The Russian History Museum is pleased to announce that Nicholas B. A. Nicholson has been appointed Curator effective immediately. Nicholson is transferring to the position from his previous role as Director of Development. Nicholson’s priorities will be working on developing new exhibitions; researching and cataloging the Museum’s holdings; working to make the collection more accessible to scholars, museum professionals, and the public; and building on past successes in educational programming, such as the Second Saturday lecture series and the Collecting Stories initiative.
“We are very pleased that Nick is taking on this new role at the Museum,” said Michael Perekrestov, the Museum’s Executive Director. “With decades of experience in the field of Russian fine and decorative arts and multiple recent exhibitions and publications, we anticipate a lot of exciting new developments for our collection.”
Before coming to the Russian History Museum, Nick co-curated Tradition & Opulence: Easter in Imperial Russia (Museum of Russian Icons, 2020). He worked as a curatorial consultant on Last Days of the Last Tsar (Russian History Museum, 2018), and curated Two Imperial Icons: Fabergé and Kurliukov (Museum of Russian Icons, 2017).
Nicholson works with Romanov primary source documents, and is the co-author of Michael Romanov: Brother of the Last Tsar. Diaries and Letters 1916-1918 (Academica Press, 2020), and Tatiana Romanov: Daughter of the Last Tsar. Diaries and Letters 1913-1918 (Westholme Press, 2016). He is currently at work on a new book: The Other Romanovs: The Vladimirs. Passion, Politics, and the Belle Époque.
Nicholson formerly served as Russian specialist at Christie’s New York, SVP and Division Head of Decorative Arts at Freeman’s Auction in Philadelphia, and ran his own art advisory. He has ceased all commercial art activity and closed his advisory to dedicate himself to curatorial and research work.
“I’m honored to take on this position and excited to dedicate myself entirely to museum work and research,” says Nicholson, “I look forward to working closely with Michael Perekrestov, the Museum’s Board, and the RHM staff to research, enhance, and promote the Museum’s unique collection.”
The position of Director of Development, vacated by Nicholson, is filled by Dominic Albanese. Albanese is an experienced development professional, who was previously Associate Vice President for Advancement Strategy and Operations in the Joint Development Office at the Geisel School of Medicine (Dartmouth College) and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where he functioned as the Chief Operating Officer.