Leopold Thun is an independent curator and gallerist based in London. He holds an MA in Art History and International Relations from the University of St Andrews. Before he joined ARTUNER, he worked for Sotheby's, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen and the Belvedere Wien. Leopold co-runs Emalin gallery in London. Leopold also sits on the Committee of the Outset Young Production Fund.
Alexey Maslyaev is a curator, cultural historian, the Head of the Research and Teaching Methodology Sector of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art Education Department. He is also a curator of the Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair NonCommercial Programme. He has been nominated for the Innovation Prize in the nominations ‘Curator Project’ (‘No Water Tomorrow’ exhibition) and ‘Regional Project’ (‘Story Demands To Be Continued’ exhibition).
“I am very pleased to see that certain Cosmoscow projects take their own shape, find their identity and earn reputation. Over the years, the Off white auction has indeed become one of the most notable and anticipated events of the Moscow art scene. I am particularly pleased that from now on the auction has an international curator who is perfectly familiar with the fundamentals of the Russian contemporary art market. Due to the fact that for the second year in a row the auction will benefit the Cosmoscow Foundation for Contemporary Art, we will be able to continue implementing projects that promote the development of the Russian art market in general and certain artists in particular. In addition, we are very pleased to continue our cooperation with Phillips”.
“Phillips is happy to support the Off White charity auction that in five years has become an important cultural event of the capital. This year, the young curator and gallery owner Leopold Thun is in charge of the auction programme, and his choice of works from Russia is intriguing. As always, we will present Russian art in an international context building a dialogue between Russian and foreign artists”.
This year, thematic boundaries of the auction are set by a multitude of interpretations of the word "light", which are manifested differently in art. Such subject made it possible to build subtle links between the works of Russian and international artists made in different media (photography, video, painting, etc.) and discover philosophical, symbolic, technical, physical, and metaphorical manifestations of light in an art work.
In 2017 the auction featured 17 works by Russian and international contemporary artists totaling €118,700. The auction started a two-year partnership deal between Cosmoscow and Phillips Auction House. All the proceeds benefited recently established Cosmoscow Foundation for Contemporary Art.
In 2016 the price foe the top lot by Vladimir Fridkes 'Svetlana Zakharova. Still Frame' reached over €30,000. For three consecutive years (from 2014 to 2016), the auction cooperated with the Naked Heart Foundation, fetching more than €550,000.
In 2015 the Off white auction featured 20 works. The highest price of €24,000 was paid for a portrait of Diana Vishneva by the French fashion icon Patrick Demarchelier.
In 2014 the inaugural edition of the Off white auction totaled €209,500 benefiting Natalia Vodianova's Naked Heart Foundation.
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