Dimitri Ozerkov


Director of Contemporary Art at The State Hermitage Museum

St. Petersburg


Curator, essayist, and art historian Dimitri Ozerkov has taken on a unique challenge: changing the relationship between Russian audiences and contemporary art. Nurturing an appreciation for the radical in historically conservative cultural territory is no small task—as many business leaders know—but Dimitri has been forging his path with vision and tact.  

As the director of contemporary art at the largest art museum in Russia, Dimitri has brought new life to the halls of the State Hermitage, adding contemporary artists to the museum’s collection of masters and hosting exhibitions by the likes of Chuck Close, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, and the Chapman brothers. He has been instrumental in transforming the historic once-military General Staff Building into the museum’s new contemporary art wing, he curated the museum’s first-ever contribution to the Venice Biennale in 2011, and served as Commissioner during Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg.  

By pushing the envelope just enough, Dimitri is making the Hermitage more than just another “stamp in one’s cultural passport”. Above all, he sees the arts as a catalyst for dialogue, and we look forward to engaging him in exactly that at this year’s House of Beautiful Business.