Aleksandr Borovski

Expert 2003

Dr. Borovsky is an art critic, consultant, lecturer and columnist Head of the Contemporary Art Department, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg.

1952  born in Leningrad
1975   graduated from the Repin Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture Faculty of Art History and Theory, Leningrad
1979-1989   Lecturer in the history of artistic advertising and the Russian poster Mukhina Academy of Applied Art, Leningrad
from 1985   Chief Curator of the Contemporary Art and Criticism Department State Russian Museum
from 1989   Head of the Contemporary Art Department, State Russian Museum the first museum institution in Russia set up especially for contemporary art projects, also responsible for acquiring works representing the latest trends in art.


1992   Visiting Fellow, University of Southern California 1995   Arts Administration, New York


1970-80s: Russian graphics Books, catalogs and articles about important figures in Russian-Soviet graphics: Yevgeni Lanceray, 1975, Bronislav Malakhovsky, 1978, Boris Vlasov, 1982, Valentin Kurdov, 1986, Nikita Charuschin, 1987, Yevgenija Magaril, 1986, Vladimir Tambi, 1989

Graphic design Doctoral thesis at Moscow State University: The 100th Anniversary of the Russian Theatrical Poster, initially given as lectures as part of the course on the history and theory of industrial graphics at the Mukhina Art Academy of Applied Art, Leningrad

1990s: Contemporary Western and Russian art, photography and video, the history of the totalitarian art


Curates nearly all the important programs at the State Russian Museum presenting contemporary art, including the The Ludwig Museum at the Russian Museum project – an exhibition of the Ludwig gift – and a series of exhibitions of contemporary Western and Russian art, contextualizing the contemporary art process.

The main exhibitions in which he has participated as curator and author of texts and installation ideas in recent years are: Joseph Beuys; Rupprecht Geiger; Igor Zakharov-Ross; German Neo-Expressionism; paper architecture; Ha Shult actions – Marble Time and War and Peace; The Alternative Museum; American Video Art; the Baar-Gera Collection; Rainer Fetting; Gottfried Helnwein; George Pusenkoff; Pat York; Brian Eno; Forbidden Art; Grisha Bruskin; Silja Rantanen; Lena Liv; Xenia Hausner; Jörg Immendorf; Robert Hausser; Harlami Oroschakoff; and the series Experimental Exhibitions of the Contemporary Art Department.


Emigre Artists as a Problem of Cultural History
In exhibition catalogue: Transit. Russian Artists between the East and West
Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, Eduard Nakhamkin Fine Arts, State Russian Museum, 1989

Invitation to Malevitch
In exhibition catalogue: K. Malevitch
Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, 1989

Art Nouveau Posters
Musey, issue 10, 1990 (Russian)

Leningrad’s Alternative Art Between Past and Future
Moment 16 (Zagreb), Oct-Dec, 1989 (Croatian)

Art in Leningrad
Art Monthly, June, 1990

The Leningrad Experience
In exhibition catalogue: In the USSR and Beyond
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1990

Jonas, 1990, # 2 (Dutch.)

The 25 Stop.
In exhibition catalogue: Joseph Beuys. Inner Mongolia
State Russian Museum & Bild Kunst, Bonn, 1992 (Russian, German)

Beuys in Rusland
Kunst Köln, 1992, # 3-4

B. Dogancay
In exhibition catalogue: B. Dogancay, Walls,, State Russian Museum. NY, 1992 (Russian, English)

The Russian museum. Survey of the Collection
with Evgenia Petrova. St.Petersburg, Ivan Fedorov, 1992

Koordinat System
In: Igor Sacharow-Ross
Prestel Verlag, München, 1993 (Russian, German)

Non-conformist Art in Leningrad
In: Art of the Soviets. Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in One-Party State. 1917-1992
Manchester University Press, 1993

George Pusenkoff
Kunst Köln, 1995, # 1

Conceptual Photography in the Russian Museum
Art Journal, 1994, # 2

The Space After the Quote
In exhibition catalogue: George Pusenkoff. Simply virtual
State Russian Museum & Ursula Blickle Stiftung, 1995

By the Warm Body of Art
In exhibition catalogue: Time Slipping, or The Fruits of Education
Soros Center for Contemporary Art, St. Petersburg, 1996 (English, Russian)

The Art of Michail Aleksandrov
Fertz books, NY, 1994

Die Idee der Farbe
In: Rupprecht Geiger
Cantz, 1994

Silja Rantanen
In exhibition catalogue: Silja
State Russian Museum & Pori Art Museum, 1995 (English, Finnish, Russian)

The Claude and Nina Gruen Collection of Contemporary Russian Art
San Francisco, 1995

The Devotion to Geometry
In exhibition catalogue: Leonid Borisov
State Russian Museum, 1995 (Engl., Russian)

Heros du regime Totalitaire
Paris, 1995

Preface in exhibition catalogue: Silent Screams from the Russian Underground
Council for Creative Projects, NY, 1995

Leningrader Erfahrunger & Y. Kalendarev
In exhibition catalogue: Positionen. St. Petersburger Kunst von 1970 bis heute
Herausgeber K. Becker, B. Straka, Kiel, 1995

V. Voinov
The Bridge over River Styx
St. Petersburg, DEAN, 1994 (Russian, English)

Moscow: The Shestidesiatniki
Neuhoff Gallery, NY, 1995

Fetting and Around
In exhibition catalogue: Rainer Fetting und Zeitgenossen aus der Samlung Martin Sanders
New York, USA, State Russian Museum, Palace Editions, 1995 (Russian, German)

Imago. Another photography
Russian Museum photograph collection, Winter 1995-96

Vladimir Yankilevsky
Neuhoff Gallery, NY, 1996

Ha Schult – der kunsterische provokateur mit den moralischen Standard
In: Ha Schult. Marmorne Zeit, Schmid, 1995

A. Belkin
In exhibition catalogue: A. Belkin. Private Territory
State Russian Museum, 1995

Collecting as a Form of Communication. Baar-Gera’s Collection and Russian Underground
In: Nonconformists. The Second Russian Avant-gard 1955-1988
Baar-Gera’s Collection, Wienand, 1995

The Helnwein Passion
In exhibition catalogue
The State Russian Museum, Ludwig Museum in the Russian Museum. Palace Editions, 1997

Code-name ’Pixel=
In: George Pusenkoff, Simply Virtual
Mannheimer Kunstverein, 1998

Max Penson in Uzbekistan,
History of Photography, Spring 1998 (Vol. 22)

Fortunate Timkov
In: N. E. Timkov
Pushkin Collection, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1998

Lena Liv
In exhibition catalogue: Lena Liv. Things
Tel Aviv Museum of Art & Stadtgalerie im Sofienhof, Kiel & State Russian Museum, Palace Editions, 1998

The Ludwig Donation
In: Ludwig Museum in the Russian Museum
Palace Editions, 1998

Sledopyt (The Pathfinder)
In: Dmitri Plavinsky. In Search of Italy
Mimi Ferzt Gallery, NY, 1998

The Role of the Collector in Contemporary Russian Culture and Russian Art Collections in the West
In exhibition catalogue: Forbidden Art. The Postwar Russian Avant-gard
D.A.P., NY, 1998

Masked, Uncovered, Unmasked. The photographs of Pat York
NY, 1997

Ein Aussenseiter, der die Nase vorn hat…
In exhibition catalogue: Boris Savelev. Momente der Dauer
ifa-Galeraie, Bonn-Berlin, 1999

The Successor to all his Ancestors
In: Harlami G. Oroschakoff. Inhabitants at the Edges of the World: Itinerants and Orientalists
Palace Editions, 1999 (English, Russian)

Sheila Isham. Eternal Wanderings, Eternal Returns
Gregory Gallery, NY, 1999

Lee Sangwoon
Exhibition catalogue
State Russian Museum & Gallery Sang, Seoul, 1999

The Academic Dacha Through The Eyes of Nikolai Timkov
The Pushkin Group, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1999

Ekatherina Savtchenko =Fire= 1998-1999
Exhibition catalogue
Gallery Stendhal, NY, 1999

On the National Pride of Greater Russia
In Olga and Alexander. Florensky=s exhibition catalogue
State Russian Museum, 2000 (English, Russian)

Körper und Metaphysik
In: Xenia Hausner. Kampfzone
Wienand Verlag, 2000
Preface in: Natalia Nesterova: Russian Wanderings IntArt Press, NY, 2000

Sankt Petersburg – die stadt der gegensatze
Iskusstvo 2000. Neue kunst aus Moskau, St. Petersburg und Kiew
Kunstverein Rosenheim, 2001

Robert Hausser. Photography
Exhibition catalogue
The State Russian Museum, Edition Braus, 2000

Closer to Bruskin
In: Grisha Bruskin. Life is Everywhere
Palace Editions, 2001.

Freeze, Die, Revive… Abstract Art in Russia
In: Russian Abstract Art
Palace Editions, 2001

The Picture is Calling
In exhibition catalogue: Jörg Immendorff. All Things Have The Tendency to Change
State Russian Museum, Palace Editions, 2001

The Chain of the Romances – Russian Art of the Last Century
St. Petersburg, Hervi Ed., 2001 (Russian)

Tatyana Zhurkov
Exhibition catalogue
Foundation for International Arts and Education, NY, 2002

Give us New Forms!
In: Vanity Case by Starck
M, Trilistnik, 2002 (Russian)

Preface in: V. and N. Cherkashin. Mirages of Impires
State Russian Museum & The Cherkashin Metropolitan Museum. 2002 (Russian, English)

Serge Essaian
In: Serge Essaian. Peintures, Sculptures, Dessins
Palace Editions, 2002

The Order of Ghiotti
In: Ghiotti. La Montagna e la Macchina
International Service Editore, Torino, 2002

forthcoming The Silhouettes of Contemporary Artists
selected essays
St. Petersburg, Ed. Ivan Limbach(Russian)