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Roman Abramovich funds London exhibition
Posted 27 November 2006
Several Russian oligarchs based in St Petersburg and Moscow have supported the arts in the last few years but Mr Abramovich, whose wealth is estimated by The Sunday Times at £10,800m, has not been known to be one of them.
The amount the 39-year old owner of Chelsea Football Club has given to fund “Max Penson: photographs of Uzbekistan” has not been disclosed.
Speaking to The Art Newspaper, Olga Sviblova, director of the Moscow House of Photography, which has organised the show, says that Mr Abramovich also supported an exhibition drawn from the Moscow museum at the Gilbert Collection last year. “Quiet Resistance: Russian Pictorial Photography 1900s-1930s” included over 100 works by leading avant-garde practitioners.
“I have never met Mr Abramovich,” says Ms Sviblova,
“but I sent his office the catalogue for our show last year and asked him
for his support. He said yes. Quiet Resistance was well received by the
critics and Mr Abramovich was happy about the press reaction. This year I
sent his office the catalogue for the Max Penson exhibition and, again, he