Art: Momentous Happening in Moscow

One of the world's greatest collections of 20th century art hung, until now, in an unexpected place: a seven-room apartment in a prefabricated building on Vernadskovo Prospekt. on the outskirts of Moscow. There, from floor to ceiling, cramming the rooms and narrow corridors, were about 380 paintings from the critical years of the Russian avantgarde, 1910-25: the work of such artists as Wassily Kandinsky. Kazimir Malevich, Alexander Rodchenko, Vladimir Tallin. El Lissitzky, Marc Chagall, Liubov Popova. An official storeroom of officially disapproved art? Not at all: a private collection belonging to a pipe-puffing,...

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