Natalia Murray

Natalia Murray read History of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, completed PhD course at the Hermitage Museum and was awarded the second PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

In 2012 she wrote a book The Unsung Hero of the Russian Avant-Garde. The Life and Times of Nikolay Punin (Leiden-Boston: Brill Academic, 2012).

At present, she is teaching courses in 19-20 century Russian art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, working as head of education and public programmes at GRAD (Gallery for Russian Art and Design) and curating exhibitions of Russian art in England. Her recent exhibitions include Jack of Diamonds and the Russian Avant-Garde (The Courtauld Gallery, London, 2014), Elena Polenova and Russian Arts and Crafts (Watts Gallery, Compton, 2015) and Superwoman: Work, Build and Don’t Whine (GRAD, London, 2016).

With Ann Dumas and John Milner, she has also co-curated a major exhibition Revolution. Russian Art. 1917-1932 (Royal Academy of Arts, 2017) and is currently editing her next book on post-revolutionary festivals in Petrograd. Natalia is also trustee of the Russian Avant-Garde Research Project – a UK-based charity which shares one of her aspirations to reduce the number of fakes on the Russian art market.

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