Victoria Mikhelson (Russia) is the Head of Strategic Development and Research at V-A-C Foundation, Moscow/Venice.

Victoria’s family, the Mikhelson family, established the V-A-C Collection around twelve years ago. Initially the Collection had a strong focus on art from the Russian avant-garde, however following the establishment of V–A–C Foundation in 2009, this focus shifted towards the connections between Russian and international contemporary art.

Victoria holds a BA in Art History from NYU and an MA in Art History with a focus on Global Conceptualism from the Courtauld Institute, London. Her primary professional interests lie in researching the future of art institutions and how cultural organisations can support new developments in artistic practices as well as in their own operational models.


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