The Exhibitionists

Launched a few years ago by a group of European dealers chas­ing Russia’s new rich, the annual Moscow World Fine Art Fair has become a major event, attracting serious col­lec­tors and the cream of Moscow society. Held late May at the Manezh, an elegant cavalry training hall near the Kremlin, the show features 80 exhibitors. It’s a mix of inter­na­tional and Russian gal­ler­ies offer­ing Old Master and modern paintings, Art Deco furni­ture, decora­tive objects, and lots of jewelry. Luba Mosion­zhnik, of New York’s Chowaiki Mosionzhnik Gallery, remarks, "Russia is like Amer­ica at the end of the nineteenth cen­tury with the Fricks and Rockefellers amassing collections." The 2008 fair runs from May 26 to June 2 at the Manezh. At 1 Manezh Sq.;