Review: ‘Jack of Diamonds’ at Dom Naschokina Gallery, Moscow by Theodora Clarke
The gallery Dom Naschokina is hidden away down a small side street, off a busy main road, in the centre of Moscow. Wedged in between a Soviet style apartment block and a currency exchange, it is not a place where you would expect to find a major exhibition of early twentieth century Russian art. However, the gallery is currently displaying an exceptional show of works from the Jack of Diamonds (Бубновый валет/Bubnovy Valet) group.
The Art Director Evgenia Khilkevich tells me how the paintings and drawings are sourced from collections across Russia: “our main task as a gallery is to work with provincial museums and to present works from collections not usually seen in Moscow. We try to show the best Russian artists here, not only from the Tretyakov Gallery and the State Russian Museum, but from others too.
The Jack of Diamonds is one of the most interesting groups in the history of art. We wanted to do an exhibition, in particular with the Abramtsevo Museum, as this is a very famous house where many Russian painters worked at the beginning of the twentieth century. Now it is closed to public and, as they have such a very beautiful collection, we decided our gallery was the perfect opportunity to display their works”.