Russian Naive and Outsider Art

Bogemskaia – Turchin collection
Year of foundation: 1985
Economic structure: private

The Turchin – Bogemskaia collection is a private collection of Naïve and Outsider art based in Moscow, Russia representing mostly Russian and some international art. The collection was started in the middle of the 1980s by Dr. Ksenia Bogemskaia (1947 -2010). Dr. Bogemskaia published several books on naive and outsider art. It is one of the oldest institutions in field of Russian naive art studies, it is now 30 years old.

The goal of the collection is to preserve the heritage of outstanding Soviet Naive Artists, particularly Pavel Leonov, and to support new artists and conserve their work. Parallel to this is a programme of research into Russian Outsider Art. An important aim of the collection is to search for new and promising artists.

The collection is entirely self-supporting and this, of necessity, involves some degree of buying and selling art.

The collection consists of two parts: the more established section is Russian Naïve Art, and the more recent section is Art Brut or 'Outsider' Art. In the Art Brut section the most prominent artist is Alexander Lobanov.

Recent activities of the collection have been two large exhibitions of paintings by Pavel Leonov. One in the Roza Azora gallery (2010), and the other in the Pushkin State Art Museum (2011), as well as Museum of Everything in Garage, 2013

The collection was included in the top-60 collection in Europe in the book "On the map: Exploring european outsider art. A notebook" of which only 4 others in Russian (including Inye collection in Yaroslavl and Outsiderbourg in Saint-Petersburg)


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