Vasily Klyukin - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    ARTHOUSE 2050, Monaco
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Venice Biennale, Vasily Klyukin: In Dante Veritas, 7 May - 30 November 2019 (another variant exhibited)

  • Artist Biography

    Vasily Klyukin

    Russian • 1976

    From architecture and design to abstract and kinetic sculpture, Vasily Klyukin's oeuvre possesses a character that is curious and deeply philosophical. The Moscow born artist is not afraid of experimenting with techniques and forms.

    Klyukin has always been attracted to the embodiment of human form in art on the one hand, and addicted to engineering on the other. Combining these passions allowed Vasily to create his 'Live Sculptures' technique, which he considers to be one of his main achievements. The series 'In Dante Veritas', inspired by Dante's 'Inferno', was created in this technique and began its world tour at the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg. Afterwards, the collection was presented in Moscow and at the Venice Biennale 2019. Neхt year, the exhibition re-opened in a new format 'Art Panorama Inferno' in Lucerne's most picturesque location — Gütsch.

    His Wall sculpture series is equally fascinating. Enamored with the natural elements and armed with mathematical formulas, Klyukin created “Crypto” series, which was showcased in September 2020 at a personal exhibition at the Simon Lee Gallery in London. It was also available for viewing as part of temporary art space 'The Big Implosion Theory' in Moscow — which was open until the end of 2020. In 2021 this exhibition can be viewed in Hong Kong under the same title 'Mind Port'. Art connoisseurs can see the 'Relief' series at any time as part of permanent exposition at the Simon Lee Gallery in London.

    The season of 2021 started off with the 'Mind Port' exhibition in Moscow City. Throughout this year an exhibition under the name ‘Civilization. The island of the day before’ will be shown in Vienna at the Kunstforum, as well as in Monaco. The artist also has two shows in Germany: 4 sculptures of sins from the collection 'In Dante Veritas' in Bad Breisig and 2 sculptures 'Genesis' (Embryo series) and ‘Gluttony’(‘In Dante Veritas’) at the Osthaus Museum, Hagen. Each one will  uncover different aspects of Vasily's work.

    The Divine Comedy theme continues with the 'Mask of Dante' which will be showcased in several cities in Switzerland: Zug, Geneva and Lucerne.

    Klyukin's works can be found at charity auctions held by amfAR, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and the Prince of Monaco Albert II Foundation. 2019 marked the start of commercial sales, auctioning five sculptures at the Phillips auction house between June and February.

    Vasily currently lives in Monaco, is married and has four children.

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Venetian Virgin (Gold)

incised with the artist's initials, inscribed and dated 'VK VVIRID-H100-2/6-2016' to the base of one insert panel; further incised with the artist's initials, inscribed and dated 'VK VVIRID-H100-2/6-2016' to the top of one insert panel
brass on silver and black metal base
116 x 47 x 47 cm (45 5/8 x 18 1/2 x 18 1/2 in.)
Executed in 2016, this work is number 2 from an edition of 6.

£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £150,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 3 October 2019