Businessman, Collector And Lawyer - About His Hobbies And Interests

Businessman, Collector And Lawyer - About His Hobbies And Interests
Businessman, Collector And Lawyer - About His Hobbies And Interests

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Anton Dolotin, head of the Russian representative office of Azimut Yachts

I got into cycling about seven years ago when I was thinking about my health. I started by running, but it turned out to be traumatic, so I got on the bike. At first, these were walks in the Moscow region, then, when the children went to study in London, I began to come to them and it was there that I tried it for the first time, and as a result I became seriously interested in road cycling.

I drive about 12-15 thousand km a year. If we talk about my achievements, the main thing is that I have no problems with pressure, as it was 10 years ago. And with health, in general.

Before the pandemic, my friends and I went to a training camp once every three months. To Mallorca, France or Italy. In Moscow, we ride either on Rublevo-Uspenskoe highway, or in Krylatskoye.

There is a charity bike ride London - Monaco, in which I have already participated five times. It is a pity that this year it was canceled. Ride the TrasAlp tour three times - a challenging seven-day amateur cycling race. Start from Innsbruck, through all the Alps, 100-150 km per day and climb about 3 thousand meters per day. I have already signed up for 2021.

The world has seen a colossal breakthrough thanks to the international online platform Zwift. Now all of us who are forced to train five to six days a week have bicycle rooms at home, where we train in the virtual space.

Cycling is gaining momentum now. From the latest news - Abramovich began to actively engage in cycling. And I recently met Vlad Bakalchuk, the co-founder of Wildberries, he also turned out to be an ardent cyclist.


Igor Markin,

founder of the ART4 Museum of Contemporary Art, collector

I started collecting in the late 1990s, when I bought "Portrait of a Boy" by Vladimir Yakovlev in the "Murtuz" gallery. By a strange accident, the windows of this gallery overlooked the Khlynovsky impasse, where, twelve years later, I built the first private museum of contemporary art at that time, ART4. The choice of the first work was not accidental: Yakovlev was both then and today the most popular artist of unofficial art.

I collect post-war and contemporary art. And, of course, I support young artists. I try to buy for my collection works of authors whom we exhibit in ART4: now I want to spend money on them, and not “feed” auctions with low starting prices. Initially, I wanted to collect a collection of masterpieces, the best in Russia and in the world, from nonconformists to contemporary contemporary art. Then I moved away from this concept. There were favorites in the meeting: for example, Krasnopevtsev and Weisberg. When we started to actively trade in art in 2015, the collection was divided into two parts. The first is liquid, something that can be sold on the secondary market. It is important that I myself really like these authors. And the second - the works of young artists from Dunya Zakharova to Danila Polyakov.

Almost every week, something is bought and something is sold. We purchase art at auctions all over the world. In Russia we buy works at local auctions, in galleries. Private dealers and collectors show me some works.

The largest stream of our favorite nonconformists can be found at MacDougall's, Sotheby's and Christie's in London. But this stream dries up. All collectors and dealers can see this. Perhaps this is a temporary phenomenon and the keepers of masterpieces are simply waiting for the price increase for these works. I have works from the legendary collections of Kostaki and Igor Markevich, which from time to time appear at Western auctions. Someone, like the AZ Museum, manages to buy whole large pieces of famous collections. I bought Larionov's Portrait of a Woman from Kostaki's collection at MacDougall's.

The most expensive works in my collection today are two large paintings by Erik Bulatov "The Road" and "Mozart". And also - Ilya Kabakov's installation "Memories (on) of the communal kitchen" 1991. I bought it in Paris through a dealer, and when I brought it to Moscow, we asked Kabakov for instructions on how to install it and recreated this very room based on a sketch. Now this information is lost, I hope we can request it again. Although I do not plan to restore this room in the near future. It is disassembled and stored in a warehouse.

Art is a part of my life. If something new appears in the collection, then it will surely come to a “prominent place”. Actually, this is why I built a museum, so that the works would have walls. I keep this principle even now. Otherwise, there is no point in collecting. You can generally forget that you have purchased something for the collection.


Alexander Dobrovinsky, attorney

I started creating my first collection when I was 5 years old, of course, these were stamps. At the moment I have 22 collections (porcelain, posters, paintings, books, and so on). During the study, the museum workers said that I have more than 40 thousand storage units, which is quite a lot for a simple Moscow lawyer.

There are two principles of collecting. The first is with your ears - when you know that what you are looking for is expensive; or have you heard that it is fashionable; or you were advised to buy it. The second principle - with the eyes or with the heart - when one or another thing is initially liked so much that after a while it pleases the eye and brings aesthetic and emotional satisfaction. I've always collected this way. Initially, I liked it, but then it became fashionable, popular and expensive. But I collect only the 20th century, because I am a child of the 20th century, I have lived in it for almost half a century, and I am very interested in it. Too many important events happened in my life at this time, and how many interesting things happened in the world!

How often is my collection updated? It all depends on how often I come across something new and close to my heart. Such specimens are difficult to find, especially if they are masterpieces. About once a month comes across some good thing. One of the latest hobbies is books, so they are easier to find.

The most valuable specimens are always the last ones. It's like a mistress - the last always beloved. There are, of course, such units that were found a long time ago, and during this time have grown in price, but this does not mean that for me some are getting better and others worse.>

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