Roxane Chatounovski, creative director, New Holland
New Holland’s creative director Roxane Chatounovski has had a busy year. Liaising closely with Dasha Zhukova to lead the six-strong team at New Holland Island, she just saw the end of a second summer of fun and informative events at what is set to be St Petersburg’s fastest-growing creative hubs. Testing the ground to identify the wider area’s cultural and commercial needs, the island’s rolling summer events included organic food markets, art galleries and music gigs.
Arkady Ippolitov, critic, curator and researcher, Hermitage Gallery
Arkady Ippolitov is an art critic, writer, essayist, and curator of Italian engravings in the State Hermitage Museum, with a number of art tomes to his name. His latest is a 21st-century reprise of an early 20th-century bestseller by Pavel Muratov, Images of Italy, an intellectual journey through Italy written from a Russian perspective. Ippolitov’s Images of Italy XXI (Lombardy in Particular) is neither art history nor guide book, he insists, but prose, and the first of seven volumes.