Dozens of paintings by renowned Russian artists, including Wassily Kandinsky, are stuck in Seoul after an exhibition due to theft sanctions imposed following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, organizers said Monday.
Paintings by some 50 Russian artists, including Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich and Alexander Rodchenko, among others, have been on display in central Seoul at the Sejong Museum of Art since December.
But after Russia invaded Ukraine in February, Western countries, including the United States and the EU, imposed unprecedented sanctions on Moscow.
The Seoul exhibition ended on Sunday, but the paintings are stuck in the South Korean capital as all available flight options have been shut down by sanctions against Moscow, an organizer told AFP.
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The artworks were loaned by four Russian institutions for the exhibition, according to organizers in Seoul, including the Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum and the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts.
“The works are being prepared for return, but flights are currently blocked due to the war in Ukraine,” the organizers told AFP.
“Although nothing has been confirmed yet, the Russian side is looking for a way to receive them in a non-air way.”
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Paintings include Kandinsky’s “Improvisation 4” (1909) and Malevich’s “Suprematism” (1915-16), as well as Mikhail Larionov’s “Jewish Venus” (1912).
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