Igor Tsukanov is Chairman and founder of the Tsukanov Family Foundation, collector of Russian Non-conformist and contemporary art, stood as the driving force behind the recent blockbuster exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery. Dubbed by an FT journalist as the Russian banker who wants a museum, not a yacht, Mr Tsukanov stays true to his passion. In 2013, the Tsukanov Family Foundation and the Saatchi Gallery announced partnership which resulted in a number of exhibitions, introducing contemporary Russian artsits to London public.
An avid art collector and major art patron in the UK, Tsukanov was responsible for Breaking the Ice and Post-Pop shows at the Satchi Gallery, as well as for supporting another major exhibition Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky at the National Portrait Gallery in 2016. Igor and his family are also involved into major philantropic projects and belong to the Director’s Circle of patrons at the ROH, supporting various programmes for young talented musicians and singers. They also supported the staging of the Nose (a famous Shostakovich opera) brought to London by Barry Kosky in 2016.
Here, we are discussing the initial vision of the exhibition, suggested by Mr. Tsukanov to the Saatchi board, his relationship with Charles Saatchi and his collaboration with such Russian artists as Pyotr Pavlensky, Oleg Kulik, Blue Noses and the curator of the exhibition Marat Guelman.