Khaleej Times: Abu Dhabi gets rare glimpse of Soviet-era artwork

Artists, architects, ambassadors and royals thronged the Emirates Palace on Tuesday night to get a first glance of monumental Russian art collection.

Andrey Vasilievich Filatov, billionaire entrepreneur and founder of Art Russe, has for the first time exhibited his coveted art collection "20th Century Russian and Soviet Art: War and Peace" in the heart of the UAE's capital city on Tuesday.

The VIP opening ceremony, which was held under the patronage of Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Social Development, introduced audiences to the artistic heritage of a crucial period in Russia's history from over the past century.

Each masterpiece work reveals a rich and opulent culture of Russia as well as the torment of war and the love of peace.

During an exclusive interview with Khaleej Times, Andrey Filatov talked about what the collection means to him, and why he chose Abu Dhabi as the provisional home for his priceless collection.

"Today, Abu Dhabi is pretty much the new cultural centre of the world," he said, adding that, "currently, the largest investments in the world have been put here in order to create infrastructures in art and it is becoming the new capital of the art world."

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