Ekaterina Semenikhin

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Ekaterina Semenikhin
Ekaterina Semenikhin
Ekaterina Gvishiani

(1971-12-04) December 4, 1971 (age 48)
EducationMoscow State University
  • Co-Founder of the Ekaterina Cultural Foundation
  • Honorary Consul of Russia in Monaco
Spouse(s)Vladimir Semenikhin

Ekaterina Alekseyevna Semenikhin (Russian: Екатерина Алексеевна Семенихина; born December 4, 1971) is a Russian art collector, philanthropist, economist and honorary consul.[1] Semenikhin is the co-founder of the Ekaterina Cultural Foundation and the Honorary Consul of Russia in the Principality of Monaco.[2] Her father is Alexei Gvishiani, a well-known scientist.

Cultural activity[edit]

As of the early 2000s, Semenikhin, with her husband Vladimir Semenikhin, has co-founded a foundation to promote the arts in Russia and has, through it, supported exhibitions at State museums and galleries. The foundation was named The Ekaterina Cultural Foundation.[3] It has conducted international exhibitions such as the Knave of Diamonds avant-gardist exhibition in 2004 in the Tretyakov Gallery and in the Russian Museum in St Petersbourg. In 2005, they have opened the first private exhibition halls in the center of Moscow. Since then, it has hosted venues such as the Grace Kelly exhibition in 2009 .[4] The Semenikhins are also considered as one of Russia's leading art collectors and are believed to have one of the largest private art collections.[5] Semenikhin has encouraged the development of the arts in Russia by hosting exhibitions of Russian painters from the avant-garde movement.[6]

Diplomatic work[edit]

Semenikhin has been, since 13 June 2014, the General Honorary Consul of Russia in the Principality of Monaco. As such she is taking part in the Year of Russia in Monaco in 2015.[7] This includes her involvement in the organization of the official visit of a Russian delegation to Monaco in 2014 and of the Monegasque delegation to Moscow in 2015.[8]

In January 2016, she was awarded the Order of Friendship by Russia for her involvement in the Year of Russia in Monaco.[9]



  1. ^ "Ekaterina Semenikhin Figaro interview".
  2. ^ a b "Ekaterina Semenikhin Consular status".[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Ekaterina Cultural Foundation establishment".
  4. ^ "Ekaterina Cultural Foundation exhibitions".
  5. ^ "Marat Guelman saying Semenikhin is an important art collector". Archived from the original on 30 August 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Semenikhin's interview on perspective on art".
  7. ^ "Semenikhin's involvement in Russian-Monegasque relations". Archived from the original on 20 December 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  8. ^ "State visit to russia".
  9. ^ "Presidential decree awarding the order of friendship".
  10. ^ "Arco Prize".
  11. ^ "Ordonnance Souveraine n° 3.540 du 18 novembre 2011 portant promotions ou nominations dans l'Ordre du Mérite Culturel".
  12. ^ "Order of Saint-Charles awarded to Semenikhina".