White Swan
Timur Novikov

WHITE SWAN
TIMUR NOVIKOV

2012

The King Ludwig II of Bavaria (1995) series juxtapose portraits of King Ludwig II, Richard Wagner, and Piotr Tchaikovksy on rich ornamental gift wrapping paper. His iconic tapestries, such as The Swan (1994), and The King Ludwig II (2002)(one of his final works, made when he was blind) present a series of collages, the contemporary art medium of which Novikov was a powerful devotee.

Timur Novikov, who died in 2002, aged 44, was the originator of the St Petersburg’s post-Soviet avant-garde and an iconic figure of the final decades of the 20th Century. Tall, charismatic and outstandingly handsome, Novikov achieved greatness through unorthodox channels, working with a succession of major cultural groupings in St Petersburg and, from the late 1980s, making important contacts with western artists.

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