Valentin Dyakonov

Born in 1980. Graduated from the Russian State University of Humanities with a degree in Cultural Studies. His PhD dissertation is devoted to official and underground art of the Thaw period.

Since 1998, contributes to specialized art editions (New Art World, ArtChronika, ArtGuide). Since 2009, is cultural observer at Kommersant newspaper.

In 2006, together with MosKultProg (Moscow Cultural Walks) organized a guided tour of the cradle of Russian underground art – Lianozovo district.
In 2010, in partnership with Kandower Stiftung (Stuttgart) organized Great Encounters, an exhibition of Prospekt Slavy creative association, at XL Gallery, Moscow.
In 2012, inaugurated ‘the largest ready-made in the world’ (a.k.a. Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts at Voevodina Street) as part of the 2nd Industrial Biennale in Ekaterinburg.
The same year, curated the project Common Cause Philosophy – 20th-century art at Perm State Gallery of Arts.

Raises the population of kitties in the web via his blog greatbuildingsandgiantcats.tumblr.com.
 

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