In Moscow, they are holding an exhibit of Gunter Sachs’s photography and art collection because the heir to a German industrial fortune embodies the jet set aesthetic. So The Moscow Times tells us:
A bobsleigh champion in his youth, he became a renowned photographer, documentary filmmaker and art collector who introduced Andy Warhol to Europe and discovered Claudia Schiffer. Sachs was among the first to promote pop art and surrealism in Europe as president of the Museum of Modern Art in Munich. With personal contacts with artists like Cesar, Salvador Dali, Alan Jones, Andy Warhol, Jean Fautrier, he contributed greatly to the popularization of modern art.
“Like few others, Gunter Sachs has followed and influenced the development of modern art over the past 50 years,” said Yosef Kiblitsky, curator of the exhibition. Much of the space at Tsaritsyno is full of images of beautiful, and often naked, women — such as one of a woman with blue paint hovering above her nude body — in celebration of female sensuality. [ . . . ] As important a theme as women at the exhibition is pop art and the life that Sachs and those around him led in the 1960s and 1970s. Part of the Palace Hotel St. Mortiz, where artists Tom Wesselman, Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein created a legendary pop art apartment in 1969, is recreated with original design pieces and photos. An entire room is dedicated to Warhol and his works, including one painting of Bardot that the artist made for Sachs, who was at the time married to the French actress.
Sachs has held exhibitions in Russia before, but the collection currently on display in Tsaritsyno has only ever been seen once before in Leipzig, Germany, last year where it drew record numbers.
Pop Art, Glamour at Gunter Sachs Show (The Moscow Times)