How much time do you give to work? Is it easy to find the right balance between career and personal life?
I have a lot of work, so I can`t keep that balance. My parents help me giving a lot of time and energy to my child`s education, taking him to all those classes, so that I could do my job. I can`t even say that running Design Museum is my job, it is my life. Do you have a big dream, not related to your occupation?
I wish I could find my soulmate, a person to have similar views with and one direction in life. I want to play the piano and learn how to pilot the plane and also travel to all the countries in the world. Do you have a favorite place on the planet?
I like the Caribbeans, Cuba, Kamchatka, Japan. The landscapes are insanely beautiful, it feels like you`re looking at the paintings, with those bright colors and their combinations, that cannot exist in real life. The beauty of the nature gives you a lot of energy, after you dive into that magical world somewhere in the parallel reality for a couple of days, then many years later your thoughts might go back to those memories and beauty again. I do a lot of traveling, work-related mostly, but I`d really love to go to New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Brazil. What`s your favorite city?
I like Kolomna a lot, it has a beautiful historical Kremlin, and like in very few cities in Russia, the Kremlin is the residential neighborhood for some people with their private wooden houses, built on its territory, so it is not only a tourist attraction. There`re some museums: the Kolomna museum of local region and history, the Soap Museum the Trams Museum, the "Kalachnaya" Museum, the marshmallow factory, the Art communal apartment. People of Kolomna are very kind, nice and hospitable, they take a very good care of the city.
I love St Petersburgh and Budapest. It`s nice when a city has a grand historical center, there`re a lot of plants, trees and a river. When the architecture is in harmony with the nature, it makes these cities look magical and romantic. It is great to sit in the Sun, drink champagne and watch the ships floating down the river.
Your favourite spot in Moscow?
I love The Moscow Conservatory and the Stanislavsky theatre with their contemporary, cutting-edge performances. I am very happy that Moscow Design museum Art Director and Stanislavsky Museum Art Director is the same person Stepan Lukyanov, so we are united by not only innovative approach in work.
I love taking a walk along the Moscow boulevards, coming over to my friends` place, visiting galleries. In Sokolniki park you can have barbecue, ride a bike; I like the Izmailovsky park, where you can get nice stuff on the flea markets, rent a boat per hour or just have a picnic.
I like painting and giving my paintings away to my friends – in Stroganov Academy university everyone in all faculties must do paintings, drawings and sculpture.
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