The Art for Booze event in St Petersburg will take place on 13 February, the day before Valentine's Day....Anyone attending can leave their cash at home and take along a bottle of wine, or something stronger. "Do you understand alcohol better than art?" the page reads. "Do you spend more money on drinking than our pieces cost? Drop this and exchange precious drinks for priceless paintings." The event is strictly for over 18s, the legal age for buying alcohol in Russia.
Organisers say they're reviving a practice that was common during the 1920s and 1930s. "All well-known painters from Picasso to Ilya Kabakov did this," ...During the heyday of Joe Stalin, that is.
"Marc Chagall and Salvador Dali, among others, designed the label for Mouton-Rothschild bottles in exchange for a crate of wine."To avoid income taxes?