United Ambassadors of Art
That is the title of an unusual IWC event held on the 17th, March at the Winzawod Centre for Contemporary Art. This art auction in the centre’s White Hall attracted over 200 guests, mostly ex-pats and diplomats. The evening began with cocktails, snacks and networking. Then, at last, came what everybody had been waiting for: an auction with two lots of canvases painted by Ambassadors. Lot One was by the Ambassadors of Belgium, Head of The European Union, France, Greece, Mexico and South Africa. His Excellency Alfredo Perez Bravo, the Ambassador of Mexico commented on his participation: “When I was first asked to paint something, I had no idea what to actually paint. But when I finished my part, my wife told me: ‘I like it!’” The picture remained unfinished, although it was sold quickly for 50,000 roubles. The complicated and intricated work of moving all the artwork for this exhibition was handled with a lot of TLC by Crown Relocations’ Fine Art Division.
The second lot reflected collaboration between Ambassadors of Algeria, Montenegro, Spain, Sweden and Uruguay. This picture was bought by another Russian for 78,000 roubles. Separate exhibitions by IWC artists, such as Marina Al- Shukor, Sofia Antipova, Jean-Yves Coulot, Davina Garrido de Miguel and some others were on display.
Commented Julieta Cervantes, IWC co-President and spouse of the Ambassador of Mexico who wound up the evening: “Thank you to all the contributors to this wonderful project: IWC artists, the WINZAVOD Centre and the Ambassadors for sharing not only their talent and passion for art but their friendship and goodwill.