LUNCH WITH BAIBAKOVA
by Simon Todd
A last-minute offer of lunch with Maria Baibakova, the 23-year-old proprietor of the new Red October Chocolate Factory art space in Moscow, is an easy invitation to accept. Arriving in London after continuous travel from New York to Venice to Basel to Zurich to Moscow, Maria is a beacon of energy. Over fish and Chablis at the Brown’s Hotel in the heart of the Westend on a bright morning in June, she graciously held forth on a variety of topics involving contemporary art in Moscow.