Timur Novikov, Russian (1958 - 2002)

Was born on September 24, 1958 in Leningrad.

From 1965 studied drawing in the circle of The House Of Pioneers of The Dzerzhinskiy District of Leningrad.

In 1973 entered The Club Of Young Art Critics at The State Russian Museum.

In 1977 became a member of the "Letopis'" ("Chronicle") artistic group.
In 1978 began to organize underground exhibitions.

In 1980-82 worked at The State Russian Museum.

In 1980 got acquainted with Mariya Alexandrovna Spendiarova, a follower of M. Larionov, who influenced him strongly and helped him in his artistic education.

In 1982 formed the "New Artists" group which was orientated towards folk traditions and M. Larionov's theories. The members of this group were O. Kotel'nikov, Ye. Kozlov, S. Bugayev-Africa, V. Ovchinnikov, K. Khazanovich, V. Gutsevich, I. Savchenkov, V. Tsoy, G. Guryanov, A. Krisanov.

In 1982 organized in his flat the constantly working gallery "ASSA" which existed until 1987.

In 1983 organized the "New Composers" avant-gardist music group, from the same year started to collaborate with S. Kuryokhin's "Popular Mechanics" orchestra, and also worked with the "Kino" ("Cinema") group as the artist-designer of concerts.

In 1984 founded "New Theatre", staged a number of plays: "The Ballet Of The Three Inseparables", "Anna Karenina", "The Idiot", "The Shooting Skier", - in which he combined the aesthetics of "New Artists" with alternative fashion.

In 1985 founded The New Academy of All Kinds of Arts.

In 1987 took part in the work at the film "АSSА" by the director S. Solovyov as artist and actor. The film "АSSА" was awarded the first "Nika" Prize in the history of Russian cinema for its design.

From 1988 started travelling with exhibitions through various countries where he continued his artistic education. Listened to lectures by John Cage, Daniel Buren, Hans Haake. In 1990-91 studied at a special course with Pontuce Hulten at The Paris Institute For Studying Plastic Arts.

In 1989 together with Yu. Lesnik and V. Mamyshev organized "The Pirate Television". Wrote screenplays, engaged in film direction, acted, and created the design of video films.

In 1989 started to take an activepart in organizing rave movement, designed rave parties, including the famous Gagarin-Party in Moscow in 1991.

In 1989 founded The New Academy of Fine Arts which should preserve classical traditions in contemporary art. With this aim The Academy conducts exhibitional and educational activity. Professors O. Maslov, V. Kuznetsov, G. Guryanov, O. Tobreluts, B. Matveyeva, D. Yegel'skiy, Ye. Ostrov, A. Medvedev and a number of talented students from Russia, Austria, Germany and France take part in The Academy's work.

In 1993 The St Petersburg Museum of The New Academy of Fine Arts in Pushkinskaya, 10 was opened. Exhibitions by the professors and students of The Academy as well as by many outstanding artists (Karl Lagerfeld, Gianni Versace, Bruce Weber, Richard Avedon, Pierre et Gilles, Alexander Ivanov, Raphael Santi, Mariya Sinyakova-Urechina, Tsi - Bai - Shi, Fyodor Tolstoy, Moisey Nappelbaum and many others) were held there. The New Academy conducts broad exhibitional activity in other museums of Russia and abroad.

In 1997 The New Academy opened studying classes at The State Russian Museum in Mikhaylovskiy Castle.

In 1997 Novikov took an active part in the organizing of "The European Society of Preserving Classical Aesthetics". A. Nebol'sin, A. Zaytsev, Yu. Strausova, Ye. Sheff and many others took part in The Society's work.

From 1998 together with A. Khlobystin issues the newspaper "The Artistic Will".

In 1998 The State Russian Museum issues the book of T. Novikov's theoretical essays "The New Russian Classicism".

From 1999 Novikov in collaboration with A. Medvedev works at the books "The Stealing of Europe", volumes I and II, "The Stealing of Reason".

In 2000 issues the book "Horizons" with his own lectures given in The Leningrad Free University in 1989, devoted to the problems of perspective, and the book "Intercontacts" on the history of the international artistic connexions of Leningrad/St Petersburg in the last quarter of the 20th century.

From 2000 gives lectures on the history of art in various educational institutions of St Petersburg, Moscow and Russia.

In 2002 together with A. Medvedev writes the first Russian-language biography of The King Luedwig the Second of Bavaria.

In 2002 opens the first Museum of Contemporary Art in St Petersburg.

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