About the project
Russian Antique Salon
The Russian Antique Salon is the leading antique fair in Russia; it actually was at the origins of the domestic art market.
The first Salon took place in 1996 at the Central House of Artists. Vasily and Irina Bychkovs, the founders and inspirers of the project and the founders of “EXPO-PARK. EXHIBITION PROJECTS ”, say:
“Antique Salons are the oldest and most enduring event that brings together authoritative antiquaries and a serious public. We started with 18 participants. We personally visited all the antique galleries in Moscow. But the next Salon counted twice as many participants. The antiques business was very private and closed, and still we managed to make this exhibition the main event in the country that it still is. "
Over time, the fair has grown stronger, gained authority and reputation. For 23 years, 7000 galleries and private collections took part in the event and more than 1.5 million people attended it.
Since 2019, the Russian Antique Salon has changed its venue and now takes place in Gostiny Dvor on Ilyinka street, in the very heart of Moscow.
The large-scale exhibition features “Antiques”, “Art Moscow”, “Jewelry Art”, “Lifestile. Art of Interior”,“Retro Cars” sections, and Living Together format allows presenting all areas of collecting. The international practice of well-known fairs as TEFAF and BRAFA of encompassing classics and modernity is one of the world trends, vectoring the development of the art market.
Vasily Bychkov, project founder:
“…we want to evade dividing art into old and new. Today a visitor wants to visit a fair and get everything of his or her interest. And who knows, a lover of Russian classical painting may all of a sudden fall in love with contemporary art. This is the most relevant format of international art fairs such as TEFAF and BRAFA.....”
To the traditional “Antiques” and “Art of the 2nd half of the twentieth century” sections added “Jewelry Art” that present modern masterpieces from well-known jewelry brands; “Lifestile. Art of Interior” section - the territory of contemporary art and collection design.
“Very laconic and elegant booths of participants from the new Art & Design Block featuring contemporary art and collectible design: Heritage, PA Gallery, Mirra, “E.K. ArtBureau”, Tirage 1/1 and others."
Anna Savitskaya, The Art Newspaper Russia
MISSION AND VALUES OF THE PROJECT:
Support and development of the domestic art market
Promoting and popularization of Russian art
Integration of the Russian art market into the global art market
Assistance in replenishing of public and private museum collections