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Daria Zhukova entered the top 100 influential people in contemporary art


ArtReview magazine published its annual ranking of the most influential people in contemporary art. Of the Russians, only the founder of the Garage Museum, Daria Zhukova, entered it. Swiss art dealers Ivan and Manuela Wirth topped the list.

The founder of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Daria Zhukova, ranked 97th in the ArtReview rating. “In a city where there are very few institutions dealing with contemporary art, Zhukova has the opportunity to make a difference. She got off to the right start,” notes ArtReview.

The main achievement of Zhukova this year, the authoritative publication considered the fact that the Garage moved to the Four Seasons pavilion in Gorky Park, reconstructed according to the design of the famous architect Rem Koolhaas. ArtReview noted the creation of a scientific department at Garage dedicated to the study of contemporary Russian art, and exhibitions of famous foreign artists and photographers, such as Yayoi Kusama and Taryn Simon.

Daria Zhukova, the wife of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, has already featured in the ArtReview rankings in 2011-2013. In addition to her, businessman and philanthropist Leonid Mikhelson got into the top 100 among the Russians. In 2011, the publication wrote about the VAC Foundation, which he established, which supports young artists and popularizes Russian art in the world. In 2012, members of the punk band Pussy Riot were included in the list and ranked 57th. The publication mentioned their punk prayer in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and noted that this action caused controversy around the world about freedom of expression. And in 2002, Mikhail Shvydkoi, at that time the Minister of Culture of Russia, appeared in the rating. Ivan and Manuela Wirth

This year's top 100 was topped by Swiss art dealers Ivan and Manuela Wirth, creators of the Hauser & Wirth galleries, which The Financial Times once called a "marketplace of ideas." Galleries operate in Zurich, London, New York.

The second place in the list was taken by the Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei. The publication noted his performances, such as walking around London with artist Anish Kapoor to draw attention to refugee issues. Dissident artist Ai Weiwei

Among others, the rating included, in particular, the Serbian artist Marina Abramovic, who became famous for her memorable performances, and the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, whose exhibition was recently a success at the Garage. Artist Marina Abramovic Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama

The contemporary art magazine ArtReview was founded in 1949 and is considered one of the most respected publications in this field. It is distributed in 28 countries around the world. He has been ranking the most influential people in the art world since 2002.

Earlier this year, Zhukova was included in another prestigious ranking - Business of Fashion magazine included her among the 500 most influential people in the fashion world. Along with her, 13 other Russians appeared on this list.

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