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Personal and professional correspondence, art exhibition catalogs, photographs, printed materials collected by Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), renowned art dealer and collector. This collection complements Bakhmeteff Archive's holdings on Russian emigre artists.
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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Viktor Kholodkov Papers; Box and Folder; Bakhmeteff Archive, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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History / Biographical Note
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Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), Russian-American Art Dealer and Collector, was born in Kharkiv but in the early 1970s he moved to Moscow where he became an art dealer specializing in early Soviet avant-garde. He was a close associate of Nikolai Khardzhiev, one of the most influential art collectors in the former Soviet Union. Kholodkov main interest was in the art of VKhUTEMAS, the acronym for the Russian State and Technical School founded in 1920 in Moscow. VKhUTEMAS is often been reductively referred to as the "Soviet Bauhaus". Its faculty comprised some of the most pioneering Soviet artists of the time unckuding Aleksandr Rodchenko, Varvara Stepanova, El Lissitzky, Vladimir Tatlin, and Gustav Klutsis.
In 1989, Viktor Kholodkov had immigrated to the United States and managed to bring there his extensive collection of prints and paintings related to the VKhUTEMAS art. In 1992, some of the paintings from his collection were exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in New York at the exhibition entitled "The Great Utopia: Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde". In 1995, he sold his collection to the Getty museum in Los Angeles. The same year, he sold his collection of early Soviet sheet music covers to the Library of Congress, however, this collection also contains similar covers.
Viktor Kholodkov died in San Diego, California in 2015.