Elena Evstafieva is the owner and creative force behind Villa Lena, a Tuscan retreat with vineyards and olive groves, stunning views, a design twist, cultural residencies and an art foundation, www.villa-lena.it
Your secret art venue when you seek peace and quiet
Hermitage. It’s so vast and beautiful, I can always find a spot where it’s just me and an elderly gallery caretaker. The long marble halls are atmospheric and serene, weighted down by the history of wealth and luxury. This history turned into an incredible visual experience that took centuries to build and now came to a stop, left to us for admiration and contemplation – and to me, this status quo of a museum is inherently one of peace and quiet.
The best food experience in an art space
Moma’s The Modern.
A museum gift shop that you never leave empty handed
Your museum with a wow-factor
The Louvre – it is masterpiece after masterpiece. Just the Slaves by Michelangelo are enough to blow my mind away. The integrations of temporary contemporary art exhibitions within the collection are also always very special.
Or The Beyeler Foundation – the setting, the architecture, the collection and temporary exhibitions are always at the highest standard. It never disappoints.
Please share with us a special personal memory related to a museum experience
The Getty Center – whenever I’m in LA, I try to visit the gardens at the Getty Center designed by Robert Irwin. He is a contemporary artist I admire the most – I love that his work can transcend on so many levels – from light installation sculptures to architecture and to landscaping – and every time it is consistent with his message. The garden at the Getty Center is incredibly beautiful, looking over the Pacific Ocean – it is a place of calm and beauty, which changes with seasons just like everything around us – and I like to share this with my family each time we go there.