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Collector Costakis, The

Alternative title
George Costakis
Synopsis
George Costakis is well known as the foremost collector of early 20th Century Russian avant-garde art. The walls of his public housing flat in Moscow are crowded with his rich collection of banned and forgotten works by artists such as Malevich, Tatlin, Kandinsky, Chagall, Lissitzky, Rodchenko, and Kliun. Public figures such as Edward Kennedy, Stravinsky, and Alfred Barr are amongst some of its high profile visitors over the years.

Director Barrie Gavin met the collector in 1982 at his home in Athens where much of this documentary was filmed. Costakis, a Greek born in Russia, shares his story and those of the Russian avant-garde artists whose precious works he so carefully guarded. Their works are his legacy - without him, they would not have survived the political upheavals in Russia which saw many works of art destroyed.
Series
Art Lives
Language
English
Country
Germany
Year of release
2014
Subjects
Art
Keywords
art - Russian art; art collections

Credits

Director
Barrie Gavin
Contributor
George Costakis

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0 NTSC
Price
£17.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
55 minutes
Year
2014

Publisher

Name

Arthaus Musik

Email
info@arthaus-musik.com
Web
http://arthaus-musik.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
+49.345.2 99 89 49 50
Fax
+49.345.2 99 89 49 99
Address
Große Brauhausstraße 8
Halle/Saale
D-06108
Germany

Distributor

Name

Illuminations

Email
louise@illuminationsmedia.co.uk
Web
http://www.illuminationsmedia.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7288 8400
Fax
020 7288 8488
Address
19-20 Rheidol Mews
Rheidol Terrace
Islington
London
N1 8NU
Notes
Illuminations produces and distributes programmes on arts-related subjects, some of which are made for television and others in conjunction with cultural institutions to accompany specific exhibitions. Many titles are available for sale on DVD, including continuing series on leading contemporary and twentieth century artists and modern architecture, as well as a few programmes on religion, drama, history and ideas.

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