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Dasha Zhukova
Даша Жукова
Born
Darya Alexandrovna Zhukova

8 June 1981 (1981-06-08) (age 40)
Citizenship
  • Russian
  • American
Education University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A., 2004)
Occupation
Spouse(s)
Children 3
Parent(s)
  • Alexander Zhukov (father)
Relatives Philip Niarchos (father-in-law)

Darya "Dasha" Alexandrovna Zhukova (Russian: Дарья "Даша" Александровна Жукова; born 8 June 1981) is a Russian-American art collector, businesswoman, magazine editor, philanthropist, and socialite. She is the founder of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and Garage Magazine.

Early life and education

Zhukova was born as Darya Alexandrovna Zhukova in Moscow on 8 June 1981. Her father is Alexander Zhukov, an oil trader. Her mother is Yelena Zhukova, a Russian-Jewish scientist of molecular biology. Her parents separated when she was 3. In 1991, she moved with her mother to the United States, settling in the Houston area as her mother had relocated due to work. They later moved to Los Angeles, California. By the time Yelena retired, she was a professor of molecular biology at UCLA, as well as an authority on diabetes.

Zhukova attended a Jewish day-school in California. It was a Hebrew college, Dasha's first school in the US, and she attended it for three years. She attended Pacific Hills School, graduating in 1999. She graduated with honors 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 enrolled at the London's College of Naturopathic Medicine but did not complete the program.

Career

In 2006, Zhukova co-founded the fashion label Kova & T. She currently sits on the boards for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Shed.

In 2008, Zhukova founded the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (part-funded by Abramovich) 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 preservation project that transformed a 1968 Soviet Modernist restaurant into a radical space for exhibitions, publishing, research, and education.

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, created by Peter the Great, 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. In an interview at the time she was unable to name a single artist she admired, saying she was bad with names. She resigned from the position after three issues in November 2010.

In addition, Zhukova is the editor-in-chief of GARAGE magazine, a biannual print publication that focuses on the collaboration between contemporary art and fashion. Since its inception, GARAGE magazine has worked with some of the world's most celebrated creators, and initiated global artistic dialogues. Among the magazine's contributors are artists such as Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Nick Knight, Marc Jacobs, Richard Prince, John Baldessari, Inez & Vinoodh, and Patrick Demarchelier. The magazine took its name and spirit from Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. She also is a founding member of the Culture Shed in New York.

Political donations

Zhukova donated to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. She also donated to the Democratic National Committee.

Personal life

In 2008, Zhukova married Roman Abramovich, a Russian businessman and investor who is the main owner of the private investment company Millhouse LLC. The couple had two children, a son and daughter, who were both born in the United States. In August 2017, the couple announced that they would separate. On 11 October 2019, Zhukova married Stavros Niarchos II, son of Philip Niarchos, in a civil ceremony in Paris, France. In March 2021, she gave birth to her third child, and her first with Niarchos.

Zhukova holds dual Russian and American citizenship.

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