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Viktor Kholodkov Papers, 1940-2015

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: BA#0562
Bib ID 14012592 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Kholodkov, Viktor, 1948-2015
Title Viktor Kholodkov Papers, 1940-2015
Physical Description 8.5 Linear Feet (20 manuscript boxes)
Language(s) English , Yiddish , Russian .
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Content Description

Personal and professional correspondence, art exhibition catalogs, photographs, printed materials, bio-biographical materials on Russian artists including emigre artists based in the U.S. and Europe collected by Viktor Kholodkov (1948-2015), renowned art dealer and collector. This collection complements Bakhmeteff Archive's holdings on Russian emigre artists.

Using the Collection

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Conditions Governing Access

You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

Material is unprocessed. Please contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Viktor Kholodkov Papers; Box and Folder; Bakhmeteff Archive, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.


Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

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Revision Description

09/22/2020 authorities and notes updated by ksd

11/11/2020 Bio note written by Tanya Chebotarev added. ksd

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Art -- Soviet Union Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bowlt, John E. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Deĭneko, Olʹga, 1897-1970 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Feinberg, Leon, 1897-1969 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fevralʹskiĭ, Aleksandr Vilʹi︠a︡movich Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Golubovskiĭ, E. M. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Guerra, René Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hollerbach, Serge, 1923-2021 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Korolev, B. D. (Boris Danilovich), 1885-1963 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kotarbiński, Wilhelm, 1848-1921 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kovalenko, G. (Georgiĭ) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lushchik, Sergeĭ Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Russian American artists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Serebri︠a︡kova, Zinaida Evgenʹevna, 1884-1967 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
VKhUTEMAS (Art school) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Vasilʹev, Boris Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

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.

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Series I: Correspondence

Box 1 Folder 1 Autographs of American politicians, copies

Box 1 Folder 2 Autographs of Russian and Soviet artists and writers including A. V. Fevralskii, L. E. Feinberg, Boris Vasil'ev, Zinaida Serebriakova, Vladimir Kazakov, and others

Box 1 Folder 3 Autographs of Soviet functionaries

Box 1 Folder 4 Bowlt, John

Box 1 Folder 5 Business correspondence, 1979-1990s

Drobachevsky, Irina correspondence:

Box 1 Folder 6 with Evgenii Golubovskii

Box 1 Folder 7 with Rene Guerra (with related manuscirpt), 1986-2004

Box 1 Folder 8 with Georgii Kovalenko (with related manuscripts)

Box 1 Folder 9 with Sergei Lushchik, 2000-2005

Box 1 Folder 10 with Alla Toiberman

Series II: Original Art

Box 1 Folder 11 Deineko, Olga

Box 1 Folder 11 Ershov, Igor' Aleksandrovich

Box 1 Folder 11 Karavashkin, M.

Box 1 Folder 11 Kotarbinskii, V.

Box 1 Folder 11 Proskuriakova, Elena (lynotype), 1938

Box 1 Folder 11 Sakhno, V.

Box 1 Folder 11 Sazonova, A. V.

Box 1 Folder 11 Sternberg, G.

Box 1 Folder 11 Tarakanov, L.

Box 1 Folder 11 Children's art

Box 1 Folder 12 Unknown

Series III: Helix Center

Box 2-4 Copies of artworks from Kholodkov's collection

Box 5 Folder 1-7 Copies of posters from Kholodkov's collection

Box 5 Folder 8 Copies of prints from Kholodkov's collection

Box 6 Folder 1 Copies of the items exhibited at Great Experiment exhibition, Rosa Esman Gallery, 1992

Box 6 Folder 2 Copies of playbills and covers

Box 6 Folder 3 Copies of postcards from Kholodkov's collection

Box 6 Folder 4-7 Rare Russian and Soviet postcards

Box 7 Folder 1 Invitations, 1906-1946

Box 7 Folder 2 Flyers-leaflets

Box 7 Folder 3 Helix business correspondence, 1989-1996

Box 7 Folder 4-5 Exhibition loans, 1990s

Box 7 Folder 6 Exhibitions and festivals with loans from Kholodkov's collections

Box 7 Folder 7 Paintings for sale

Box 8 Folder 1 Keepers of the Flame exhibition

Box 8 Folder 2 Exhibition invitations

Box 8 Folder 3 Photographs of Alexandra Iakusheva paintings from Kholodkov's collection

Box 8 Folder 4 Russian Archives Records, Business Correspondence

Box 8 Folder 5 Russian Archives lists and forms

Box 8 Folder 6 Sales documents and lists

Box 8 Folder 7 Lists of paintings on slides

Box 8 2 audiotapes, unlabeled

Series IV: Professional Activities

Subseries IV.1: Copies of Art Catalogs

Box 9 Folder 1-5 1899-1934

Box 10 Folder 1-4 1913-1928

(Including Akchu, Khudozhnik Segodnia, The Art of Soviet Ukraine, and others)

Box 11 Folder 1-4 1916-1929

Box 12 Folder 1-3 1920-1936

Box 12 Folder 4 XIV Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte della citta di Venezia

Box 12 Folder 5 15 let RKKA, Moscow, 1933

Box 12 Folder 6 XX let RKK and Voienno-Morskogo Flota, 1938

Box 12 Folder 7 Apollon, 1913

Box 12 Folder 8 Art Studio Dobychina; Mishen'; Alexandra Exter; Kultur-Liga, 1913-1937

Box 12 Folder 9 Erste Sussische Kunstausstellung, Berlin, 1922

Box 12 Folder 10 Feodosia Museum; Central Museum of Tavrida, 1927

Box 12 Folder 11 Frantsuzskaia vystavka kartin "Sovremennoe iskusstvo", Moscow, 1912

Box 12 Folder 12 In Chinese

Box 13 Folder 1 Iskusstvo v massy, 1929

Box 13 Folder 2 Khudozhniki RSFSR za XV let, Moscow, 1932

Box 13 Folder 3-4 Mir Iskusstva, 1903, 1911-1922

Box 13 Folder 5 Moskovskoe Tovarishchestvo Khudozhnikov, 1912-1917

Box 13 Folder 6 Pervaia peredvizhnaia vystavka zhivopisi i grafiki, 1929

Box 13 Folder 7 Pervaia vystavka kartin Professional'nogo Soiuza Khudozhnikov v Moskve, 1918

Box 13 Folder 8 Russian Avant-Garde, 1990s

Box 14 Folder 1 Sotsialisticheskoe stroitel'stvo v sovetskom iskusstve, 1931

Box 14 Folder 2 Vystavka molodykh khudozhnikov, Moscow, 1931

Box 14 Folder 3 Vystavka rabot masterov sovetskogo fotoiskusstva, Moscow, 1935

Box 14 Folder 4 Zhivopis' i grafika russkikh khudozhnikov 1-i treti XX veka, 1967

Box 14 Folder 5 Zhizn' i byt narodov SSSR

Subseries IV.2: Subject Files


Box 17 Folder 2 Allen, Polly

Box 14 Folder 7 Boim, Solomon

Box 16 Folder 8 Deineka, Aleksandr

Box 17 Folder 9 Egorov, Konstantin Kuz'mich (documents and photos)

Box 17 Folder 1 Guerra, Rene

Korolev, Boris Danilovich

Box 16 Folder 9 General

Box 16 Folder 10 Copies of artworks

Box 17 Folder 5 Maramzin, Vladimir

Box 16 Folder 6 Tarkhanov, M. M.

Box 16 Folder 7 Troshin, N. S.

Box 16 Folder 1 Tsvetaeva, Marina

Box 17 Folder 3-4 Various Soviet Artists

Various: research materials, lists, exhibits materials, publications by various authors, trips etc.

Box 18 Folder 5 Conferences and articles

Box 16 Folder 11 Great Utopia Exhibition correspondence and loans

Box 17 Folder 10 "Izo-Iskusstvo v massovykh prazdnestvakh i demonstratsiiakh by Gushchin, A. S., 1931 (copy)

Box 18 Folder 3 Khodasevich, Valentina (copy of a book)

Box 14 Folder 8-10 List of potential donors and sellers of art

Box 17 Folder 6 Music covers design

Box 18 Folder 2 Publications by Serge Hollerbach, Kseniia Verner

Box 17 Folder 7 Research materials for "Shostakovich: The Man and His Age" conference

Box 14 Folder 11 Research material on Soviet posters

Box 18 Folder 1 "Samodeiatelnoie iskusstvo" by Gushchin A. S. (Copy)

Box 16 Folder 2 Soviet posters

Box 18 Folder 4 Stroganov Institute of Arts

Box 14 Folder 6 Trip to Russia, 1958

Box 18 Folder 6 Various articles and press information

Box 16 Folder 3-5 VKHUTEMAS

Box 17 Folder 8 WWII documents, photos, clippings

Subseries IV.3: Lists of Artists

Box 15 Folder 1-3 Lists of artists

Box 15 Folder 4-5 Lists of artistic groups and societies, 1920-1940

Box 15 Folder 6 Lists of VKHUTEMAS artists

Box 15 Folder 7 Various lists

Subseries IV.4: Bio-Biblio Notes on Russian and Soviet Artists

Box 18 Folder 7-9 A-G

Box 19 Folder 1-9 J-Z

Box 19 Folder 10 Various (short biographies)

Series V: Photographs and Documents

Box 20 Folder 1 Photographs and documents

Box 20 Folder 2 Photographs, notes and notecards

Box 20 Folder 3-4 Photographs

Box 20 Folder 5 Copies of photographs of various art projects (Malevich, Drekin, Udal'tsova, etc.)

Box 20 Folder 5 Historical documents and memorabilia

Series VI: Various: Manuscripts and Printed Materials

Box 20 Folder 7 Pages from a book collector's diary: notes on VKHUTEMAS and Lentulov. Manuscript "The Art of Space" by David Kakabadze

Box 20 Folder 8 Articles about Kholodkov

Box 20 Folder 9 Brochures, invitations, leaflets, playbills, business cards, labels

Box 20 Folder 10 Clippings

Box 20 Folder 11 Postcards