Maestro behaving badly? Famed conductor seeks to evict a Russian artistNews
A storm has broken out in St Petersburg over the conductor Teodor Currentzis’s attempt to take over the workshop space of one of his neighbours, the painter Valery Gridnev.
Gridnev was given the apartment 20 years ago by the Union of Artists. Currentzis has secured an order from the city council to evict him.
Friends and art lovers are up in arms. The media argue that the space has unique northern light, essential to Gridnev’s work. Gridnev says he was not contacted by Currentzis ot the city before being served with an eviction order.
Here’s a post by the graphic artist Zinaida Kurbatova:
‘The situation is unfair and sad, we ask for help. Famous conductor Teodor Currentzis bought an apartment in a mosaic house on Bolshoya Zelenina, 28. Now the maestro apparently wants to buy out the entire floor. In connection with this, the committee for culture proposes to evacuate the workshop of my friend, a wonderful artist-painter Valery Gridnev, which is located on this floor. The city administration asks to help Currentzis get this creative workshop (document attached). It’s an empty room… Valery received this workshop from the Union of Artists 20 years ago, invested much money in the renovation. Valery is a man of not very good health, having survived several heart surgeries.’