A jubilee of Nicolas Iljine, one of the most respected and influential leaders of the art world, was celebrated at the gallery. Born in France but raised in Germany, Nicolas is a French and Russian author, editor, curator, and art consultant. Many of his books and exhibitions have involved the Russian and Western art of the 1920s - 2010s. He organized the Guggenheim Museum’s blockbuster exhibitions RUSSIA! (which Alexandre Gertsman was a Member of the Leadership Committee for), the survey of Russian art from the icons of XIII century to contemporary art, and The Great Utopia, a retrospective of Russian avant-garde art from 1913 to 1932. He was instrumental in organizing such major exhibitions as Kazimir Malevich – Suprematism and Amazons of the Avant-Garde. In October, international cultural elite gathered at the gallery to celebrate Mr. Iljine: there were representatives of The Guggenheim Museum, MOMA, The Jewish Museum, Zimmerly Art Museum of Rutgers University, Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Phillips auction houses, artists, art historians and journalists. It was an evening of art, uniting both different countries and several continents.

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