The drawings in question are Landscape, Caucasus (1916) and Memories of the Caucasus (1916). The works were put up for sale at the Tefaf 2016 by the London art dealers James Butterwick. The acquisition for a total of € 210,000 was made possible by the participants of the BankGiro Lottery. The museum regards the works by Bogomazov as an important supplement to those of the Italian futurists in the collection; Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni and Gino Severini. The drawings are on display as part of the collection presentation, together with four previously acquired drawings by Bogomazov: Tramway, L’vovskaya Ulitsa, Kiev (1914), Forest, Boyarka (1915), Locomotive (1915) and Kreshchatik (1914).
Bogomazov was among the Russian avant-garde. He studied with Alexander Archipenko and Alexandra Exter and exhibited with Natalia Goncharova and Mikhail Larionov. Like many artists of his generation, he worked in many different styles consecutively, such as symbolism, pointillism and fauvism. His work from the period between 1913 and 1916 is purely futurist and coincides with the heyday of Italian futurism, with which Bogomazov was familiar via publications.
Despite the originality and high quality of his work, Bogomazov remains largely unknown compared to his colleagues from the Russian avant-garde. His works only appeared outside Kiev in 1973, when several were included in the exhibition Tatlin’s Dream at Fischer Fine Art in London. A retrospective of his work took place in 1991 at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Toulouse.