The art world officially has a new power couple. Two of the world’s greatest collectors – Dasha Zhukova, the Russian heiress and founder of Moscow’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, and Stavros Niarchos, heir to a Greek maritime fortune – tied the knot in Paris last weekend, just before one of the most important art fairs in Europe, FIAC. We Weekly reported the news for the first time.
Zhukova is no stranger to being part of a duo of major players in contemporary art. From 2008 to 2017 she was married to another of the world’s top collectors, Roman Abramovich. He was listed on the ART news Top 200 collectors every year since 2008, and from 2011 to 2016 the two were listed as a couple. They quit in August 2017, and ART news has listed them individually since the 2017 list, released each September.
Niarchos comes from a dynasty of Greek collectors who made their fortune in the maritime industry. His father, Philip S. Niarchos, was on the Top 200 collectors list every year from 2001 to 2016, and his grandfather and namesake, Stavros Niarchos, was listed four times in the early 1990s. As of 2017, ART news listed the Niarchos family every year.
Over the years, the Niarchos clan has unearthed some of the most expensive works of art on the market, including the famous work of Pablo Picasso. Yo, Picasso (1901) for $47.8 million in 1989, Vincent van Gogh’s Self-portrait with bandaged ear (1889) for $71.5 million also in 1989, and Andy Warhol’s Green car on fire I (1963) for $71.7 million in 2007, a record auction price for a work by the artist at the time.
Zhukova is a big supporter of contemporary Russian art, in particular, as well as global work. She is a founding board member of newly opened New York art space, The Shed, a project with a total cost of $475 million.
The pair were first spotted together in December 2017 at the Art Basel Miami Beach VIP previews in Florida, and Niarchos proposed to Zhukova last summer.
The list of attendees at their wedding was a who’s who of the art world, including dealer Larry Gagosian and artist Dustin Yellin, as well as other celebrities such as David Beckham, Liv Tyler, designer Tory Burch and journalist Derek Blasberg, a longtime confidant. of Zhukova.