Mikhail Rashkovetsky, independent art historian, art critic, curator.
Born in 1954 in Odessa.
Education: philological faculty of Odessa State University (1978);
Faculty of Theory and History of Arts of the I. Repin State Academy Institute, USSR-RF (with honors, 1992, St. Petersburg).
1982 – 1996 – scientific employee of the Odessa Art Museum, head of the exhibition and educational departments.
1993 – 1996 – Chairman of the Board of the “Nove Mystetstvo” Association, Odessa;
1994 – co-curator of the “Tirs” Museum and Center for Contemporary Art, Odessa;
1996 – 2000 – Director of the Soros Center for Contemporary Art – Odessa,
Since 2002 – an individual entrepreneur by SIC: “the activities of museums”, “research in the humanities”, etc.;
2002 – 2017 – curator of the Museum of the History of Jews of Odessa;
2012 – 2017 – co-curator and curator of the 3rd, 4th and 5th Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art;
From September 2014 to February 19, 2015 – a member of the curatorial group of the Ukrainian National Pavilion of the Venice Biennale – 2015 (by decision of the Board of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine). Left the group at own request on February 19, 2015 as a sign of rejection of the policy of the leadership of the Ministry of Culture as a commissioner of the Ukrainian Pavilion.
Work in expert commissions:
2014 – Member of the Expert Council of the Young Artists Contest of the UART Foundation;
2015 – member of the selection committee of the PinchukArtCentre Prize;
2016 – member of the Competitive commission for Selection of Curator of the Ukrainian national project at the Venice Biennale in 2017;
2017 – Member of the Expert Council of the Platform “Museum of Contemporary Art” of the National Art Museum of Ukraine.
Curator/co-curator of a number of exhibitions and projects of contemporary art, in particular, “After Modernism” (Odessa Art Museum, 1989, 90); “Free Zone” (international project, Odessa, 1994); “Kandinsky Syndrome” (an international project, Odessa Museum of History and Local Lore, 1995); “Unnatural Selection” (Center for Ukrainian Culture, 1997, Odessa) “Self-government: cultural evolution vs revolution” (international project, Odessa Museum of Contemporary Art, Odessa Art Museum, 2013); “Manifesto” (an international project, the Museum of Modern Art of Odessa, the Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art, 2015).
Curator of the “The Zone of Turbulence” project of the 5th Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art (an international project, the Museum of Modern Art of Odessa, other museum, gallery and alternative spaces in Odessa, 2017).
Participant of numerous conferences, master classes, lectures and lecture courses, educational programs in Odessa, Kiev, Dnipro, Almaty, Amsterdam, Budapest, Warsaw, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Krasnoyarsk, Moscow, Prague, etc.
Publications in the professional magazines Terra incognita, Parta, Fine Art, Obrazotvorche Mystetstvo, Art Ukraine, Korydor (Kiev); Decorative Art of the USSR (Rakurs), Moscow Art Magazine, etc.
Lives and works in Odessa.