Dasha Zhukova

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Dasha Zhukova
Born Darya Alexandrovna Zhukova
(1981-06-08) 8 June 1981 (age 34)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Russian
Occupation Founder of Garage Musuem of Contemporary Art, Editor-in-chief of Garage Magazine
Parent(s) Alexander Radkin Zhukov (father)
Elena Zhukova (mother)
Labels Kova & T.

Darya "Dasha" Alexandrovna Zhukova (Russian: Дарья Александровна Жукова; born 8 June 1981) is a Russian-born businesswoman, art collector, magazine editor, and founder of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. She is married to Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich.

Early life[edit]

Zhukova was born in Moscow in 1981. Her father is Alexander Radkin Zhukov, an oil trader. Her mother is Yelena Zhukova, a Russian scientist who is now retired from University of California, Los Angeles, where she taught molecular biology. Her parents split when Dasha was 3.[1][2] At the age of 10 she moved with her mother to the United States. Her mother is Jewish and her father is Christian; she says she identifies more with her mother's religion.[3] She lived in Houston, Texas in the early 1990s and grew up in Los Angeles, California. Zhukova attended a Jewish day-school in California.[3] She attended Pacific Hills School and graduated in 1999. She graduated with honours from the University of California, Santa Barbara with degrees in Slavic Studies and Literature. After becoming involved with Roman Abramovich, she returned to Moscow and later moved to London, where she entered London’s College of Naturopathic Medicine. She did not complete the programme.[2][4][5]


Zhukova co-founded the fashion label Kova & T in 2006, and she also sits on the board of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), an organization she has given generously to.[1][4]

In 2008, Ms Zhukova founded the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, a nonprofit organization supporting the advancement of contemporary art and culture in Russia and abroad. In 2012, the Center launched the first comprehensive art-education program and public archive of Russian art in the country. In 2014, the institution changed its name to Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and, the following year, moved to its first permanent home, in Gorky Park. The building, designed by Rem Koolhaas, is a groundbreaking preservation project that has transformed a 1968 Soviet Modernist restaurant into a radical space for exhibitions, publishing, research, and education.[6]

Ms Zhukova is the creative director of New Holland Island in St Petersburg, overseeing the commercial and architectural development of the eight-acre island in the heart of the city. The island was created by Peter the Great and has lain vacant for almost 300 years. Known now as “art island”, the development will include cultural spaces, as well as commercial and residential property.

In February 2009, Zhukova was appointed editor-in-chief of the fashion magazine Pop. Many in the industry saw her as an unlikely replacement for launch editor Katie Grand.[1] The experiment lasted three issues, and she resigned from that position in November 2010.[7][8]

In addition, Ms Zhukova is the editor in chief of Garage Magazine, a biannual print publication that focuses on the collaboration between contemporary art and fashion. She also sits on the board of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and is a founding member of the Culture Shed in New York.

In 2011, GARAGE Magazine was launched by Ms. Zhukova, who serves as the editor-in-chief.The magazine took its name and spirit from Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow - the groundbreaking international art institution Zhukova founded in 2008.

Since its inception, GARAGE Magazine has worked with many of the world's most celebrated creators, and initiated an array of global artistic dialogues. Amongst the magazine's contributors, it includes artists: Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Nick Knight, Marc Jacobs, Richard Prince, John Baldessari, Inez & Vinoodh and Patrick Demarchelier.[5][4]


The Wall Street Journal has referenced Zhukova's "burgeoning arts empire".[1]

Personal life[edit]

Her partner is Roman Abramovich, a Russian oligarch and the main owner of the private investment company Millhouse LLC. The couple have two children.[11]

Chair photograph[edit]

In 2014, a photograph of Zhukova sitting on a chair designed as a mannequin of a black woman was featured on Buro 24/7, an online fashion publication. The photograph was widely criticized as racist. Buro 24/7 promptly cropped the chair out of the photo and Zhukova apologised, describing the chair as artwork and as "commentary on gender and racial politics". Zhukova added, "I utterly abhor racism and would like to apologise to those offended by my participation in this shoot".[12][13][14]


  1. ^ a b c d Helmore, Edward (26 May 2011). "Dasha, Dasha, Dasha". Wall Street Journal. 
  2. ^ a b "Dasha Zhukova". Vogue. 
  3. ^ a b Sawyer, Miranda (4 October 2009). "Dasha Zhukova: From It Girl to Art Girl". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Silva, Horacio (25 February 2010). "Red Hottie". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ Blasberg, Derek (13 August 2012). "Dasha Zhukova: Queen of the Art Scene". Harpers Bazaar. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Miller, M.H. (6 September 2011). "Dasha Zhukova Finally Opens the Door to Her Garage". New York Observer. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  7. ^ Odell, Amy (11 October 2010) Dasha Zhukova Is Leaving Pop – The Cut. Nymag.com. Retrieved on 17 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Dasha Zhukova quits Pop magazine". New York Post (11 November 2010). Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  9. ^ Cutruzzula, Kara (19 March 2012). "Garage Magazine’s Very Modern Nursery-Rhyme Cover". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  10. ^ Blasberg, Derek (13 August 2012). "Dasha Zhukova: Queen of the Art Scene". Harpers Bazaar. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  11. ^ Miami Newsday: "Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich celebrates birth of his seventh child, his second with model Daria Zhukova" 14 April 2013
  12. ^ CHAN, STEPHANIE. "RUSSIAN FASHION EDITOR SITS ON A BLACK PERSON POSING AS A CHAIR; APOLOGIZES" (21 January 2014). The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  13. ^ Wilson, Julee (20 January 2014). "Garage Magazine Editor-In-Chief Dasha Zhukova Sits On A 'Black Woman' Chair In Shocking Editorial". Huffington Post. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  14. ^ Saul, Heather (21 January 2014). "Editor apologises after Dasha Zhukova 'black woman mannequin' chair sparks racism row". The Independent. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 

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