Grigorij Kozlov

Grigorij Kozlov was born in 1961 in Stalingrad, which was soon renamed into Volgograd. He initially aspired to become an archaeologist but eventually graduated from the University of Moscow with a degree in History of Art. Kozlov began a successful career in the civil service of the Ministry of Culture of the USSR, but feeling deprived of practical tasks, he took up a curator position at the newly founded Museum of Private collections affiliated to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow. He developed a strong interest in the spheres of Museum work and private collecting, whilst he also engaged in the search for Schlieman’s Gold of Troy and other looted art works, kept hidden since Stalin’s period. Such artworks had been transported out of Europe into the Soviet Union after World War Two. Having lifted the secret of this looted art in a series of publications in the New York magazine ARTnews in the year 1991, he received the George Polk Memorial Award of Long Island University fro cultural reporting (USA); this simultaneously cost him his Museum job and led to his departure from Russia. Ever since Kozlov has been engaged in journalistic work and provenance research. Amongst other, he hosted the programme Periods of History for the Russian service of German Broadcasting Corporation Deutsche Welle and wrote numerous articles on the art market, restitution, and collecting for Russian, German, and American magazines and news papers. Currently, he is a contributing editor to ARTnews magazine; for his publications he received two further American journalist awards, including the National Headliner Award in 1996 (USA). In 2005, Kozlov acted as author and presenter of Secret History of Art, a series of documentaries, for the First Russian Television Channel. As provenance researcher, Kozlov took part in academic programmes of the University of Bremen and the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuernberg and other institutions. Dealing with the historical fates of individual paintings and even whole art collections, he has co-operated with collectors, lawyers, and art dealers. Kozlov has also published several books; One of his works, Stolen treasures: the Hunt for the World’s Lost Masterpieces (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1995) made it into the New York Times’ bestseller list of 1995, whereas for Attempt on Art (Moscow: Slovo, 2007) he received the Enlightenment Prize for non-fiction literature of Dynasty Foundation in 2009.


Attack on the Arts