Sasha Zagrebèlnaia is a cultural project manager and art advisor. After graduating from the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain with a Master's Degree in International Relations and Culture, she decided to focus more on the cultural part, doing research on the importance of international large-scale exhibitions for the actualization of art. Since then she has collaborated with various cultural projects and art fairs including the Florence Biennale, Art Marbella, and the Venice Biennale.
Her love-story with Venice started with an internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in 2016. After that she decided to stay in this city, full of art, history and inspiration. She obtained her second Master’s Degree in Economics and Management of Arts and Cultural Activities in the Venetian University Ca’ Foscari. Now she works with local galleries in Venice on art exhibitions and organizes private tours with curators and artists and creates exclusive programs that show Venice from a unique perspective.
Venice is essentially a huge museum under the open sky, where you see a real masterpiece at every turn. Renaissance, Baroque and Contemporary Art exist here in the same historical space. The whole city of Venice is imbued with art and masterpieces can be found in museums, churches, cathedrals, modern installations and historical monuments.
Here you can find modern galleries in the most unexpected places, like Punta della Dogana, located in the former Sea Customs House or the unfinished one-story Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, which hosts the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
The concentration of exhibitions per square meter becomes even more intense from May to November, during the Art Biennale and the Architecture Biennale. This period is interesting not only because you can see the works of the most prominent representatives of the art scene from all over the world, but also because it provides the opportunity to visit the most beautiful private palazzos, which are usually closed to the public such Palazzo Soranzo Van Axel and Contarini Polignac.
Sasha offers a variety of customized art-tours based on the interests and recommendations of the visitors. The tours are normally dedicated to one particular zone of Venice (Dorsoduro art district, Giudecca art district) and present a selection of the best art institutions and galleries there. Upon request the tours can be combined with studio visits, meetings with curators, artists and gallerists.
During the Biennale period (May-November), Sasha offers the “Biennale exhibition hopping” tours which include visits to selected National Pavilions and Collateral Events around Venice.
You can book a tour with her in English or Russian. Book a tour here.