Discussion Art Perspectives: Art and Philanthropy


From 23 June 2021

Discussion <i>Art Perspectives: Art and Philanthropy</i>Discussion <i>Art Perspectives: Art and Philanthropy</i>


The new meeting in the Art Perspectives series, co-organized by UBS and Garage, will focus on ideas in the field of philanthropy and how charity projects can change the status quo in culture.

Collectors and art promoters often share the desire to inspire, distribute knowledge and improve the quality of life in society through targeted initiatives.

Successful philanthropists have a well-thought-out plan, which starts with understanding what they want to achieve and what drives them, defining the resources available and their alignment with the overall financial plan and life purpose.

The speakers will share their personal stories and the experience of building philanthropic organizations and discuss what kind of difficulties they faced and what they would advise those interested in promoting culture.


Dmitry Aksenov is an entrepreneur, venture investor, and philanthropist. Founder of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art’s patron, The Aksenov Family Foundation, a dynamic platform that initiates and supports projects aimed at promoting culture and social innovation. The Foundation instigates cultural dialogue and exchange of ideas and increases the degree of involvement in the development of culture at the public and private levels. Dmitry Aksenov is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the viennacontemporary art fair, Chairman of the Board of Directors of RDI Group development company, which has a dedicated RDI Creative division that carries out and implements a program of integrated development of the socio-cultural infrastructure of residential areas. He is also the founder of the Russian Society of Friends of the Salzburg Festival.

Natalia Opaleva is a collector, philanthropist, founder of the AZ Museum. Since 1999, she has been Deputy Chairman of the Management Board at JSCB Lanta-Bank (JSC), and since 2001, Member of the Board of Directors at PJSC Vysochaishy (GV Gold). In the early 2000s, she began to put together a collection of Soviet and Russian contemporary art, which in 2013 was supplemented with more than 200 works from the private collection of the famous Russian avant-garde collector George Costakis. Based on the resulting collection, Natalia established Moscow’s AZ Museum, which has held 18 unique exhibition projects since its opening, displaying the works of Anatoly Zverev and other classics of Soviet unofficial art as well as new pieces by contemporary Russian artists commissioned by the Museum. Natalia is Member of the Board of Trustees of Moscow State University’s Faculty of Economics and the State Tretyakov Gallery and a patron of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Dasha Kotova is the head of Development, Marketing, and Advertising at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. She graduated in Journalism from Moscow State University and joined the Garage team in 2010. She has previously worked as a departmental assistant, a PR manager, and a spokesperson for Garage. Currently, her work is focused on the Museum’s public image and the management of various fundraising projects, including the membership and patrons’ programs and Garage Endowment Fund. Dasha is an invited lecturer on the Garage joint academic program with the Higher School of Economics and also at Skolkovo School (Moscow) and Letovo Boarding School (Moscow). She is the winner of the National Business Communication Prize for Best Marketing Director (2017) and Best Marketing Expert (2018).

Ekaterina Lehmann is Managing Director at UBS Switzerland AG, Head of Wealth Management & Family Office for Russia and the CIS. Previously, she led family offices across Russia and Central and Eastern Europe and held various customer engagement positions at UBS London and Zurich, whereshe was in charge of wealthy clients.