On February 24th, the first general meeting of members of the Association of Galleries (AGA) took place at Winzavod. Leading Russian gallerists discussed the problems of the art industry and outlined the strategy of the Association.
At present, the Association includes 20 participants, including the XL Gallery, Triumph Gallery, pop/off/art, Ruarts, Marina Gisich Gallery, Anna Nova Gallery, 11.12 GALLERY and others. During the meeting, the issues of systematizing the art market, pricing, and the problems of museum purchases, as well as the presence of Russian contemporary art in the international arena and building dialog with the government, were all discussed.
President of Winzavod Fund for the Support of Contemporary Art, noted the importance of professional dialog in gallery environment: "Collective realization of ourselves as one art industry and development of basic principles of art business will let the industry become visible for the state and international community".
Since its launch in October 2020, members of the Association united into working groups led by board members. Each group worked in one area:
- government relations;
Standardization of the activities of art market participants;
pricing in art and building a transparent art market;
relations with museums in terms of organizing purchases;
Logistics and customs issues.
At the meeting, gallery owners discussed and approved a strategy of action, which each group had been working on for several months on its block of questions.
The AGA is working both to improve conditions for the industry as a whole and to develop its own project program. At the end of 2020, the Association of Galleries signed a cooperation agreement with the Moscow government to develop the art business. Among future projects the Gallery Association plans to launch a series of public and closed discussions on AGA Talks, develop projects for group exhibitions of member galleries in Russian cities, as well as jointly participating in international fairs.
: Sofia Trotsenko (Winzavod Contemporary Art Support Fund), Sergei Popov (pop/off/art gallery), Alexander Sharov (11. 12 GALLERY), Ksenia Podoynitsyna (InArt Gallery by Ksenia Podoynitsyna), Marina Gisich (Marina Gisich Gallery), Elena Selina (XL Gallery), Emelyan Zakharov (Triumph Gallery), Irina Solntseva and Julia Manusevich (Cultproject Gallery), Vera Pogodina (Pogodina Gallery), Georgy Tashker and Marina Tsurtsumia (Totibadze Gallery), Polina Askeri (Askeri Gallery), Mikhail Krokin (Krokin Gallery), Alina Krukova (a-s-t-r-a), Anna Barinova (Anna Nova Gallery), Lucine Petrosyan (Artstory Gallery of Contemporary Art), Catherine Borisov (Ruarts Gallery), Alexander Omelchenko (Omelchenko Gallery).
About the Gallery Association
The Association of Galleries is a professional organization of Russian galleries created to represent the interests of the art business on the local, national and international level and to develop the art market.