HRH Prince Michael of Kent and Annya Sand
· Study of Russia exhibition at Asia House, London, 4-8 December 2013
· Ahead of UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014
· Features Russia’s cultural and political icons by artist Annya Sand
· Supported by Mayor of London, Boris Johnson
Ahead of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014, HRH Prince Michael of Kent joined guests at the Study of Russia exhibition at Asia House last night, to celebrate Russian cultural and historical icons through the works of Contemporary artist Annya Sand. The exhibition explores Russia’s architectural, cultural and historical heritage and is open to the public until 8 December.
The exhibition also included a panel discussion on the role of Cultural Diplomacy ahead of the UK-Russia Year of Culture, led by the UK’s leading art critic and columnist, Andrew Graham-Dixon. Closing remarks were made by John Whittingdale OBE MP. Other panellists included John Holden, author of the British Council’s report on Cultural Diplomacy, Kadri Liik of the European Council on Foreign Relations, William MacDougall of the Russian fine art auction house MacDougall’s and Gayane Umerova, Curator of the Study of Russia exhibition. Theodora Clarke, Guest Editor of the UK-Russia Year of Culture magazine, also gave a presentation on the events taking place during the Year of Culture.
Contemporary artist Annya Sand said, “I am overwhelmed by the support I have received for the Study of Russia exhibition. I was delighted to welcome HRH Prince Michael of Kent to the opening of the Study of Russia and hope to welcome more visitors to the exhibition over the next few days. By bringing these artworks to the London art scene, I hope to contribute to the dialogue between Russia and the UK, while providing a cultural and historical context. Study of Russia highlights Russia’s multifaceted culture: from mesmerising cathedrals and ballet dancers, to portraits of Russia’s most iconic and influential leaders. It is my personal belief that continuously presenting the public with foreign cultures in multiple ways helps promote peace through art, and thus fosters better understanding between nations”.
The exhibition has the support of the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who says, “I would like to welcome the Study of Russia exhibition to London. I hope that it is a fantastic success and would like to take this opportunity to extend my warmest good wishes for the forthcoming UK-Russia Year of Culture”.
The exhibition is proud to partner with The Children’s Burns Trust, of which HRH Prince Michael of Kent is the Royal Patron, and 20 percent of proceeds from the sale of the exhibition will go towards the charity.