The Moscow and Paris offices of Debevoise & Plimpton have advised the Vladimir Potanin Foundation on the organization of an exhibition of Soviet and Russian contemporary art at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Debevoise describes the exhibition as "unprecedented" and "one of the most important in recent times," reporting that it "included the generous donation of a remarkable collection of Soviet and Russian contemporary artworks to the Centre Pompidou by the Foundation and other benefactors."
The Foundation arranged for more than 250 artworks of 65 Soviet and Russian artists to be donated to the Centre Pompidou both by the Foundation and by private collectors, artists, and their families. The exhibition of these artworks, titled Kollektsia! Contemporary Art in the USSR and Russia, 1950-2000, will be unveiled on September 14, 2016 and will run until March 27, 2017 as part of the program of the Franco-Russian Year of Cultural Tourism. After the exhibition is over, the artworks will remain in the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou.
According to Debevoise, the Foundation, which was established by Russian businessman Vladimir Potanin, "supports the training of art and culture professionals and works to promote philanthropic activity in Russia. Since its creation in 1999, the Foundation has supported hundreds of museums across Russia to introduce innovations, advance their impact on local communities and boost professional networks, and has built partnerships with the most prominent museums in Russia, including the State Hermitage Museum, the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Kunstkamera and the Polytechnic Museum.”
The Debevoise team is led by Partner Alyona Kucher and includes Partners Pierre Clermontel and Alan Kartashkin, Associates Mikhail Movshovic, Svyatoslav Skopintsev, Daria Serebrova, and Elena Bader, and legal assistants Alexey Khnalkov and Olga Kiseleva.