Giuseppe Tornatore. Year: 2013. Budget: $ 1 million

Virgil Oldman is managing director of a leading auction house. Occasionally his partner Billy in full view of the world he turns the sophisticated scam, deftly manipulating and misleading both sellers and buyers. In the secret hall of his villa, he collected hundreds of priceless paintings of different eras. Once, a mysterious woman hiding his personality asks him to sell her family antiques. Among numerous works of art, Oldman once again finds particles of a long-lost mechanism. At one time there was talk that in order to revive it, the makers have resorted to using higher powers … Making like a puzzle found details with his friend Robert brilliant they try to unravel the secret. But Oldman is interested not only in the objects of antiquity, not noticing how he himself was trapped.

3. “Big eyes”. Country: USA. Director: Tim Burton. Year: 2014. Budget: $ 10 million

History unfolds in the bright and prosperous America of the 1950s. In juicy colors of San Francisco, it’s what shattered the traditional view of art and will irreversibly change the way our lives look. Appearing from nowhere, the artist Walter Keane came up with pop art. His unusual paintings, depicting moving children with huge eyes, caused a real outrage and literally flooded the whole world. They are printed on calendars, leaflets, housewives are thrilled in an apron with their image. Walter becomes the king of contemporary art, one of the most famous artistic figures on the planet.

But at the peak of the artist’s fame, his modest wife, Margaret, suddenly states that Walter is a swindler, and she is the author of famous paintings. Suddenly, the shocking details of the life of Spencer Keane are revealed. The whole world stood in anticipation of the answer to the question: who is still a genius whose bold and original paintings adorn every living now from Paris to Alaska?

4. “Artist”. Country: Argentina, Italy. Director: Mariano Con, Gaston Dupra. Year: 2008. Budget: $ 400 thousand

Jorge Ramirez, the nursing home’s sanatorium, becomes famous thanks to the drawings that he once decided to show one gallery of contemporary art. But the author of interesting works is not Jorge, but the patient he cares for. Only the success did not last long.

5. Boogie Woogie. Country: United Kingdom. Director: Duncan Ward. Year: 2009. Budget: $ 6 million

The owner of the London Gallery of Contemporary Art, Art Spindle, wishes to buy a picture of “Boogie Woogie”. This canvas is decorated with the house of the zealous collector Alfred Rhineholm, who does not want to sell it for any money. Except for Spindle, the “Boogie Woogie” put an eye on another collector. Those who want to buy a masterpiece are many, and all of them are bound by difficult personal relationships.

Christie’s and one of Malevich’s first works “Landscape”.


Auction house Christie’s auctioned the picture of the Ukrainian avant-garde artist Kazimir Malevich estimated at $ 9-13 million. The product, entitled Landscape, dated 1911, will be offered at the auction in the format “The Art of Impressionism and Modernism,” which Christie’s holds in London on June 20th.

“The fact that this is one of the most extensive works of the early stage of the artist’s work emphasizes its significance as the crucial starting point for his future artistic career. It was thanks to Landscape and his other works that he first attracted the serious attention of the then critics” , – said in Christie’s.

This work was first exhibited at the Moscow Salon in February-March 1911. The following year, she was exhibited as part of an exhibition of the St. Petersburg Union of Youth, where Malevich represented a radical artistic association “Oslyachiy Tvist”. In 1927, an exhibition of the best works by the artist took place in Berlin, including the “Landscape” that remained in Berlin after the return of Malevich to the Soviet Union.

The work was discovered after the war and acquired by the Basel Art Museum, where it was more than 50 years before it was returned to the heirs of the artist. For auction, the picture is exhibited from a private collection.

Source: https://ukraineartnews.com/news/news/christies-vistaviv-na-prodazh-znakovij-pejzazh-kazimira-malevicha

In Tokyo, opened the Digital Art Museum.


Following the modern art museum, Mori Building together with teamLab launched a new museum with interactive installations created with the help of cutting-edge technologies.

 “Waterfall from the drops” shows how small drops can cause a lot of movement.

Even during the lifetime of the developer, billionaire and patron of art Minori Mori, on the upper floors of one of the buildings of his company in Tokyo, the Mori Art Museum opened with works of contemporary art, including Ai Weiwei and Bill Viola. Continuing this successful endeavor, the Mori Building team recently opened a museum with a unique interactive exposition where the visitor can travel through the unreal, imaginary worlds created with the help of the latest digital technologies.

Images freely flow in space and “enter into relationships and relationships with people, communicate with other works, influence one another and sometimes mix with each other.” Installations with romantic names “Born from the darkness of a beautiful loving world” or “The world can be comprehended without order – dancing people and animals without borders” are constantly developing projections that completely fill the space. Thanks to computers that generate images, they react in real time to the presence of a person and mutate.

In “Leaping Universe” visitors can jump on a trampoline among galaxies and planets. Photo: Digital Art Museum

A separate part of the museum is “Sport Forest”, it is devoted to physical activity. Here, digital technologies are combined with different attractions. Visitors can jump on a trampoline among galaxies and planets, move around suspended in the air planks between virtual birds or climb up, clutching at glowing gems.

After inspecting the museum, you can take your breath away from the impressions during tea drinking – and at the same time get new ones: digital flowers will blossom right in the cup, but exactly as long as there is a drink in it.

Optical illusions that will make you crazy


The optical illusion is an error in the visual perception caused by inaccuracy or inadequate processes of unconscious correction of the visual image. Sometimes we can not see what is not really.

Fraser’s Spiral

The author of the spiral is a psychologist James Fraser in 1908. The secret of illusion is that at first glance it seems that the picture depicts a funnel, but if you look – it’s not a solid line, but a number of circles of different sizes.

“Everything is a hustle and bustle”

What do you see in front of you – a woman near the mirror or skull? The mysterious picture of Charles Gilbert made a lot of noise in his time.

Circles of the Ebbinghaus

The illusion named after the name opened by German psychologist Herman Ebbinghaus. The deception is that two circles, identical in size, are located adjacent, around one of them are circles of a large size, while the other is surrounded by circles smaller, but the first circle seems less than the second.

Triangle of the Kaniza

By his illusion, the author of Gaetano Kaniza tried to prove that a person sometimes gives an incorrect assessment of reality – the viewer in this picture sees a white triangle that does not really exist.

Stairs Penrose

The impossible figure, developed by Lionel and Roger Penrose. In the case of visual movement on these stairs in one direction (counterclockwise), the person will rise infinitely, and when moving in the opposite direction – descend. And after completing the route, the viewer will be at the same point from which the movement began.

Illusion of Perception

At first glance, it seems that these soldiers have different growths, but take a closer look at the whole thing in our perception.

Duck or hare

Before you can appear like a duck and a hare – it all depends on the direction in which your view is directed.


What’s wrong with this elephant? How many feet do you see? The feet themselves are erased and moved to the sides, so understanding this image is extremely difficult.

Switzerland can become the new center of the art market in Europe.


On the eve of the opening of the Art Basel Fair in Switzerland, data have been published illustrating the development of the situation on the local art market. According to him, the art market is gaining momentum, its turnover reached $ 1.2 billion a year.

According to the newspaper SonntagsZeitung, the market of works of art in Switzerland is taking off, its turnover increased during the reporting period by 15% per annum, that is, it grows faster than the average world figures. Such data are based on a study by an authoritative economist specializing in the art market of Claire McAndrew.

Together with the UBS Bank and the Art Basel Fair, an annual analytical report on the development of the Swiss and world art markets was published. Claire McAndrew stresses that business in this market is unstable, in the past few years his business situation has not developed in the best way, but now “in this market, especially in the higher price segment, there is a significant improvement, there are positive trends.

The Swiss art market is the fifth largest market in the world, the Swiss are among the most important customers. Art business is profitable outside of this industry, it brings significant profits to banks, insurance companies and logistics enterprises. Switzerland is also profitable from the point of view of infrastructure: tax warehouses of artifacts operate on its territory.

The rapid development of the Swiss art market is a consequence of political processes in the near European foreign countries. “The British art market is considered to be the most important in Europe, but Brexit sowed at him a mood of uncertainty and fear. According to UBS in 2017, this market grew by only 8%, and all because collectors do not yet understand how future trade in art between the EU and the UK will develop. In this situation, Switzerland is a wonderful, and, most importantly, a stable alternative, “says analyst Claire McAndrew.

No less difficult is the situation in Germany. In 2016 there came into force new legislative provisions regulating, and, more precisely, restricting and complicating the trade in art objects. In particular, the export of works of art from the country is now possible only after complex permitting procedures, so many collectors prefer to develop, multiply and save their treasures in Switzerland.

Actively active in the art business is banks and insurance companies. UBS Bank not only sponsors the Art Bassel Fair, but also arranges, for example, large exposures in Israel and Saudi Arabia. At vernissages and exhibitions, rich collectors appear in crowds – they are also potential new clients for the bank. The UBS Bank also finances an entire expert group of art historians and expert art historians. Only their bank customers can use their services, which put in their account for $ 50 million.

Approximately the same thing happens in the insurance market. The Allianz Suisse company notes that it currently has concluded private insurance contracts worth one billion Swiss francs. In recent years, the market for this type of insurance has grown at two-rate pace. Oliver Class, art expert at Allianz Suisse emphasizes that “the Swiss art market will continue to strengthen its position and increase its significance, and art dealers, gallerists and auction houses will continue to move to Switzerland.”

Source: https://ukraineartnews.com/news/news/shvejtsarija-mozhe-stati-novim-tsentrom-art-rinku-u-jevropi

The stolen work of British artist Stanley Spencer was discovered in a London apartment drug dealer.


The police found the picture of Cookham from Englefield under the bed of the alleged offender. She was packed with bags of 3 kilos of cocaine and packs of ecstasy pills.

“Spencer is one of our most recognized artists and a true master of the 20th century. It’s great that everything has ended well and the picture has returned to the legitimate owners “, – shared the Minister of Culture Michael Ellis. It is known that the landscape was stolen from Stanley Spencer’s gallery in 2012. The art market is worth £ 1,000,000. In the museum, she was under a contract for rent.

Police reported that the owner and curators of the gallery were “devastated” with news about the disappearance of the work. Law enforcement agencies state that the circumstances in which the work was found emphasize the link between the theft of cultural heritage objects and the global criminal network. In the picture, Spencer depicted the region in which he was born and inspired him throughout the creative path. The works of the artist have received the status of national heritage, and he himself was awarded a knight title a year before his death.