I hope that you have all had a fantastic week so far, even if it is only Tuesday. This past week in Russia cash the art market speaks louder than politics, Banksy shook up Glastonbury and Monaco has been selling off treasures. The art world certainly has not slowed down and there have been some wonderfully interesting stories to come out this past week which I have been posting on Twitter. As always, you can follow me on Twitter @monacogirl or by clicking on the link below.
If you are a regular reader of this blog you know that I am not so quietly in love with Banksy. After seeing the stunt that he pulled at Glastonbury this past week, I love him just a little bit more! I have linked a video of the 'performance' piece called "Sirens of the Lambs" on my Videos page, but essentially he had an agricultural truck driven through the premisis by a farmer that was loaded up with rowdy stuffed live stock animal puppets that seemed to know that they were off to slaughter... or maybe they were excited for the impending fun of the festival? Either way, they were noisy, cute and mildly disturbing all at the same time. According to the artist himself who originally debuted the work on the streets of New York in the Meat Packing District, this time he added 25% more terror than the first time. As always, he continues to out do himself.
I was surprised to hear about this one due everything that I know and understand about Monaco, but the Principality is selling off works and objects from its Napoleonic museum which is housed within the palace walls. About 1,000 pieces will be auctioned off on November 15-16th in Fontainebleau, outside of Paris and will consist of things such as memorabilia, paintings and manuscripts from the former French ruler. For anyone who has ever visited 'the Roc' as we call it as a tourist, you have probably stopped to take a tour of the palace and seen many of these pieces first hand. Prince Albert is currently deep into a massive renovation of his territory and I must say that it has all been quite impressive. Myself and everyone else is quite interested to see what the finished product will look like, but I can not help but think that this is tied in with the rest of this activity and there is probably some greater grand plan that will reveal itself in time. One thing that I do know in life it is that I have faith that the powers that be, i.e. Prince Albert would not make sure a move casually or without purpose.
Then last but certainly not least, home grown Russian art has been making waves at auction. Last week a total of £64 million of it has been snapped up from the four leading auction houses in London. Each of the works smashed the guide prices that were placed on them, stunning experts from the likes of Christies and Sotheby's. For example, one group of five portraits had an estimated price of £210,000 went for £3 million. Most these paintings were of images were tied to ideas of national pride and were picked up by Russian nationals. There is a theory that the sudden boost in auction prices for these types of works is tied to the fact that Russians will soon be asked by the Russian government to return all money held outside of the country to Russian banks. This is most likely an effort for individuals who might be affected by this 'request' to empty any bank accounts that might be held in the UK. I love a good back story and I wish that I had a gallery in London right about now!
Hugs n' Bisous,