Since its inception in 2011, RUSSIAN ART + CULTURE has become the most popular and comprehensive international guide to the world of Russian art and culture.
Owned by art collector and professional Natasha Butterwick RUSSIAN ART + CULTURE features listings of the best selected events all over the world, exclusive interviews with the world renown professionals of the Russian cultural scene, reviews of the latest books, exhibitions and performances, research articles and opinion pieces, and the latest reports on the art market.
Throughout the year we host seminars, lectures, film screenings, conferences and organise private art tours. In 2014 we published the UK-Russia Year of Culture magazine and, in 2015, commissioned the first-ever in-depth analysis of the Russian Auction Market – an invaluable and much-quoted source of reference for art professionals.
RUSSIAN ART + CULTURE has regularly featured in The Times, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, The Art Newspaper, Huffington Post, Blouin ArtInfo, The Moscow Times and RIA Novosti – and on the BBC.
RUSSIAN ART + CULTURE is the founder of the RUSSIAN ART WEEK in London – an exclusive network uniting the leading auctions of Russian Art at Sotheby’s, Christies, MacDougalls and Bonhams with the coinciding Russian-themed exhibitions and cultural events.
We publish a comprehensive bi-annual OFFICIAL RUSSIAN ART WEEK GUIDE, coinciding with the June and November auctions of Russian Art at Sotheby’s, Christie’s, MacDougall’s and Bonhams. The Guide is available across London at locations from the Courtauld Institute, via the Saatchi Gallery to the Russian Embassy, to leading auction houses, business centres, restaurants and hotels, including The Dorchester, Claridge’s and The Ritz providing an insight into the most important events and topics.
Natasha Butterwick, owner and director
Natasha has over 20 years’ experience in the art world in Russia and the UK. After receiving degrees from the Moscow State Institute of Economics and Statistics and Christies Education Fine and Decorative Art Department, London, Natasha established a fine art business in dealing in Applied Arts and Russian Art of 19th and 20th centuries. She is an avid art collector and is passionate about music, dance and literature.
Katya Belyaeva, operations
Katya runs Russian Art + Culture on day-to-day activities and is responsible for its operational and market development. She holds an MA in Economics from Moscow Finance University and an MA in Art History from Christie’s Education. After building a career in the financial sector Katya has worked in a number of London-based galleries, run several businesses in the arts sector in Russia and the UK.
Marina Maximova, editor
Marina Maximova is a doctoral researcher in Russian art and culture at Loughborough University where she works on the history of Soviet exhibitions. She holds a degree in International Relations from the Moscow Financial University, BA(Hons) in Criticism Communication and Curation from the Central Saint Martins College and MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths College. Marina worked in Tate Modern, Christie’s (Russian Art Department), and Gazelli Art House and currently is a teaching associate in Loughborough University.
Simon Hewitt, international editor
Simon Hewitt read History of Art at Oxford University. He has over 25 years of experience as an art critic and art market journalist and has been reporting on Russian art and culture since 2004 His writing is featured in the leading Russian, UK and USA press Art + Auction, The Art Newspaper, Antiques Trade Gazette, The Huffington Post, DEI Desillusionist, Vedomosti and the Russian editions of Robb Report and ELLE De Luxe. He visits Russia regualrly and explored the country from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok.
Irene Kukota, special projects
Irene holds an MA degree from the University of Oxford where she focussed on Syria and Byzantium in Late Antiquity, and MA in Fine and Decorative Arts from Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Irene taught Russian and Russian philosophy at Oxford, lectured at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She also worked as cataloguer, translator and consultant for the Icons and Works of Russian Art Departments at Christie’s and collaborated with the curators at the Royal Collection (Russian art) and the Kremlin Museums. Irene is an author of the numerous articles in English and Russian.