Zakhar Kolovsky

About the author

Born in 1956.

1984 Graduates from Leningrad Polytechnic Institute, Control Automation Faculty.

2000 Graduates from Art History faculty of the St.-Petersburg Academy of Arts.

1986 Appointed General Director of St.-Petersburg branch of the A-Ya Society established by the Academy of Sciences and Moscow News office. Among the important institutes of St.-Petersburg art life established under the auspices of A-Ya are the Free Chair of Visual Art (1990), Contemporary Art Research Center (1991), Art Engineers school (1991), Sergei Kurekhin’s Space Research Center (1991), Contemporary Art and Design Center (1991).

1995 Appointed Director of St.-Petersburg branch of the National Centre of Contemporary Art.

1996 exhibition «FLUXUS VIRUS». St.-Petersburg – Moscow.

Projects created in partnership with ARS BALTICA international cultural organization:


• 1998 — Kaliningrad – Koenigsberg, the Fifth International Biennial of Graphics in the Baltic States, Kaliningrad.

• 1998 — Baltic Photography School established in St.-Petersburg with active participation of Z. Kolovsky. The Baltic Photo School is a unique educational structure for young photographers allowing them to learn from the experience of well known international and national masters through a series of lectures and practical seminars.

1996 Becomes Director of the Contemporary Art Project Curators School in St.-Petersburg. One of the many educational programs of the School is Use of Information Systems and Internet Resources for the Preparation and Implementation of Contemporary Art Projects (1999). School graduates take part in a number of outstanding projects including Yellow Movement, the exhibition of Vladimir Zagorov in the State Russian Museum (1997).

2002 Appointed Director of the National Centre of Photography established in St.-Petersburg. Meanwhile, Zakhar Kolovsky continues his art practice.  The artworks by Zakhar Kolovsky are part of the collections of the State Russian Museum and the Latvian National Museum of Art. He considers the most important of his series the following:

2001– 2002 Windows
2002–2003 Electorate
2003–2007 Traces
2005–2007 Naval Architecture
2010 Emergency Ascent

Solo exhibitions

Urban Landscape. Personal exhibition. Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga

  • Exhibition together with Valery Turchin. Academy of Arts, Moscow
  • Personal exhibition. State Art Museum, Nizhny Novgorod

Urban Landscape. A-YA Society, Saint-Petersburg

  • Emergency Ascent. ROSPHOTO. Saint-Petersburg
  • Crossroads and Farewell. Personal exhibition. Latvian National Museum of Art. Riga
  • Naval Architecture. Nivet-Carzon Gallery. Paris
  • Traces. Mimara Museum. Zagreb

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