The Royal Academy of Arts is organizing an unprecedented auction in aid of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine (NAAU).
Featuring works by renowned British artists including Tracey Emin and Antony Gormley, the event is a collaboration between the Royal Academy and The Natalia Cola Foundation.
It marks the first collaboration of the Academy with an external organization.
The Ukrainian National Academy of Arts is currently facing a crisis as a result of Russia’s military invasion of the country last year.
The auction will take place in London on January 28. A silent auction is currently taking place and bids are being accepted online at www.saveukraineculture.com.
The funds raised by the event will go towards a number of different initiatives involving the NAAU.
These include a grant scheme for Ukrainian artists, financial aid for Ukrainian scholars, structural repair of NAAU buildings, the continuation of research publishing and exhibition activities, and the digitization of archives, translation of its website and equipment.
Allen Jones, Claire Woods and Jürgen Teller are also among the artists who provided items for the auction.
Teller has submitted a photograph taken during a trip to Kyiv in 2007.
Meanwhile, artist Stephen Shore is auctioning off a photograph from a 2018 MoMA retrospective, taken in Bucha, Kyiv, home of a Ukrainian Holocaust victim.
The NAAU also presents a number of pieces by famous Ukrainian artists such as Anatoly Kryvolap, Oleg Tistol, Borys Mykhaylov, Tiberii Silvashi and Vira Barynova-Kuleba.
Among the more valuable items up for sale is Gormley’s 2021 ink-on-paper cap piece, titled RESPECTwhich is expected to sell for between £10,000 and £15,000.
Silvashi and Kryvolap’s oil-on-canvas paintings receive starting bids of £14,000 and £15,000 respectively.
Other items on sale include a collectible book, 9 and a half years of Vogue in Ukrainesigned by the First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, and a Giorgio Armani dress from the designer’s Spring/Summer 22 collection.
The live auction will take place on January 28 at 8:00 p.m. at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.