Timur Novikov, (1958- 2002) 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. Novikov founded two art groups — the Novie Khudozhniki (New Artists’ Group) in 1982 and the Novaya Akademia (New Academy) in 1989, the simultaneously experimental and retrograde group, which dominated the artistic life of his native St. Petersburg. In 1991, he had his first solo exhibition at Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York. There, he became familiar with the East Village art scene and met leading vanguard artists, such as Robert Raushenberg and John Cage, who he referred to as teachers. He also befriended the late Keith Haring, his exact contemporary, and became a committed member of the international avant-garde.

By the late 1990s, Novikov had already formulated his contradictory cultural philosophy. He was both a defender of St Petersburg’s classical culture and a champion of modern advertising, which he believed was the last refuge of what was obviously beautiful. The founding image of the New Academy movement, Apollo Trampling on the Black Square (1990) encapsulates the conflict between the spiritual essence of art (the god Apollo) and the quintessence of the avant-garde (Kazimir Malevich’s canonical 1915 painting, Black Square). In 1997, Novikov lost his sight but continued developed his artistic theories and created new art work for the last seven years of his life.

Timur Novikov has exhibited internationally at major exhibitions and institutions, of which include the Tate Liverpool (1989), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1993), Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf (1993), World Financial Centre in New York (1997), State Russian Museum, St Petersburg (1998), The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (2009), Manifesta 10, St. Petersburg, The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (2014).

Select Collections:

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Schwules Museum, Berlin; The Museum of Modern Art, Vienna, Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The F.R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis; and the Zimmerly Museum, Rutgers University. 

Personal exhibitions

2018

Timur Novikov. Swan. Museum of New Academy of Fine Arts. St.Petersburg

Timur Novikov. To the 60th birthday. Marble Palace. The State Russian Museum. St. Petersburg

Timur Novikov. In Search Of Lost Time. Museum of New Academy of Fine Arts. St.Petersburg

Timur Novikov. In Timur’s Gardens. Kuryokhin Center. St.-Petersburg

2016

Timur Novikov & Joseph Brodsky. Horizons. White Space Gallery. London, 2016 Cat.

2015

Timur Novikov. Research Museum of Russian Academy of Art. Mask Department. Saint-Petersburg.

2013

Timur Novikov. Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art. Moscow
Timur Novikov. Ikon Gallery. Birmingham. UK February, 13 – April, 21 2013

2012

Timur Novikov. “The Horizons”. ArtMost. London. March, 28

2011

Timur Novikov. “1980”. The State Fine Art Museum of Altai. Barnaul. October, 14 – November, 7
Timur Novikov. Retrospective. The Museum Center of Contemporary Art in Krasnoyarsk. Krasnoyarsk. April, 16 – September, 1
Timur Novikov. White Swan: King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Exhibition Space of the German Embassy. London. April, 8 – 19
Timur Novikov. From the collection of the Museum of New Academy of Fine Arts

2010

“Lost Ideals Of The Happy Childhood”. The Museum of New Academy of Fine Arts. Saint-Petersburg.

“The Selected Drawings 1970-1980s”. Green Art Gallery. Perm.

2009

“The Happiness In The Gardens”. The Museum of New Academy of Fine Arts. Saint-Petersburg.

2008

“Timur Novikov’s Territory”. The State Hermitage Museum. Saint-Petersburg.

“Sun. The History of One Masterpiece”. The Museum of New Academy of Fine Arts. Saint-Petersburg.

“Timur Novikov”. Museum of Actual Art Art4.ru. Moscow.

“Russian Saints”. The Museum of New Academy of Fine Arts. Saint-Petersburg.

2007

“The Decorative Panels From The Collection Of The Museum Of New Academy”. The Museum of New Academy of Fine Arts. Saint-Petersburg.

2006

“The Drawings On The Rice Paper”. The Museum of New Academy of Fine Arts. Saint-Petersburg.

2005

“New Russian Saints”. White Space Gallery. London, UK.

“The Silkscreens”. The Museum of New Academy of Fine Arts. Saint-Petersburg.

2004

“In The Land Of Literary Heroes”. The Museum of New Academy of Fine Arts. Saint-Petersburg.

“Timur Novikov”. Museum of Contemporary Art. Bornholm, Denmark.

2003

“The Image Of The City”. The Museum of New Academy of Fine Arts. Saint-Petersburg.

“The Adventures Of Oscar Wild”. The Museum of New Academy of Fine Arts. Saint-Petersburg.

2002

“Horizons”. State Picture Gallery. Kaliningrad. 
”Euro-China”. Aidan Gallery. Moscow.
”Palladio’s Flight”. Museum of Architecture. Moscow.

“Seafaring and Auronautics”. D-137 Gallery. Saint-Petersburg.

“In the Memory of Timur Novikov”. State Russian Museum. Saint-Petersburg.

“Cameos”. Museum of the New Academy of Fine Arts. Saint-Petersburg.

“Russian Saints”. Saint Gillis prison of Brussels. Brussels, Belgium.

2001

“Horizons”. Aidan Gallery. Moscow.

“Horizons”. Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Karelia. Karelia.

“Retrospective”. Tula Art Museum. Tula.

“Open Studio”. Museum of the New Academy of Fine Arts. Saint-Petersburg.

“Euro-China”. Museum of the New Academy of Fine Arts. Saint-Petersburg.

2000

“Lost Ideals Of The Happy Childhood”. Aidan Gallery. Moscow.

“Lost Ideals of The Happy Childhood”. Museum of the New Academy of Fine Arts. Saint-Petersburg.

“Holy Martyrs”. Museum of the New Academy of Fine Arts. Saint-Petersburg.

“Retrospective”. Tver Oblast Picture Gallery. Tver.

“Retrospective”. State Oblast Art Museum named after I.P. Pozhalostin. Ryazan.

“Sunset Of German Romanticism”. Terpsichore Gallery. Saint-Petersburg.

“Horizons”. Naviculas Artis. Saint-Petersburg.

“Russian Saints”. Central main prison. Leuven, Belgium.

“Russian Saints”. Leuven Hulpgevangenis prison. Leuven, Belgium.

1999

“Tsarina Of The Sky”. Aidan Gallery. Moscow.

“Tsarina Of The Sky”. Museum of the New Academy of Fine Arts. Saint-Petersburg.

“Madonna”. Art-Kiosk Gallery. Brussels, Belgium.

1998

“Ludwig The Second and “Swan Lake”. Navicula Artis Exhibition Hall. Saint-Petersburg.

“Russian Emperors”. Aidan Gallery. Moscow.

“Small Secrets Of History”. Photographs. Centre of Photographic Art. Saint-Petersburg.

“History’s Riddles”. Hyroholograms. State Centre of Modern Art. Saint-Petersburg.

“Retrospective. 1978-1998”. State Russian Museum, Marble Palace. Saint-Petersburg.

“Russians Saints”. I-20 Gallery. New York, USA.

“Timur Novikov, Andrej Barow: Abend mit Oscar Wild”. Lichtblick Gallerie. Koln, Germany.

1997

Untitled Exhibition. World Financial Center. New York, USA.

Untitled Exhibition. Gallery Art Kiosk. Brussels, Belgium.

1996

“Ludwig The Second Bavarian and P.I. Tschaikovsky’s “Swan Lake”. XL Gallery. Moscow.

“Timur Novikov. Serigraphies”. G. Soros Modern Art Centre. Saint-Petersburg.

1995

“Timur Novikov. Architecture in the German Empire”. Museum of the New Academy of Fine Arts. Saint-Petersburg.

“Swan Song Of German Romanticism”. Aidan Gallery. Moscow.

1994

“Tapestries”. Museum of the New Academy of Fine Arts. Saint-Petersburg.

“In The Land Of Literary Heroes”. All-Union Museum named after A.S. Pushkin, N.A. Nekrasov’s Memorial House. Saint-Petersburg.

“Timur Novikov”. “Dekorativnoye iskusstvo” (Decorative Art) magazine building. Moscow.

“Swan Song Of German Romanticism”. Kunstlerhaus Bethanien. Berlin, Germany.

1993

“Swan Lake”. Museum of City Sculpture. Saint-Petersburg.

“The West-East Divan”. Arabic Reception-Room Appointments, Nikolayevskiy Palace, Navicula Artis Gallery. Saint-Petersburg.

“Timur Novikov”. Stedelijk museum. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

“Russian Resurgence: Recent Works by Timur Novikov”. Frederic R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University. Malibu, California, USA.

“Oscar Wilde’s Adventures”. Paul Judelson Arts. New York, USA.

“Timur Novikov”. Espace Montjoie. Paris, France.

“Timur Novikov”. Kunsthalle. Dusseldorf. Dusseldorf, Germany.

“Timur Novikov”. Griffelkunst. Hamburg, Germany.

1992

“Timur Novikov. Apologia of Beauty”. Gallery 1.0. Moscow.

“Duets”. Moscow Institute of Architecture. Moscow.

“Timur Novikov”. Museum of Ethnography. Saint-Petersburg.

“Russian Resurgence: Recent Works by Timur Novikov”. Centre for the Fine Arts. Miami, Florida, USA.

1991

“Timur Novikov”. Gagarin Party. “Cosmos” Pavilion. VDNH (Exhibition of National Economic Achievement). Moscow.

“Timur Novikov. Interferenzen”. Musee D’Art Moderne Vienne, Palais Lieshtenstein. Vienne, Austria.
”Timur Novikov”. Raab Gallery. Berlin, Germany.

“Timur Novikov”. Phyllis Kind Gallery. New York, USA.

1989

“Timur Novikov and Afrika”. Tate Gallery. Liverpool, UK; Raab Gallery, London, UK.

“Timur Novikov”. Turun Linna ja Historiallienen Museo. Turku, Finlande.

1986

Untitled Exhibition. ASSA Gallery. Leningrad.

1985

Untitled Exhibition. Theatre of Club 81. Leningrad.

1983

Untitled Exhibition. Library of the USSR Academy of Sciences. Leningrad.