24 September 1958

Timur Novikov is born in Leningrad. Lives in house number sixty on Liteiny Prospect.


Begins school and attends drawing classes at the Dzerzhinsky District House of Pioneers.


Lives with his mother in Novaya Zemlya.


After returning from Novaya Zemlya, Novikov joins the young art historians club at the State Russian Museum.
Enrolls in the lacquer and paint technology program at the Chemicals Industry Technical College.


Drops out of the Chemicals Industry Technical College "for the sake of [his] appearance"- that is, because he does not want to cut his long hair as required by the college's ROTC instructors. Works as a projectionist, first at the Titan cinema, then at the Volodarsky Palace of Culture.


Joins the Chronicle (Letopis) group. Takes part in apartment exhibitions with the group.


Novikov launches his first curatorial project: for forty rubles a month, he rents the former Our Lady of Shestakov Church, where he organizes the Cyril and Methodius Studios. On June 2, he opens an apartment exhibition that is raided by the police. With their help, the artists spontaneously move their show to the street.

Exhibition Cyril and Methodius. Church of Madonna of Shestakov.
Leningrad, June 2, 1978. T. Novikov's archive.

Takes part in The Show of Ten, at the House of Folk Arts.

Exhibition Cyril and Methodius. Church of Madonna of Shestakov. Leningrad, June 2, 1978.
T. Novikov's archive. 


The Show of Ten. House (Theater) of Folk Arts, Leningrad, 1979

Opens the ASSA Gallery in his communal flat at Voinov Street, 24. The gallery would exist until

Oleg Kotelnikov’s solo show. ASSA Gallery. Leningrad, 1983. O. Kotelnikov’s archive.

Works at the Russian Museum, first as a boiler plant operator, then as an electrician. Novikov is fired in 1982 for "avant-gardism." Novikov meets the artist Maria Spendariova at a show of Mikhail Larionov's works at the Russian Museum. Around this same time, in Moscow, Novikov meets other artists of the first Russian-Soviet avant-garde— Alexander Tyshler, Alisa Poret, and Maria Sinyakova-Urechina.


Joins the Society for Experimental Visual Art (TEII), the first union of unofficial artists in Leningrad. The TEII holds its first show in the apartment of Natalia Kononenko, on Bronnitskaya Street.

The Show of Group "TEII" at Bronnitskaya street. Leningrad, 1981. T. Novikov Archive.

At the first officially sanctioned TEII show, at the Kirov Palace of Culture, Novikov and Ivan Sotnikov carry out a punk action to express their disagreement with the rules: they present a square-shaped aperture in an exhibition stand as the "Zero Object".

Zero Object. Kirov House of Culture. Leningrad, 1982. T. Novikov Archive.

Novikov forms the New Artists group with Evgenij Kozlov, Ivan Sotnikov, Kirill Khazanovich, Oleg Kotelnikov, and Georgy Gurjanov. They are later joined by Sergei Bugaev (Afrika), Yevgeny Yufit, Vadim Ovchinnikov, Valery Cherkasov, Vladislav Gutsevich, Andrei Medvedev, Inal Savchenkov, Andrei Krisanov, Oleg Maslov, Alexei Kozin, Oleg Zaika, Viktor Tsoi, and The New Composers (Igor Verichev and Valery Alakhovj. The first New Artists show (featuring Novikov, Sotnikov, and Khazanovich) takes place at the Light Industry and Textiles Institute.

The first exhibition of The New Artists. Textile and Light Industry Institute. Leningrad, 1982.
T. Novikov's archive.



Begins collaborating with composer and musician Sergei Kuriokhin, leader of the Pop Mechanics orchestra. Participates in Pop Mechanics first "medical" concert, at the Dostoevsky Apartment Museum, and the first performance of the utiugon (which Novikov invented himself) at Club-81.

Concerto No. 1 for Utiugon. Ivan Sotnikov and Timur Novikov. Club-81. Leningrad, 1982. Photo by E. Kozlov.

Medical concert. Participants: Sergei Kuryukhin, V. Bulychevsky, Seva Gakkel, Timur Novikov, Georgy Guryanov.
Fyodor Dostoevsky memorial apartment. Leningrad, 1982. T. Novikov's archive.

Participates in two TEII shows: the spring exhibition, at the Youth Palace, and Aspects of the Portrait, at the Kirov Palace of Culture.

Exhibition Aspects of the Portrait. Kirov House of Culture. Leningrad, 1982. T. Novikov's archive.



Works with Erik Goroshevsky's New Theater on productions of The Ballet of the Three Inseparables (based on a text by Daniil Kharms, with music by Verichev and Alakhov), Anna Karenina, The Idiot, Crime and Punishment, and The Biathlete.

Timur Novikov and Sergei Bugaev in Anna Karenina performance. The New Theater. 1985.
Among the audience: I. Movsesyan, V. Allkhov, V. Gutsevich. G. Guryanov’s archive.
Рубеж 1985—1986

Participates in the show Happy New Year, at the Leningrad Rock Club.


Writes his first critical essays under the pen name Igor Potapov: "New Tendencies in the Contemporary Painting of the News," "The Process of Perestroika in the Works of the News," "The New Theater." Works at the Rock Club as a concert stage designer for the band Kino. Founds the New Academy of All Sorts of Arts.

Concert of Kino rock-band. Scenic design by Timur Novikov. Nevsky House of Culture. Leningrad, 1986. T. Novikov's archive.



Participates in a show of Leningrad painters at the ESSR State Art Museum (Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn); in performances of the New Theater in Moscow; and in Art Days, in Riga. Co-founds the Club of the Friends of Mayakovsky. The New Artists participate in the May 25lh City Day celebrations at the Peter-and-Paul Fortress.

The New Artists participate in the May 25th City Day celebrations at the Peter-and-Paul Fortress. 1986.
T. Novikov's archive.


A New Artists show at the Leningrad Youth Palace replaces a censored and banned TEII exhibition. The New Artists participate in the 17th Youth Exhibition at House of the Artist in Moscow. The New Artists receive gifts from Andy Warhol. This is his acknowledgement of the works they sent him via American rock singer Joanna Stingray.

Timur Novikov, Johanna Stingray, Georgy Guryanov, Sergei Bugaev (Afrika) at ASSA Gallery. 1986.
T. Novikov's archive.

Andy Warhol with Timur Novikov's City. New York, 1985

Works as an artist and actor on Sergei Soloviev's perestroika-era cult film ASSA. Novikov, Mikhail Gaukhman-Sverdlov, and Sergei Shutov would receive the first Nika cinema prize for their production design work on the film.

On the set of the film ASSA. Sergei Shutov, Sergei Soloviev, Pavel Lebeshev, Sergei Bugaev, Timur Novikov. Yalta, 1987

The New Artists have their first exhibition abroad: No Halo, at the Gdansk Palace of Arts.


1988 The first representative exhibition of the New Artists opens at the Sverdlov Machine Tool Factory.
John Cage comes to Leningrad. Novikov meets him after Cage's appearance at a festival in the Leningrad Philharmonic's Great Hall.

Performance of Water Symphony in Sergei Bugaev's studio.
Sergei Bugaev (Afrika), John Cage, Timur Novikov, Sergei Kuriokhin. Leningrad, 1988. Photo by A. Siagin.

Pop Mechanics performs in Berlin and Stockholm, and the New Artists exhibit at the Raab Gallery and the Kulturhuset. The Free University opens at the Central Lecture Hall on Liteiny Prospect. Novikov heads the university's painting program.

De Nya Fran Leningrad Exhibition. Kulturhuset. Stockholm. 1988. T. Novikov's archive



Novikov and Afrika exhibit at the Tate Gallery in Liverpool. Novikov has a solo show at the Turku Historical and Art Museum. Novikov travels to Vienna, Cologne, London, and Helsinki. Creates Pirate Television (PTV) with Yuris Lesnik, Vladislav Mamyshev, and Georgy Gurjanov. Novikov acts in the PTV film Another "D".

Timur Novikov and Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe in “The Two Again” film. 1989

The Academy of All Sorts of Arts is renamed the New Academy of Fine Arts.


Lives and works in New York.
Participates in The Territory of Art (twentieth-century avant-garde classics) and Atelier (young Leningrad and French artists) shows at the Russian Museum. Exhibition curator Pontus Hulten invites Novikov to study at the Institut des Hautes Etudes en Arts Plastiques (Paris) and acquires one of his works for his collection.
The textile panel Dirigible and the White House is shown at the exhibition In the USSR and Beyond, at the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), which acquires the work.

Timur Novikov at the exhibition. Stedelijk Museum. Amsterdam.
Photo by Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen. 1993. T. Novikov's archive.

Novikov and Avdotia (Dunya) Smirnova curate the first neoacademist show and conference, Youth and Beauty in Art, at House of the Scientists, on the Palace Embankment. Dance Floor (Tantspol) opens in the squat at Fontanka, 145.


Novikov has solo shows at Phyllis Kind Gallery (New York), Raab Gallery (Berlin), and the Museum Moderner Kunst (Lichtenstein Palace, Vienna). The Neoacademism show - featuring Novikov, Bugaev, Gurjanov, Konstantin Goncharov, and Denis Egclsky - opens at the Lenin Museum. At the request of Ekaterina Andreeva, Novikov writes the manifesto "Some Thoughts on That Strange Phenomenon Known as Neoacademism." Solo show at the Gagarin Party (Cosmos Pavilion, Exhibition of National Economic Achievements, Moscow).

Timur Novikov and Jamie Gambrell, translator and correspondent for ARTnews, at the Gagarin Party. Moscow, 1991

Novikov and Bugaev donate their collection of works by the New Artists to the newly reopened contemporary art department of the Russian Museum.


1992 Along with Kuriokhin, Bugaev, and Boris Grebenshchikov, Novikov acts in Sergei Debizhev's film Two Captains II.
Solo show in the Marble Hall of the Museum of Ethnography (St Petersburg).

Timur Novikov. Ethnographical Museum. Saint-Petersburg, 1992. T. Novikov's archive.

Curates the show Secret Cult (featuring Pierre et Gilles) at the Marble Palace (St Petersburg).

Timur Novikov and Pierre et Gilles at the exhibition Secret Cult. Marble Palace. Saint-Petersburg, 1992

Novikov exhibits the neoacademist works he produced in the US at the Center for Fine Arts, Miami, in parallel with a show of pieces from the Faberge workshops. In December, the first solo show of Novikov's neoacademist works opens at Gallery 1.0 (Moscow).


Solo shows at the Stedelijk Museum; the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art (Pepperdine University, Malibu); the Kunsthalle (Dusseldorf); and the Griffelkunst Society (Hamburg).
Paul Judelson Arts (New York) exhibits the cycle The Adventures of Oscar Wilde.
Ivan Chechot curates a show of Novikov's works, West-East Divan (Arabian Drawing Room, Nikolaevsky Palace, Navicula Artis Gallery).

Timur Novikov. West-Eastern Divan. Décor of the Arab room.
Nicholas Palace. Navicula Artis Gallery. Saint-Petersburg, 1993. T. Novikov's archive.

Plays Chatsky in Olga Tobreluts's film Woe from Wit.

Timur Novikov, Irena Kuksenaite, and Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe in Olga Tobreluts’ film Woe from Wit. 1993

Opens the Museum of the New Academy of Fine Arts in the squat at Pushkinskaya, 10. The new space would serve both as a classroom for the academy's students as well as an exhibition hall for regular shows of works by the academy's students and professors (Oleg Maslov, Viktor Kuznetsov, Denis Egelsky, Georgy Gurjanov, Bella Matveeva, Olga Tobreluts, Egor Ostrov, Andrei Medvedev). The museum would also host historical shows featuring works by Alexander Ivanov, Raphael, and Fyodor Tolstoy, as well as shows of fashion photography by Richard Avedon, Pierre et Gilles, and Karl Lagerfeld.

Exhibition of drawings by Alexander Samokhvalov at the New Academy. Saint-Petersburg, 1994


Professor D. Yegelsky and his students at the classes in the New Academy. Saint-Petersburg, 1994. T. Novikov's archive.

Organizes the programmatic international exhibition Renaissance and Resistance, at the Marble Palace. The show focuses on neoclassical traditions in nineteenth- and twentieth-century art photography. Curates Gurjanov's solo show at Regina Gallery (Moscow).


1995 Novikov does a residency at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin). His exhibition there, Architecture in the Third Reich, is banned.
Presents The Swan Song of German Romanticism at Aidan Gallery (Moscow). Initiates the show On Beauty (Dan Cameron, curator), at Regina Gallery.


1996 Takes part in Metaphern des Entrucktseins (Badischer Kunstverein/Karlsruher Kunstlerhaus, Karlsruhe). Presents Ludwig II of Bavaria and Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake at XL Gallery (Moscow).
A show of works by the New Artists is presented at the City History Museum (Peter-and-Paul Fortress) in connection with the publication of The New Artists: An Anthology.
The Novikov-Bugaev collection is shown at the Russian Museum, in December, as part of the show The Department of Contemporary Art: The First Five Years.


Novikov becomes seriously ill during a trip to New York to open his solo show at the World Financial Center. Despite going blind as a result of his illness, he continues to direct the New Academy.

The writing of the "Manifesto of Neoacademism." Ksenia Novikova, Timur Novikov, Julia Straussowa, Andrei Khlobystin.
Necropolis of the Alexander Nevsky Monastery, Saint-Petersburg, 1997. Photo by I. Roman.

Works by Novikov, Gurjanov, Ostrov, Maslov, and Kuznetsov are featured in the Kabinet show at the Stedelijk Museum.
Novikov organizes a festival of neoacademism at the Pavlovsk Palace. Brian Eno composes the neoclassical work Tintoretto for the festival.

Poem reading is accompanied by harp. The Holiday of Neoacademism in "Ptichkik" Pavilion of the Pavlovsk Museum-preserve. 1997

The New Academy opens new classrooms in the Mikhailovsky Castle (Russian Museum).

Timur Novikov in the New Academy's classroom/exhibition space at the Mikhailovsky Castle. Photo by A. Medvedev. 

With Arkady Nebolsin, Alexander Zaitsev, Julia Straussowa, and Genia Chef, Novikov launches the European Society for the Preservation of Classical Aesthetics.
Lectures on contemporary art at St Petersburg State University and other scholarly institutions.


With Andrei Khlobystin, Novikov publishes the newspaper Khudozhestvennaia volia (The Artist's Will). Led by Novikov and Khlobystin, the Artist's Will movement holds the action Bonfire of the Vanities in the Fort of Kronstadt. The action is dedicated to the 500lh anniversary of the execution of Girolamo Savonarola. A retrospective of Novikov's works opens at the Marble Palace.

Artistic action in commemoration of Girolamo Savonarola. Novikov burns up his "Pink Evening". 1998

The Russian Museum publishes his book New Russian Classicism and his biography in conjunction with this event.


Co-authors and publishes the books The Rape of Europe and The Rape of Reason with Alexander Medvedev.  Organizes the "New Serious" movement with Egelsky, Ostrov, Gurjanov, Andrei Medvedev, and Stanislav Makarov. The movement opens its show New Positive Processes at the Mikhailovsky Castle.  Novikov and Igor Bezrukov shoot the film The Red Square, or The Golden Section (aka Another "D" II).

Timur Novikov and Vladislav Mamyshev on the set of Igor Bezrukov's The Red Square, or the Golden Section.
Mikhailovsky Castle, 1999. Photo by A. Mushtavinsky.

Novikov has retrospectives at the Tver Oblast Picture Gallery and the Pozhalostin State Oblast Art Museum (Ryazan). Publishes Horizons, a book of lectures dealing with his recomposition method, and Interkontakty, a history of the relations between late twentieth-century Leningrad/Petersburg and international artists. The latter book is published in connection with the show  Alternative Museum, at the Marble Palace.

Timur Novikov at the Alternative Museum show. Marble Palace, Saint-Petersburg, 2000

Curates an exhibition of caricatures,  A Hundred Years of the War  in  Art, at the Russian Political History Museum (Petersburg).
Helps organize the New Academy show Successors of Sparta, at the Sinebrychoff Art Museum (Helsinki).


Horizons is presented at the Republic of Karelia Museum of Fine Arts. Novikov has a retrospective at the Tula Art Museum. Gives a lecture entitled "Two Histories of Contemporary Art" at the Punin Readings (St Petersburg State University). Novikov's works are shown at the exhibition Between Earth and Heaven: New Classical Movements in the Art of Today, at the Museum of Modern Art, Ostend (Belgium). One of the show's curators, Edward Lucie-Smith, includes works by Novikov and the New Academy in his monograph Movements in Art since i945 (Thames & Hudson, 2001).


Lectures at the Pro Arte Institute.
Participates in the opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art, at Pushkinskaya, 10.

Opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art at 10 Pushkinskaya. E. Orlov, S. Bugaev (Afrika), T. Novikov, A. Khlobystin with his son Jean-Leonard. 2002. A. Khlobystin’s archive.

Horizons opens at the Kaliningrad State Picture Gallery.
The New Academy participates in Die griechische Klassik - Idee oder Wirklichkeit, at the Martin-Gropius-Bau (Berlin).
Novikov dies on May 23. On May 26, after a funeral service at the Church of the Image of the Savior Not Made by Hand, on Koniushennaia Square, Novikov is buried at the Smolensk Orthodox Cemetery. In June, a show of Novikov's works from the collection of the Russian Museum opens at the Marble Palace.


2003 The New Academy, Oleg Kotelnikov, and D-137 Gallery publish a collection of Novikov's lectures.
With financial support from Sistema Telekom, the New Academy and Aidan Gallery publish a complete bilingual catalogue of Novikov's works.


In January, the tenth anniversary of the New Academy's exhibition program is marked by shows at the Museum of Nonconformist Art, Navicula Artis Gallery, and the Petersburg Archive and Library of Independent Art (Pushkinskaya, 10). A special issue of The Artist's Will is published for the occasion.


Novikov's works from the Russian Museum collection are exhibited at the show RUSSIA!, at the Guggenheim Museums (New York, Bilbao).


Novikov's White Nights is featured on the cover of a Sotheby's auction catalogue. The Amfora publishing house releases Timur: "Lie Only about the Truth!" (Ekaterina Andreeva, editor), a biography in the form of interviews with Novikov's friends and associates.

2008 Museum (Moscow) holds an exhibition of Novikov's works in celebration of its anniversary. 

Timur’s territory exhibition. Hermitage. St Petersburg. 2008. Photo by A. Mushtavinsky.
This is an abridged version of the timeline that appears in Timur: "Lie Only about the Truth!" (Ekaterina Andreeva, editor).
ществляет свой первый кураторский проект: снимает за 40 рублей в месяц бывшую церковь Шестаковской Божией Матери, организует там творческие мастерские им. Кирилла и Мефодия и 2 июня открывает квартирную выставку, которую разгоняет милиция. Выставка спонтанно становится уличной.