September 5th, 2008

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Bringing home the Bacon (and the Freud)

Russian heiress, fashion designer and socialite Dasha Zhukova is best known as the girlfriend of Roman Abramovich. Now she is out to make her mark on the international art scene (even though she can't name a single artist she likes). Can she turn her new gallery into Moscow's Tate Modern - or is she just a wealthy dilettante? Viv Groskop meets her

Daria Dasha Zhukova, Russian model/socialite and girlfriend of Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich

Zhukova ... ‘I don’t see myself as someone who does just one thing'. Photograph: Teri Pengilley

I first meet Dasha Zhukova in June, at the launch of her latest project - the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture (GCCC), an enormous new art gallery in Moscow, housed in a disused Soviet bus depot. She is dressed like something out of Breakfast at Tiffany's, complete with Audrey Hepburn headband, and spends much of the evening holding hands with the man his friends call "Roma": Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich.

 

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