Moscow Biennale

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State Historical Museum (former Lenin Museum), Moscow

The Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art is one of the most important Russian cultural events and was founded in 2003.

First Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art[edit]

The First Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (January 28 – February 28, 2005) caused great response both in Russia and abroad. The main exhibition “Dialectics of Hope” included projects by 41 artists from 22 countries and represented art that focuses on one of the most fundamental experiences of a modern human being: hope. The main project was realised at the former Lenin Museum, near the Red Square. The Biennale’s special projects and parallel program numbered over 50 exhibitions of Russian actual art as well as European, American and Asian visual artists. Curators (main project): Joseph Backstein, Daniel Birnbaum, Iara Boubnova, Nicolas Bourriaud, Rosa Martinez and Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Second Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art[edit]

The main project of the Second Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (March 1 – April 1, 2007) titled “FOOTNOTES on Geopolitics, Market and Amnesia” showed works of 115 artists from 20 countries. Different curators and curatorial teams realized 5 exhibitions of the main project united by one theme. The project featured the exhibitions organized at various venues including The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow Contemporary Art Center Winzavod, Moscow Museum of Modern Art.

Moscow-City, Federation Tower

Exhibitions of the main project:

Third Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art[edit]

Garage Center of Contemporary Culture, Moscow

The commissioner of the Biennale was Joseph Backstein. The exhibition program of the Third Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (September 24 - November 1, 2009) featured main project "Against exclusion" and more than 39 special projects and 7 special guests shows.

Main project "Against exclusion"[edit]

The main project of Third Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art entitled "Against exclusion" (curator Jean-Hubert Martin, best known for his exhibition "Magiciens de la terre" at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, 1989) was held at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (now known as Garage Museum of Contemporary Art) and was presenting artists from Russia, Europe, United States, Asia, South America, Africa and Oceania. French curator Jean-Hubert Martin mixed the work of well-known contemporary western artists with non-western and non-professional artists. He was assisted by Exhibition Designer and Dutch Curator Mattijs Visser and French Curator Oliver Varenne.

Sculpture/Fountain by Julius Popp at the 3rd Moscow Biennale

Artists: Marina Abramović, AES+F, Aji V.N., Yury Albert, Ghada Amer, El Anatsui, Yoshita Azuma, José Bedia, Michel Blazy, Blue Noses, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, Alexander Brodsky, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Berlinde de Bruyckere, Christoph Büchel, Chéri Chérin, Chéri Samba, Sheba Chhachhi, Ivan Chuikov, Tony Cragg, Stephen Dean, Wim Delvoye, Braco Dimitrijevic, Atul Dodiya, Anita Dube, Gloria Friedmann, Dmitry Gutov, Fiona Hall, Aspassio Haronitaki, Romuald Hazoumé, Leni Hoffmann, Huang Yong Ping, Jean-Olivier Hucleux, Alfredo Jaar, Anish Kapoor, William Kentridge, Kimsooja, Valery Koshlyakov, Agatoak Ronny Kowspi, Juul Kraijer, Samuel Kane Kwei, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Alexander Lobanov, Heinz Mack, Esther Mahlangu, Djambawa Marawili, Erina Matsui, Annette Messager, Vik Muniz, Doreen Reid Nakamarra, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Mike Parr, Pavel Pepperstein, Julius Popp, Markus Raetz, Ravinder G Reddy, Reynold Reynolds, Claude Rutault, Conrad Shawcross, Chiharu Shiota, Yinka Shonibare, Jason Shulman, Roman Signer, Haim Sokol, Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Wolfgang Tillmans, Cyprien Tokoudagba, Dmitry Tsvetkov, Tunga, Spencer Tunick, Koen Vanmechelen, Stanislav Volyazlovsky, Regina Pilawuk Wilson, Nawurapu Wunungmurra, Erwin Wurm, Soichi Yamaguchi, Yang Jiechang.

Special guests shows[edit]

Red October chocolate factory

The Special Guest program represent personal exhibitions of the important figures of the modern art scene.

Special projects[edit]

Parallel program[edit]

Fourth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art[edit]

The curator of the Fourth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art will be Peter Weibel, curator, artist, theorist of media arts and director of the Center of Art and Media Technology (ZKM) in Karlsruhe (Germany). Fourth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art will take place in September–October 2011. Commissioner and the artistic director of the Biennale will be Joseph Backstein.

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