Advisor to the General Director of the State Hermitage Museum (Russia, France).
Born 10 September 1944 in Paris. Father, Professor Vladimir Nikolayevich Iljine (famous Orthodox theologian and philosopher), who left Russia in 1919, and taught liturgics and history of medieval philosophy at the Theological Institute in Paris, 1920–1940. Mother, Vera Nikolayevna Iljine, who left Russia in 1927.
Educated in Great Britain and France, studied mathematics at the Sorbonne and then specialized in Public Relations.
1968–1994. Lufthansa, the leading German airline company. Beginning in marketing and sales, he promoted regular air links between the USSR and the FRG. In 1971, moved to the PR department. First as manager for European countries, then as general manager public affairs for the world. Among his other duties, he elaborated and implemented sponsorship programs in culture, especially in the fine arts;
1994– July 2008. Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Director for corporate development, sponsorship, and PR in Europe and the Near East. Played a key role in creating and implementing such museum projects as Guggenheim Bilbao, Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin with Deutsche Bank, Guggenheim-Hermitage in Las Vegas, and the beginning of the development of Guggenheim Abu Dhabi;
July 2008 – January 2010. GCAM (Global Cultural Asset Management Group), New York, headed by Thomas Krens. Vice-President for International Development, involving issues of museum construction, collection building, management programming, and art investment. Worked jointly with famous French architect Jean Nouvel on the design of the Museum of Modern Art in Baku;
February 2010 – present. Consultant on international cooperation to several European cultural institutions. Appointed “Advisor to the General Director of the State Hermitage” in November 2014.
September 2000. Iljine forced the Ministry of Culture of France to hand over 6 works by the Russian artist Pavel Filonov, stolen in the late 1970s from the State Russian Museum in Leningrad and illegally taken out of the country.
Took active part in the organization of numerous exhibitions of Russian art, including:
The Great Utopia,
Chagall’s Jewish Theater,
Amazons of the Avant-Garde, (opened in New York by President V. V.Putin),
RUSSIA ! , which was opened in 2005 by Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin;
For three years during the Art Basel Miami fair organized annual exhibition of Russian contemporary art;
As a member of the Friendship Society of the USSR-FRG in the 1970s-1980s, he executed numerous programs and events in cultural exchange. Thus, on Iljine’s initiative in 1981, the first Festival of Soviet Film from the 15 Union republics was held in the FRG, in Frankfurt, Berlin, and Munich;
2005. Iljine donated the Paris archive of his father, the philosopher Vladimir Iljine, to the Russkoe Zarubezhye Foundation during the formal opening of the House of Russia Abroad in Moscow;
2011. Nicolas Iljine donated his library on twentieth-century art, several thousand books and magazines on Russian and Western art of the 1920s-2010s, to the art history department of Moscow State University.
Publications as author, editor, or co-publisher include:
8 Illustrated publications for Lufthansa on flight—myths and legends;
Sold Treasures of Russia, Trilistnik, Moscow, 2000;
Odessa Memories, University of Washington Press, 2003;
Pass to Paradise, Vagrius, Moscow, 2008;
Nikolai Suetin, Palace Editions, St. Petersburg, 2008;
Fire of Worlds, Progress-Traditsia, Moscow 2009;
Memories of Baku, Marquand Books, Seattle 2013;
Selling Russia’s Treasures, Abeville Press,New York, 2013;
Tiflis Memories expected Autumn 2017.
September 2006, awarded the Order of Friendship, on order signed by President Putin.
Founding member of Board of Trustees of Kandinsky Prize.
Honorary Member of the Russian Academy of Arts.