Born in Leningrad. He studied at the Hermitage with D. A. Machinsky. He studied at St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg (1998, art history, supervisor I. D. Chechot). Trained in Berlin, Paris, London, New York, Jerusalem, Williamstown, Friborg.
Candidate of Philosophy (specialty “Aesthetics”), St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg (2003, supervisor Doctor of Philosophy, Professor E. N. Ustyugova).
Lecturer at European University in St. Petersburg (2005–2007), University of Culture (2003–2004), Pro Arte Institute. Curator of exhibitions of classical and contemporary art at the State Hermitage Museum, including “Raising the Cupid” (2006) and “Jake and Dinos Chapmeny: The End of Fun” (2012).
He oversaw the exhibition of the State Hermitage at the 54th Venice Biennale of Fine Arts “Dmitry Prigov: Dmitry Prigov” (2011). Commissioner of the Manifesto 10 exhibition (2014). Advocate of contemporary art. Author of numerous articles on aesthetics, art history, philosophy of art.
As a scientist, he wrote a number of key works on the history of the collection of engravings by the Hermitage. Found a catalog of the library of Catherine II
As a public figure, he successfully manages the controversial Hermitage 20/21 project, an important episode in the development of which was the holding of the Manifesto 10 exhibition, which was perceived by many as a landmark event of a cultural orientation to the West in the context of an unambiguous national-patriotic course in contemporary Russian cultural policy.