Marina Shtager

Art Gallery Managing Director

London, United Kingdom
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About me

I am an internationally established art consultant, curator, and gallerist. Prior to moving to London in 2014, I was the State Mariinsky Theatre press-attaché and the Managing Director of the Lazarev Gallery for over 8 years, during which time it became the largest and most prestigious contemporary art gallery in St Petersburg. My focus has always been towards quality with drive, which has enabled her to elevate the galleries I have managed to a level where they are recognised on a global platform. During my sabbatical to further her studies in London, I have been managed to continue overseeing the development of my own gallery the Shtager Gallery, which she established in Russia prior to her departure. My gallery continues to represent international artists with a focus on the contemporary miniatures and their work and has been exhibited at various art fairs in Europe and Asia. These endeavours provided to me the opportunity to generate numerous art shows based on my detailed knowledge and research, including those of the famous nonconformist Oleg Tselkov and German photographer Gunter Saches. I was one of the founders of the Saint Petersburg Gallery Association, which aims to establish an internal union of city gallerists and also a published author of various professional research studies that reveal the unknown pages of the history of the State Hermitage and the Mariinsky Theatre. My meticulous research is devoted to the reconstruction of the lost pantomime play “Heart of Marquise,” the first theatrical work for ballet scene by Leon Bakst, who later became the most famous artist of Diaghilev seasons of Russian ballet. I have been based in London (UK) since 2014.

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  • Article Writer
  • Art Exhibitions
  • Exhibit Design
  • Exhibition Management
  • Art Curation
  • Art Sales
  • Art Criticism
  • Art Dealing
  • Art Catalogue
  • Art Blogger

Companies I’ve worked with

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    Lazarev Gallery

    • S

      Shtager Gallery

      • M

        Morris Associates

        Work history


        Project Manager

        Morris Associates

        Sep 2015
        • Internship
        • I took part in several exhibition projects


        Jun 2014
        • London, United Kingdom
        • Full Time
        • Shtager Gallery on Elephant & Castle is a platform where the discussion about “contemporary” in art and society is taking place in multiple formats. We invite artists, writers, theorists, curators and other creatives to participate in a conversation about futures of art in practical, experimental way. We invite and welcome expression of interest in organisation of exhibitions, lectures, performances, texts, education programs, etc.


        Managing Director

        Lazarev Gallery

        Dec 2006 - Jun 2014
        • Saint Petersburg, Russia
        • Full Time



        Contemporary Art

        Sotheby’s institute

        Jun 2012 - Aug 2012
        • New York, United States


        Sep 1999 - Jun 2002
        • Saint Petersburg, Russia
        • Intellectual Property


        Sep 1994 - Jun 1999
        • Saint Petersburg, Russia



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