We Like — Salve Regina!

Regina is one of the leading Russian galleries that grew out of the new opportunities for visual arts after Glasnost. And it’s just opened a new space, in London.

So, is it a sign that London is set to remain one of the world’s top contemporary art capitals when those running contemporary galleries are, for the main part, still nursing the injuries sustained during the economic crisis? It would tend to suggest so.

 Semyon Faibisovich. 'I Love Moscow' 2008 Mixed media, oil on canvas

Semyon Faibisovich. 'I Love Moscow' 2008 Mixed media, oil on canvas

Regina is, these days, an old hand, an established gallery that is a regular feature on the international contemporary art circuit; at international art fairs and with its artists shown in numerous international museums and important collections. But, twenty years ago, when it was first set up by Vladimir and Regina Ovcharenko in Moscow, it was one of the young guns, a small handful of serious galleries that planned to bring an unprecedented Western-style gallery programme to a Russian society still feeling its way in a newly less regulated society.

Recognised particularly for its championing of young Russian artists both to the international audience and to a new breed of Russian collectors and art admirers, many of the artists whose work the gallery has championed – such as Sergey Bratkov, Oleg Kulik or Pavel Pepperstein- are now recognised as leading talents of this new wave of Russian artists operating internationally.

Just over three weeks ago, Regina opened the doors to its new London gallery in Eastcastle Street, a new neighbour to top London galleries Stuart Shave/Modern Art, Alison Jacques and Pillar Corrias and perhaps also another sign in favour of those who argue that Fitzrovia is likely to remain a hot neighbourhood for gallery activity in coming years.

The opening show is a solo presentation by painter Semyon Faibisovich. His show – ‘Les Miserabeles’- of paintings that are a kind of revisionist take on Social Realism also marks his first substantial gallery presentation in the UK following his recent institutional show at Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery. This opening exhibition will be followed by a solo exhibition in June 2010 by Pavel Pepperstein.

Pavel Pepperstein. Work from those shown in Russian Pavilion at Venice

Pavel Pepperstein. Work from those shown in Russian Pavilion at Venice

28 May 2010