Feeling homesicks for my mansion in Meerkovo and collection of paintings of my honoured ancestors. I went to see how British Collectors of art both past and present display their collections. First I visit The Wallace collection which is the result of four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace. (There was no mention of his partner Gromit form movie of wrong trousers.)
|Alekandr Orlov outside house Manchester Square|
|Portrait by Frans Hals 1624 of|
a man who is neither a Cavalier nor laughing
but a great portrait nonetheless
Later on in week, Sergei suggest I go to Gallery of famous ad man and collector Saatchi.
|Alekandr outside the Saatchi Gallery |
with Giant snowball decorations for Christmas
|St John's Gospel by Dmitry Planitov( left)|
Principles of Surrender by Nika Neelova (right) with bell clappers
The show entitled " Gaiety is the most outstanding feature of the Soviet Union: New Art from Russia.
|Leonid Sokov's meeting of two sculptures 1994 Lenin and Giacometti left,|
coat with upside down pockets (right) did not get artist's name but Mr Hugh loved the work
Then I see this picture which is 'simples' black with tiny white dot.
|Point by Erik Bulatov reminds me of Malevich Black Square which upset Uncle Joe Stalin so much.|