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Maria Mileeva

Lecturer in Russian Art
Maria Mileeva

Maria Mileeva received a BA in History of Art at the University of Cambridge (2005), and a MA (2006) and PhD (2011) at The Courtauld Institute of Art, where she currently teaches courses on Russian twentieth century art at both graduate and undergraduate level. Her doctoral thesis examined exhibitions of Western art in the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 1930s with a particular focus on the history of the State Museum of New Western Art (GMNZI), Moscow. Maria has also worked as an Assistant Curator of ‘Cold War Modern: Design 1945-1970’, held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London in autumn 2008. Her latest research project explores the discourse of centre and periphery in Soviet cultural and institutional history by looking at a network of regional art museums in the peripheral outposts of Tbilisi, Yerevan, Baku, Kiev, Kharkov, Saratov and Kazan.


  • BA History of Art Year 2: Lessons in Interpretation
  • BA History of Art Year 3: Strands of Non-Objectivity: Russian Constructivism and its International Context 1918-1937
  • MA History of Art: Contacts and Contexts in Russian Art c. 1905-1945

Research interests

  • Cultural exchange between Russia and the West over the course of the 20th century.
  • The politics of international exhibition design.
  • Construction of art historical narratives as a means of defining national identity and cultural policy.
  • Russian and International Constructivism.
  • Issues of centre and periphery; exile and emigration; and national identity in Russian art and culture.

Recent publications
Edited book

  • Utopian Reality: Reconstructing Culture in Revolutionary Russia and Beyond, Christina Lodder, Maria Kokkori and Maria Mileeva (eds.) (Brill: Leiden and Boston, 2013)

Current/ongoing professional activities

  • Co-director of the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre (CCRAC)

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