with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
28th of October 2019 – 22nd of January 2020
The State Tretyakov Gallery
(Krymsky val, 10)
Curatorial team of the 8th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art.
Curator – Dmitri Tcherniakov
Architects: Sergei Tchoban, Agniya Sterligova
Selection of works and artists: Members of the Expert Council of the Moscow Biennale and Elsy Lahner (Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria).
The Main Project of the 8th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art will be hosted in the State Tretyakov Gallery (Krymsky val, 10) from 28th of October 2019 till 22nd of January 2020.
It’s the first time that Albertina (Vienna, Austria) acts as the partner of the Moscow Biennale.
The list of the participants and the theme of the Main Project of the 8th Moscow Biennale will be announced in due course.
Alexander Brodskiy (Russia), Pavel Otdelnov (Russia), Hermann Nitsch (Austria) are creating their art works exclusively for the 8th Moscow Biennale.
The creation of the new projects for Moscow Biennale has become possible due to the support of Mr. L. Blavatnik, a member of the Board of Trustees.
All exhibitions of the 8th Moscow Biennale, as it was in 2017, will be presented in a free mobile application - with a map of exhibitions in the city, exhibitions description and detailed excursions. This is a joint project of the Moscow Biennale, Yandex and the Polytechnic Museum. It will be available for iOS and Android devices. The application is developed on the technologies of the platform “Big Museum”, created for the development of representation of the museums on the Internet.
The discussion program of the 8th Moscow Biennale will become the part of the “15/24” Project – a comprehensive innovative international program for attracting young people at the age of 15–24 y. o. to exhibitions and museums.
“15/24” Project will become the first exhibitional and educational project in Russia, that will form the unified knowledge base on the methods of attracting young people to contemporary culture.
The project will be implemented by an international consortium which includes The Hermitage Amsterdam Foundation, The Hermitage 21st Century Foundation, The Outsider Art Museum (Netherlands) headed by The State Hermitage Museum.
Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art became a partner of the project in 2018.
“15/24” project is a part of Creative Twinning international program (Netherlands).
The 3rd cycle of the Educational program of the 8th Moscow Biennale is being prepared.
Moreover, it is the first time that Moscow Biennale films a series of documentaries on the 20th century artists within its educational program. The documentaries on V. Weisberg, A. Zverev, I. Kabakov, E. Bulatov, P. Nikonov, T. Salahov are being prepared. Curators, art critics, art historians and collectors will participate in this project, sharing their vision on the art of this renowned artists. The filming takes place at the museums and private collections.
The Educational program of the Moscow Biennale is the project created in collaboration with State Tretyakov Gallery and held with support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.
Julia Muzykantskaya, President of the Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art:
“The Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art is being held for the 8th time. I want to thank all our partners, primarily the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia O.U. Golodets and the Minister of Culture V.R. Medinsky.
We appreciate our trustees, the members of the Expert Council, our constant and new partners, State Tretyakov Gallery and Zelfira Tregulova personally, and, of course, our amazing team of the project. For the first time the international institution working with contemporary art and one of the leading world’s museums – Albertina - became the partner of the Moscow Biennale.
The cooperation is not formal, but vibrant and exciting, for which I’d like to thank the distinguished Director of Albertina – Mr. Klaus Schröder – and the curator Elsy Lahner.
I’m really excited by what the great director Dmitry Tcherniakov will create for the Moscow Biennale, and I’m pretty sure that the Main Project of the 8th Moscow Biennale will become an exceptional happening.
Zelfira Tregulova, CEO of the State Tretyakov Gallery:
“I believe that such a significant happening as Moscow Biennale should occur and keep occurring on the regular basis. Russia that, unfortunately, doesn’t often participate at the international art exhibitions and fairs, and we should state that contemporary art is exciting, vibrant and relevant in our country.
It is extremely important that in 2019 at the Moscow Biennale the collection of contemporary art of the world renown Albertina Museum of Vienna will take part, as well as the display of works of the most important contemporary artists, that have already become classics and all that in the space where in the late 1980s and early 1990s there were held the breakthrough (as we now understand it) exhibitions of contemporary art of such great artists as Rauschenberg, Rosenquist, Tinguely, Gilbert & George and many others.
Participation of The Albertina Museum collection of contemporary art and demonstration of the art works, created in recent years by Russian and foreign artists, seems significant as well. This highlights the continuous line of tradition of the presence of contemporary art, both European, world and Russian in the exhibition space of the State Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val”.
Press Center of Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art