7th MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL BIENNALE OF CONTEMPORARY ART
supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan
19 September 2017 – 21 January 2018
The Main Project of the 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art Clouds⇄Forests took place in New Tretyakov Gallery (The State Tretyakov Gallery, 10, Krymsky Val, Moscow) from 19 September 2017 to 21 January 2018. The curator of the 7th Moscow Biennale is Yuko Hasegawa, Artistic Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo and Professor of Tokyo University of the Arts. It lasted for four months for the first time in the history of the Moscow Biennale.
Participants of the Main Project: 52 artists from 24 countries – Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Iceland, Japan, Jordan, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the USA.
The Main project included such well-known artists as Matthew Barney, Olafur Eliasson, who created new works specially for the the 7th Moscow Biennale, and famous Icelandic singer and artist Björk.
The 7th Moscow Biennale was accompanied by a series of special events, including meetings with artists, lectures and discussions. There was also prepared a kid’s programme.
73 exhibitions took part of the Parallel Program of the 7th Moscow Biennale. For the first time all of them were organised by mobile app developed by Yandex with the navigation and guide system (please find below).
Main project of the 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art guide
The topic of the 7th Moscow Biennale is research on new relations in a world in crisis. Environmental disasters and wars are happening more and more frequently, while globalisation has been transformed into a movement towards fundamentalism. Our surroundings are no longer stable: nature, society and human psychology are changing very rapidly. Mankind as a species has never changed the image of the Earth so significantly, while information has never before so clearly defined how mankind lives. The world has virtually been split in half. While some people recall their past history, the new generation would appear to have lost contact with previous reality. As in the past, art must save the world, and for this purpose artists are trying to acquire a new artistic language in order to understand at this time of global uncertainty what will happen to us next.
"A Cloud Generation" sees the world differently: its representatives gather evidence from the internet, sometimes putting more trust into the search networks other than their own eyes. An artist Mathieu Merlet-Briand deals with "digital materialism": he studies the difference between material and digital worlds. Creating his works, he worked with the requests from Google. For Rodchenko's triptych and homage, the artist searched through a network the names of basic colors (which Rodchenko used so eagerly) and infused the materiality to the range of color diversity on the internet. This work contains a reference to history and avant-garde, yet the artist uses new materials and data of the information era creating quite classical drawings at the same time. The work dedicated to dark matter is even more ingenious: the artist not only visualizes a mysterious phenomenon from the photos on the Internet like an alchemist, but transforms a flat image into a three-dimensional - and from here, the digital information, which embodies the same abstraction, gains a physical form once more.
Yuken Teruya - Green Economy (won, yuan, yen)
Yuken Teruya creates voluminous works from flat paper, carving out fragments. He creates for Green Economy from banknotes of East Asian countries - Japan, China and Korea - trees, collecting a whole forest to create a new, "green economy". On the one hand it is a political work: it contains the critique of Asian capitalism. On the other hand, it creates a cycle of things in nature, turning money back into trees made of wood.
Matthew Barney - Cosmic Hunt
Matthew Barney is a contemporary artist working in the genres of cinema, performance art, painting, sculpture, and pretty much in all of possible media.
Matthew Barney’s works derive from his perception of forests and the lives of wild wolves. In Matthew’s works and installations, which have become part of the project, you can perceive enigmatic symbols, octahedrons and the outlines of wolves. The idea of the cosmic hunt was conceived by Carl Jung and is now frequently used as evidence of the collective unconscious: similar myths of different cultures represent evidence of the shared memory of the human race that has travelled all over the planet. In his new film Matthew has specifically sought to show how people and animals have travelled in space. Drawings have always played an important role in Matthew’s work even back during his studies at Yale University, and over the past few years the series of metal etchings reflect a shift in Matthew’s language. His interest in metal represents a logical continuation of his interest in how materials change. Both etchings and metalwork feature in the film, while the drawings embody the process of constant change.
"Michael Najjar is a German photographer and artist. From time to time he merges his photographs and creates surrealistic pictures.
The giant icy precipices that he has captured are in actual fact melting and changing their form over time, and Michael tries to draw people’s attention to this fact. Another series of works also shows the beauty of the forces of nature, but at the same time emphasise the dramatic impact that man is having on the nature of the earth. Glaciers react very slowly to environmental changes, but at the same time carry in themselves a warning that the process has been started and that dramatic change is inevitable; the glaciers continue to melt, and sea levels rise constantly. Over the past few years Michael has dedicated a number of his projects to space. He has visited the key spaceports worldwide, and even took astronaut training at Russia’s Star City. In his photograph Space Garden he shows how plants will be able to exist in space in a vast hothouse reminiscent of Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome with enough room for 100,000 plants."
Ali Kazma - Safe
This Turkish director discusses the problems of the modern economy and society in most of his films. This short and silent picture shows Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway with seed brought to the place from all over the world. All those seed are to grow into future plants that would be able to outlive humans in case of a catastrophe. The project began 20 years ago and among those plants one can find seed of plants that no longer exist on Earth due to the careless actions of man. Yuko Hasegawa, curator of the exhibition, believes that it is wrong - and too simple - to talk only about a human being when we discuss the consequences of environmental disasters, as they concern not only us, but all life on our planet.
Susan Schuppli - Trace Evidence
"Forensic Architecture group joins architects, scientists and designers. Together they study the political situation in the world. Susan Schuppli focuses on land pollution. As a real detective, she finds evidence of human crimes in the soil of the Earth, in water and air, and render economic justice. The first story is a study of natural nuclear reactors first discovered in 1972 in Oklo, Gabon. The second is the discovery of the cause of radioactive air pollution on Swedish power plant Forsmarks (as it turned out, the reason was the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant). And, finally, the cesium journey across the Pacific Ocean: Five years after the events at Fukushima, it was found on the coast of Vancouver. It turned out that radioactive particles floated on the water for 7600 km. The video lasts almost an hour and aims to show how complex and unobvious the causes of modern environmental problems may be.
Susan Schuppli - Atmospheric Feedback Loops
Since 1970, a special laboratory built under Amsterdam has been following what connects heavenly and earthly life: how complex behavior of clouds, solid particles in air, radiation and turbulence affect the environment around us. In fact, this work is an observation over observation. It acquires a new meaning, especially on our world where we all are under observation 24/7.
Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen - The Quiet
A small room with arranged lamps, plants and electrical appliances is very quiet. The atmosphere here is special, exactly the same pressure and humidity fell in nature a second before the storm begins. English artists Revital Cohen and Tuur van Baalen are involved with projects at the intersection of science, art and design, exploring the border between natural organisms and mechanisms created by man. Neurosciences and the state of society are of no less interest to them. This project should be taken as an opportunity to explore not only the natural conditions, but also the body of a person who is sometimes able to anticipate the coming changes. Sometimes, we feel the pressure change seconds before the storm, but can the storm be a political metaphor, and all the work to act as a metaphor for anticipation of political change?
Marie-Luce Nadal - The factory of the vaporous
French artist Marie-Luce Nadal is interested in changes a man of today does to the climate and geology of Earth. A number of her works are devoted to the influence of man on the climate. But her works where she creates cloud are the most famous. The artist's family owns a vineyard that needs certain climatic conditions, and Marie-Luce, while watching her father trying to control nature, started this cloud project. The clouds are the most fickle thing in the world: they are constantly changing, crossing borders between countries and cultures and the artist catches clouds during her travelings, recreates them on her factory, performing the human dream of catching the elusive.
Marina Zurkow - Mesocosm
Project name was taken from environmental terminology and refers to experimental systems that allow manipulating the natural environment. Complex animation does not repeat for a single second: an artist drew all the elements by hand but the way they interact with each other, depends on a computer program, so the work lives its own life - just like a real ecosystem. It seems that it is a question of a world in which a catastrophe occurred - people wander in protective suits, butterflies fly around the snowy landscape around the lake. Paradoxical images make us think one more time about how decisions taken not only in big politics, but also in the lives of ordinary people, critically determine our future.
Rohini Devasher - Spheres
Rohini Devasher is inspired by the sky, mountains and forests. She is keen to research the border between the natural and the technological, between the human and the inhuman. The whimsical projection of the Japanese volcano Mt Aso is superimposed on the artist's drawings, in which she sums up her geological reflections on the origin of the power that volcanoes control and how it inevitably affects the climate. You can look at this work in a broader sense and consider it as a metaphor for the origin of power in general, including political.
Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov - From “Field Testing Methods" Series
"The early works of the Russian artist Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov are combined into a series ""Field Testing Methods"". According to the education, Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov is a geneticist, it is not surprising that many of his works resemble natural organisms as their form. The works of the series ""Field Testing Methods"" are similar both to the abstract landscape and to living tissues, they inevitably make a person think about the boundary between the natural and the artificial, man and nature.
Natalia Bazowska - Stepped soul
"Natalia Bazowska is an unusual psychiatrist: she is concerned not only with human nature, but also with the soul of animals and plants. This photo reminds of a symbolic picture of an important artist of German romanticism called Caspar David Friedrich. The picture represents the man sitting back to us and watching the sea landscape with cliffs and clouds. In Natalia Bazowska's work, a person looks at wildlife in the same way, embodying fear of the steppes of Asia and Siberia, but this work seems much more modern, not only thanks to the signs of time contained in the hero's clothing, but also to the fact that this hero is a female
Natalia Bazowska - From "Runic sculptures" Series
In her childhood Natalia Bazowska spent a lot of time in nature. Sometimes she was walking along with the rest of the children through the forest, finding fragments of animal bodies. In her runic sculptures Natalia Bazowska comprehends these early memories, creating a new life for the images of her memory. These hybrid objects - both plants and animals, and this approach reflects her sense of herself: Natalia Bazowska sees the nature as united, not seeing the cardinal differences between animals, plants and herself.
Natalia Bazowska - Luna
Luna is the name of a she-wolf, who came off the pack. On this video, the artist documented her communication with the she-wolf. Natalia Bazowska finds common in her life and the life of the animal. She manages in a really very mysterious way to communicate very closely with Luna. Sometimes they literally even sleep in an embrace. This video again illustrates the world-view of Natalia Bazowska. For her there are no boundaries between a human and non-human wild nature.
Uriel Orlow - Echo # 1-5
An English artist of Swiss origin deals with multimedia installations that usually tell micro-histories related to specific spaces. The artist is concerned about the memory and gaps in the official history, something that is commonly seen by the eyes of Europeans. The project consists of scanned drawings from various books on botany and built-in prints with outlines of various plants and plant names in South American languages. The work is devoted to the problems of European influence in the era of the colonial world: All plant names in the colonies were replaced by European ones, and Uriel Orlow is trying to restore their forgotten names to life.
Alexey Martins - The project "Mental firewood"
Snowy Siberia definitely lacks warmth, and above all human warmth. Alexei Martins makes his sculptures resembling animals from old boards, which can be set on fire and turned into huge bonfires. They resemble the ritual utensils of the indigenous peoples of Siberia. The artist expresses his attitude to the mystical Siberian nature and love in his sculptures. Just like Matthew Barney's project, this work is primarily a discussion of the animation of all living things.
Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen - Nowhere a shadow
One more video about wolves. In infrared photography at night, they walk as if in a lighted forest. The light comes from strange structures that generate electricity through animal movements. If we take the technical details out of the brackets, then this work is a poetic metaphor that reflects the invasion of a human into a living nature. At night, a wolf is the owner of the dark forest, here everything seemed to turn upside down: the forest on infrared images seems white and illuminated at night from which both the wolf and the observer have a feeling of a total catastrophe.
Vladimir Dubossarsky and Alexander Vinogradov - Deer
The non-existent creative duo of Vladimir Dubossarskiy and Alexander Vinogradov in the 90s ironically used socialist realism to the best effect. The artists managed to create a recognizable image of the "dashing" of the 1990s, and then of the "stable" 2000s - each time with the necessary irony. The focus of the artists was always aimed at the reality of their time, and their paintings typically reflected its typical portraits and stories. The works by the artists on the animalistic theme are extremely rare, but in this case, deer with their facial expressions and pose remind people more than animals.
Uriel Orlow - The Memory of Trees
In this work Uriel Orlow again reflects on how the colonial history of man influences nature. Palm trees which seem natural inhabitants of many parts of the Earth at first sight, in fact, have been brought from different countries. Uriel Orlow has tried to tell about their identity and has expressed it in abstract black-and-white pictures.
Robert Zhao Renhui - Bee Trap/ Beer Trap/Apple Moth Trap
"Singaporean artist Robert Zhao Renhui studies animals on Christmas Island and reflects on how the nature is changing: what mark is left by migration, how people and animals are connected. He shots animal traps which look absolutely organically on his photos, and comes to a conclusion that it would not be necessary to remove all animal species which were brought here by the man to restore ecology of the island.
Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov - From the "Herbarium of Threads" and the "Invisible translation schemes" series
This series is the only thing left from the installation made by the artist from the threads in one of Moscow's parks in 2014. The results of his painstaking work mysteriously disappeared one night. Posthumous prints of threads remind archaeological antiquities. For example, they might be as well prints of a destroyed live network which could be both an animal and a plant organism which once covered the whole globe. The artist here is experimenting with reality, reflecting on how nature is arranged - and as a result, absolutely unexpected forms appear. This project, like all the works of the artist, explores the boundary between artificial and natural, and also illustrates the total mutual permeability of these two worlds in poetic form. The series "Invisible Transmission Schemes" also resembles a live network - perhaps a mycelium, perhaps trees - but it includes mysterious primitive characters that can be interpreted in a variety of ways. Just remember a lesson of biology and the evolutionary scheme: it also looks like a tree, just like any genealogical tree from history lessons. Here the artist uses an abstract scientific scheme, leaving only the structure and primitive symbols in the form of pointers. The result simultaneously reminds both the system of scientific knowledge of the present, and the mysterious symbols of cave drawings of the past.
Joey Holder - Hydrozon
In the abstract video, frames with a search for pictures replace each other, against the background of which there is an unknown device. The artist reflects on how our search on the Internet is arranged and what is behind it, about the fact, which devices ensure our work at the computer, about the fact, how the purified energy from these devices can be embedded into new systems -the inhuman, as substance, can become a part of nature or at least be useful to it. . For example, in order to support the life of plants, and thereby obtain new materiality.
Louise Drulhe - The Two Webs
A young French artist is engaged in trying to visualize the parallel universe of the Internet: a network that captures a user's personal history and collects information about it. In its study, she shows how people use search systems. She imposes the search results on the maps and the results look very interesting - abstract and realistic, visualizing the invisible landscape of the "cloud". There is an invisible space for us in the Internet - the network duplicates the history of our digital activities and, as it is commonly believed, transfers our personal data to large corporations. The work contains a double cartography: of the Internet that is accessible for us and of its invisible parallel universe.
Ryan Trecartin - Mark Trade
Ryan Trecartin is an important post-Internet generation artist with a complex hybrid language. In this video, he travels over America. Ryan is dressed into something resembling a costume of an unknown tribe from old times. He talks to people about the future and convinces them to be brave in their judgments. The artist suggests them his utopian ideas. The video carries a strange sense of grotesque, of surrealism of the catastrophe that happened. His bizarre assembling resembles a video collage and a shooting of some strange party. This kitschy tongue, both complex and hybrid, is characteristic of the artist, who mixes the past and the future, in order to show the present.
Alina Gutkina - From the "I AM" Series
Alina Gutkina is inspired by the aesthetics of the streets and their subcultures. The work, which plays the jacket that exists only in the artist's consciousness, reflects the tastes of the post-Internet generation, its views on design, freedom and brands. Now not clothes give an idea of a particular person, but words that are written on a brand-free body. The "I AMam" project is the documentation of the performance in 2010, when young people that were dressed only in transparent polyethylene overalls had to write on each other's bodies slogans from the advertisements of the brands, which they wore.
Elliott Hundley - Revolutionary Son, The Crawling Eye
"In his works Elliott Hundley creates a hybrid mix of a variety of images. One work shows a human figure surrounded by architectural and sculptural monuments, another - a collage of people and animals. Elliott Hundley likes to include political and cultural allusions in her images, sometimes turning to black culture. He mixes everything into a single cloud, reminding either a complex universe, or a collage in the spirit of pop art. SHhe turns to cultural roots, but at the same time he shows how the cloud generation perceives information.
Adel Abidin - Michael
In this fantastic video, Michael Jackson returns to life. He is still an important figure for the younger generation, and according to the plot his return becomes a sensation. This is an easy video - a metaphor for a society, which is affected by the media as much as ever. Michael Jackson acts here as the leader of the modern tribe, and his answers that are compilations of real texts and songs of the artist hide the secrets of death and immortality.
Cécile B Evans - What the heart wants
In this video, Cécile B Evans reflects on what it means to be a human in the digital age and how these technologies have changed the understanding of the "human". As a result, there appeared a melancholy nonlinear story with implicit skepticism about the future. A variety of topics is discussed here: stem cell research, terrorism, women's dress code or victims, which sometimes are made by the minority for the sake of the majority. The film proceeds as if simultaneously in different times, it tells a variety of stories, and this is a metaphor for how the generation of post-Internet perceives the world.
Farah Atassi - Tabou III
At first look, Atassi's works seem totally flat. It seems so due to tribal weaves, ornaments that seem to repeat itself over the history of humanity. Yet if one looks at these allegedly formalistic images carefully, he can see the depth. Atassi tries to build a three-dimensional space from flat figures that in her own world, all of a sudden transform either into a city or in the whole universe. One can find a mystery in these works too, as well as the reference to futurology, and a reminder of early video games like "Tetris", and references to avant-garde artists of the first half of the XX century and their efforts to design a perfect city.
Bahar Behbahani - From “Garden coup” series
An artist of Iranian origin creates a work that studies a life of Iranian American spy in the USA during the World War Two. This project is dedicated to history and censorship. Some of the words are pasted over with a black strip - just like on the traditional Iranian landscapes where these black fragments occur as well. The work reflects both politics - the conflict between Iran and the USA - and an aesthetic approach to how one can visualize the data: The information is collected into a sophisticated installation with a table stuffed with books and pictures on the walls. The project may seem formalistic, but in truth, it is dedicated to the sensation level, feelings, perception of information.
Hussein Chalayan - Inertia I, Inertia II
This installation constitutes a unified whole of three sculptures. The famous designer tried to catch a human's evanescent motion and depict a sophisticated technology of creating a new dress. Hussein Chalayan was born in Turkey and in all of his works he seems to take a symbolic journey through the cultural boundaries bringing the heritage from Asia to Europe. Sometimes his collections look very traditional and sometimes, on the contrary, very contemporary and even futuristic. In this lightbox, you can see how one thing transforms into another.
Gauri Gill - From "Fields of Sight" series
The works of an Indian photographer were made in collaboration with an indigenous artist by birth Rajesh Vangada of the Varley tribe, residing in the mountains in the east cost of India. Gauri Gill captures a countryside India in his photos, the people and nature, villages and factories, poverty and inequality, and Vangada draws his traditional paintings on top of these photos. She realized that, while she portrays the landscape of rural India, she still cannot fully show all that details that Vangada told her about. This project is a life documentation of this local community and an attempt to tell how local people look at the world. In the same way she could not take a single piece of photopaper and put on on it all the vision of how the truthful photography should look like.
Marta Gornicka - Hymn of Love
"Marta Gornicka is an indicative name in the theater. She always takes part in this performance herself and directs a choir as a conductor - females' voices for the most part. This work creates an extremely strong impression: several rows of people on the stage scream, whisper, sing, march like a military squad. There are professional actresses and normal women among the performers acting as a model of society as a whole. This work brings political associations, but for the curator of the exhibition, it stands as a call for new humanity in the context of new ecology.
Sayaka Shimada - Hikage
Sayaka Shimada is a Japanese artist working with fireworks. They are not as impressive when performed by her as by Cai Guo-Qiang but on the contrary, small, quite, instead embodying the ideas of the national Japanese philosophy. When preparing the compositions of her fireworks, Sayaka Shimada seems to write their score on long scrolls, creating fantastic works of art, very beautiful and referring us back to traditional firework techniques.
Siji Krishnan - Unknown Family Portrait
Another Indian artist. He draws local storylines on a rice-paper: local landscapes and people. This picture continues a tradition of Indian family portraits that date back to the medieval miniature of India. This seemingly a very simple in idea, yet very detailed work refers to the themes of memory, traditional relationship, and family. In all of these pictures, there is the Indian tradition of choosing light and color: including a detailed draughtsmanship of trees with all the little animals on the branches. The trees are in turn keeping the memory of the times gone, while the animals are pictured so they remind humans - both the living and the ones who passed away.
Theaster Gates - Aluminum double stack
An American abstract artist and pot maker is famous for his work with urban space: For example, in the south of Chicago, he purchased a forsaken building and turned it into a cultural center. His personal art projects are always connected to the history of American society, and his installations often include the objects found, also referring to the theme of books. The use of the objects found constitutes an aspiration to ecological efficiency, but first of all, embodies the principles of minimalism and an effort to reconstruct history and restructure the society.
Dashi Namdakov - What is Reality?
Dashi Namdakov was born in Transbaikal. Buryat traditions find expression in many of his works. He often refers to nature, living it up so the plants, same as in this project, start showing new living traits. He creates a sculpture of wood reminding whether an elder, or a warrior and surrounds it with a virtual perspective of the Baikal nature, carrying metaphorically his environment and culture to the exhibition room.
Mirai Moriyama & Jusitine Emard
Three poetic videos represent the three possible ways in which can coexist human beings and artificial intelligence. The first screen shows how robots can assist people in their daily life. The third one displays a kind of phantasy, where there people are long gone and only robots remain. The key part of the work is the central piece. It represents the first ever dancing experiment that brings together the dancer Mirai Moriyama and a robot. Their dance is inspired by technology. Apart from other things, it exposes the extent of human motion. The AI reads and interprets dancer's behaviour, reacts to it and creates its own inherent movements. Each performance is unique and builds the space of poetic interaction between human and the machine.
Pierre Huyghe - Untitled (Human's mask)
In the surreal setting of a dilapidated restaurant, The waiter at work is an ape wearing a theatrical mask.. Pierre Huyghe came up with the idea or this piece after he discovered that the workers of a traditional Japanese sake-house are actually trained apes.The work takes the viewer to the Japanese landscape, affected by the tsunami and the nuclear disaster of Fukushima. The paradoxical video evokes the thoughts of disasters and the ways people would behave when such disasters come. It makes us think of the global implications of human activities. Similarly to the other projects by Pierre Huyghe, the border between reality and fiction is completely erased here. This video makes you think about the catastrophes and global consequences of human activity. The character acts like a human being. It looks like a human being. Yet, it is not a human at all. The artist tries to emphasize the difference between human and nonhuman, and on the connectedness of all living things.
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg - Designing of the Sixth Extinction
Daisy Ginsberg studied synthetic biology. In her projects she seems to create new plants, mixing fantasy and reality. There are strange shapes on her photographs of the subtropical nature. These shapes are organisms invented by the artist, and their goal is to maintain the biosphere in its original state. These beautiful projects tell about hybrid nature and new responsibility of the person and his new relations with the environment
Kanako Azuma - Eternal Lovers
This video was shot at an orchid factory and talks about the sexuality of plants. The differences between male and female plants are particularly visible in orchids, and Kanako Azuma contemplates how sexuality is not only typical of man. The Japanese botanist Tomitaro Makino called plants his eternal loves. A human voice commenting on the frames is superimposed on the noise of the laboratory, eroding the boundary between man and nature. The idea of this project is to show how hard it is draw the line in sexuality, gender, and the physical differences between mankind and the plant world.
Wieki Somers - From «Frozen in time» series
Wieki Somers will always remember the icy rain of 1987 in Netherlands. The ice layer covered everything - lanterns and trees, clothes that were being dried on the street. Time stopped - just like in this series of subjects. Each of them is decorated in the style of a certain era - Art Deco, Art Nouveau - and they all seem to be covered with ice. Nature stiffens and becomes a sculpture on northern cold, just like in these pieces of furniture, for which Vicky Somers has developed new materials that seem to freeze in time.
Wieki Somers - Blossoms
Shapes of these vases resemble natural shapes of flower buds, and the flowers are inscribed in their form, as if they continue it. This series develops ideas of the previous one, about the time stopped, nature as a sculpture, which is immovably frozen in the northern cold. There is also an important investigation about boundaries between wildlife and objects created by man. It is hard to find these boundaries in such hybrid forms.
Nile Koetting - Sustainable Hours
All the objects used to assemble the installation – including clocks, columns and a humidifier – were purchased by Neal Ketting on recommendations from Amazon. This resulted in a contemporary sculpture of capitalism that changes colour, sound and even smell. On the one hand, the project also reflects the new way in which the “cloud tribe” consume information, submitting to search engine algorithms; on the other hand, it stresses the natural component. Neal assembles from these items an autonomous ecological system operating on solar power and uses it, for example, to brew tea.
Koji Nakazano - 11 “Uuntitled” paintings
Koji Nakazono, an iconic young Japanese artist, was lost in the sea in 2015 - he went swimming and never returned after. The fame came to him very early, his painting amazed critics with the way different levels coexisted in it: a primitive background, abstract images, and fantasy landscapes, references to modern technologies and other symbols of the young generation. Koji's simple graphics are performed in crayons and broad brush strokes. A bizarre, even a little bit religious feeling emerges: it is unclear when these works were created, what feelings are attached to them.
Nindityo Adipurnomo - Postcolonial Still Life #2
These works are a part of the Indonesian artist's project, who helps women with finding work. They work together, talk and make weave carpets out of grass. Nindityo Adipunomo hires them to create textile, on which he then lays a geometric picture using computer graphics. The artist combines contemporary and traditional, putting an emphasis on creating a new community.
Mikhail Tolmachev - From the series "Air-Earth"
In this project Michael Tolmachev with the help of drones shows different corners of the world - literally from all corners of the Earth. Landscapes at the same time look quite peaceful, and nothing in them indicates the presence of a person. And it is disturbing: The hidden presence of technology in the ordinary natural landscape is an increasingly inevitable reality today.
Sissel Tolaas - Sputnik_60 / Protect me from whom I've become
Sissel Tolaas has the largest collection of odors in the world. She does not just collect them, but recreates them, practically taking them into molecules. Like her neighbors in this group, Sissel deals with the materialization of data, those that in this case an odor carries in itself. For this installation Sissel Tolaas will create odors, dedicated to recollections of Moscow.
Olafur Eliasson - "Space resonates regardless of our presence" Series
Olafur Eliasson is a famous Icelander and Dutch artist, who does not hide that he was influenced by the Russian avant-garde greatly. This optical work that reminds of the beacons in the sea is simple in its design - 4 glass cycles on the wall Nevertheless, it depicts the key principles of the artist's work: optical illusions and spectacular compositions. The project symbolizes the order after chaos the source of which is the nature: Olafur Eliasson finds inspiration in the nature of Iceland which he is often to take photos of for his research. In this project, the artist offers "a new order" using the light and building on the natural ideas.
Valya Fetisov - Be My Friend
The computer program analyzes how often Valya Fetisov's friends get access to facebook. Based on these data, the artist draws a diagram that resembles a peculiar landscape and visualizes the language of his generation, while simultaneously watching how his friends' lives on the Internet change day by day.
Adel Abidin - The Bread of Life
A section about the Earth, memory and local communities is connected with a local history of the life of common people and traditional behavior forms. A video of Adele Abidin reproduces this special situation: at the artist's request, four percussionists who earn their living as an accompaniment for a belly dance at night clubs, play using a stale bread. The bread is a human's essential food in the diet of many countries and that is why Abidin had an interest in capturing this game with the source of life. His characters wear costumes yet act like street musicians - a disappearing form of life in many countries at the time of modernization. Playing music using a stale bread is a reference to ecology problems, a repeated use of a product that is not good to be eaten now and this is also a discourse on how the society has changed.
Laure Prouvost - all behind, we’ll go deeper, deep down and she will say:
The floor is poured with an ethoxyline resin, there is stuff scattered around as if there was a cataclysm. The screens of the same installation depict mundane events happening to each of us daily. An orange color makes the action even stranger, setting a contrast between the mundanity of images and broken background. This simple and precise in its aesthetics work conveys a plain idea that our mundanity envelopes in the background of world ecologic tragedy.
Nadim Abbas - Human Rhinovirus
Beach volleyball balls are floating in the air, while bacteria and viruses - the ones that cause cold - are projected on them. Generally, these bacteria are very small, while in this work they are absolutely huge floating in the air as if in the outer space. An abstract image of the virus seems even more confusing than usual, yet at the same time, the installation makes you think of the space - balloons remind of planets and moons. This kitschy and ironic project makes you think of the general theme of the section —dark ecology.
Nadim Abbas - Chamber 667
There is a sterile room in any biological laboratory guaranteed to be free of any viruses. The room of the second kitschy and quite a cynical project of Nadim Abbas: everything is clear in the room, but the toilet paper is scattered on the floor — the only sign of a human in this spotless environment. According to the artist's idea, it should remind of the cold virus from the previous installation. The viewer can put his hand in the gloves built in the walls to investigate the room he cannot enter haptically. The installation constitutes a funny discourse about new science and biology. It creates a feeling of danger in a sterile environment and thus, questions the conventional wisdom of relationship between a human and nature.
Bahar Behbahani - The Phobia of tomorrow
The device puts a mark on everyone's hand. The seal indicates the tomorrow date. This work reminds of the tracking technologies and constitutes a discourse on the future gradually putting its mark on our bodies.
The participants of the Parallel Program of the 7th Moscow Biennale:
"Art Korobka" Gallery - Long Barn Garden.
25.09.2017 – 1.10.2017
The dual exhibition of Olga Karetnikova and Anna Aristova is devoted to the theme of female art. The name of the exhibition is a reference to an English garden, where the natural world and man-made creations co-exist in harmony. Similarly, both male and female painting and photography, handicraft and video co-exist in harmony in this project, and sketches of nudity can be superimposed over meditative photographs. The curators of the exhibition Alla Trashcheeva and Olga Karetnikova insist that their project does not seek to elicit conflict and does not represent an onslaught on traditional patriarchal society, which is often the case in classical feminist projects, and call this art post-feminist.
Institute of bioorganic chemistry of Russian academy of science - New bonds.
25.09.2017 – 29.09.2017
In order to create projects at the crossroads of science and art, several employees of the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry collaborated with contemporary artists. The themes of the project are fascinating both in the worlds of art and science: communication with the world around us, the search for new knowledge and the aesthetics of the scientific process. The results of the scientific and artistic collaboration will be disclosed at the exhibition in IBC.
Moscow Cultural Centre DOM - Invisible Connections.
15.09.2017 – 22.09.2017
The project of Moscow Cultural Centre DOM addresses directly the declared topic of the Biennale and considers the relations between mankind, nature and technology. The works highlight the ambivalent nature of technology: while it can be used by mankind to learn about outer space, it can simultaneously drive us to seek refuge in isolation and the virtual world. As art reflects real life, it should become a new form of self-identification for the spectator. The exhibition will primarily consist of paintings - with the participation of astronauts, mountain landscapes and even Scarlet Sails.
AIR Moscow - How can one tell the artist from her art.
20.09.2017 – 27.09.2017
The curatorial project of Sasha Burkhanova-Khabadze is devoted to the topic of revolution, which has a very different meaning in art than in politics. Whereas revolution rarely occurs in the life of society and pursues specific goals, whether scientific and technological progress or regime change, inner renewal is a constant process in art. The exhibition will feature protest art and installations – an idiosyncratic reflection on the revolutionary nature of art.
Moscow State University’s Botanic Garden (the “Apothecary Garden”) - Receiver.
15.09.2017 – 15.10.2017
The Botanic Garden is often used to showcase the works of contemporary artists, who draw on the contrast between the natural beauty of nature and the beauty of art. This exhibition is about child play and as it were childlike drawings. Rainbow images appear on black paper and remind us of outer space and the beauty of the universe.
"KultProekt" Gallery - Travel time.
21.09.2017 – 22.10.2017
The curators of the project try to find out why we love art. The answer they find is unexpected: it is attributable to boredom. According to modern psychology, the individual is driven by a constant desire to discover something new - that is why we travel or admire pictures and urban landscapes. The exhibition project consists of surreal cities, cosmic landscapes and human portraits, reminiscent of the projects of Hans Giger and makes you contemplate the information overload in the world.
Moscow house of artists - ART Geography.
25.09.2017 – 01.10.2017
In this project standard shots become the subject of the picture, and the spectator has an opportunity to see the world through the eyes of the artist. Views of city embankments, sketches from a park or the portrait of a girl with doves recall impressionist paintings and make you perceive the world differently. These little everyday subjects do not simply serve as the basis for an artistic experiment. They make you reflect on both the mundane and more sophisticated values, on everything that forms the identity of a country. More than 50 artists are participating in the exhibition.
Skolkovo innovation centre - Progressors_From myth to science.
15.09.2017 – 15.10.2017
Owing to the development of digital technologies, the gap between classical and modern art has become even more perceptible. The exhibition Progressors_from Myth to Science is an attempt to preserve the “cultural code” of classical art and find new form of dialogue between classics and modernity, and pay homage to the outstanding creators of the past by applying the newest technologies of the digital age. Project of ""Red/black"" art-agency and ""Art-gostinaya"" gallery".
Movie Gallery - Pancake clouds.
12.09.2017 – 22.09.2017
The project in the Movie gallery is an exhibition of three artists who work in different genres of art - abstractionist Vladimir Portyanoy, graphic-artist Vladimir Safarov and photographer Vladimir Sutyagin. Curator of the ""Movie"" gallery Elena Yureneva works a lot with the old masters of European art. The choice of artists for the project was dictated not only by the interest of its participants in global changes in the world, the rapid development of technologies and the proximity of two virtually diametrically opposing forms of life in a city, but also by the focus on the formalism of art that appeared to have become less significant against the background of rapid digitisation.
Gallery A3 - Quantum Forest.
5.10.2017 – 15.10.2017
Vera Petrova creates a metaphorical exhibition about life on the borders of technology and archaism, forgotten truths and new discoveries. There is no past, present or future in the ""Quantum Forest"". Her paintings and objects appear to have been assembled from many layers, where the rational and intuitive, high and low, images and texts co-exist.
State university of art studies - Roots.
The works of six artists address the topic of roots both metaphorically and literally. They use the roots of trees to create their own works. The artists consider technological development and globalisation as the loss of roots, a time to re-evaluate important concepts and re-assess past events in history. The participants in the exhibition, recalling in the project the need to hang on to your roots, emphasise their fundamental importance for human culture and speech: the root for the artist is not only the basis of vitality, but also an important morpheme, without which the existence of human speech and mutual understanding is impossible.
Arkhangelskoye museum and Italian culture institute - Look Afar.
15.09.2017 – 15.10.2017
Iridescent works, the mixture of photographs and paintings, are reminiscent of the northern lights that become a metaphor for solitude here. Strange objects framed by acrylic coated metal tell the story of the forty days that the artist spent alone in Lapland where darkness was interrupted only by the brief ascent of the northern lights. This subject is the manifestation of the bizarre state where reality and memories are superimposed on each other. The exhibition project itself is actually a total installation: the light in the hall of the Italian Institute of Culture recalls the eerie illumination of the north.
DomZhur - #town.
01.10.2017 – 30.10.2017
Pavel Efanov’s project is the fragment of a city built out of paper. The fragile construction on all sides is covered by an information network passing right through the object. However, nobody appears to notice that in this way the network is destroying the city. The material of the object was not chosen accidentally: Pavel Efanov believes that contemporary civilisation resembles most a fragile paper city that can easily be destroyed by one tug on the threads of the worldwide web of information.
Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry - Finite Resource.
7.11.2017 – 21.11.2017
This is an exhibition of four artists - Annushka Brochet, Paikkari, Aladdin Garunov and Victor Reshetnikov. Their works consist of a set of complex structures involving random items that they found, porcelain and painting. The general topic is the nature of artistic, human, natural and even moral resources. Their approach makes us consider the frailty of all things and the fleetingness of human life. From a critical perspective, the project addresses the mission of museums - the need to preserve, conserve and store in protected sites entities that can no longer survive in their natural habitat.
"Na Taganke" gallery - Credit of Freedom.
The 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution has intensified debate as to who was right and who was to blame for the developments one hundred years ago. The exhibition represents an attempt to create a common space where different ideologies can be reconciled. This makes it easier to accept history and perceive the past from a contemporary perspective. The young artists view the experience of the civil war as a trauma that destroyed society. The participants in the project offer an alternative view of memory in the search for “inner peace” and an opportunity for consolidation. Project of ArtTube information portal.
Vykhino Gallery - The Real World. To be Saved in the Cloud.
7.10.2017 – 5.11.2017
At the exhibition you can see a series of children’s drawings that address the dialogue of the real and virtual worlds. The curator comments that children are the embodiment of nature, but are today increasingly detached from this world, trapped as they are in virtual reality, replacing genuine feelings, emotions and direct contacts with gadgets. Children still retain a naive perception, capable as they are perceiving natural qualities and natural beauty. And owing to the specifics of artistic pedagogy, children manage to combine in their works both the traditions of the classical 20th century and the 21st century.
Belyaevo Gallery - My First Lenin, Luddites.
31.08.2017 – 1.10.2017
Another project on the centenary of the revolution, this time with the participation of well-known figures, including one of the first Russian comic book artists, Alexei Yorsh and major performance artist Andrei Kuzkin. Literally drawing on inspiration, the artists decided to express honestly their perceptions of the revolution and to subject our Soviet past to stringent re-assessment. Symbolic figures and circumstances, going back to the childhood of the artists, were embedded not only in personal memory, but also in the memory of the collective. The project is an attempt to draw attention to the code of its era.
The Luddite movement protested against the scientific and technological revolution and the widespread introduction of machines, and advocated their destruction. Even though this movement did not have a leader, it rapidly gained momentum throughout England. Today the term luddite is used to describe anyone who is not ready for technological change, and within the framework of the parallel programme of the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, five painters will present their works in the Belyaevo Gallery, protesting as in the past against the intensive intervention of technology in our daily lives.
Larisa Lazutkina park - Under the sky, over the earth...
August - october 2017
The park project Under the Sky, Over the Earth unites artists of different generations working in diverse techniques and styles. The participants include the young, but already recognised performance artist Olga Kroytor, and the author of grandiose net sculptures Alexander Konstantinov, whose masterpieces can rarely be found in Russia. The park space will be a single exhibition space capable of hosting monumental works of street art. Project of Russian art academy and Creative union of artists of Russia.
THE CENTRE OF CREATIVE INDUSTRIES FABRIKA - various projects.
The Centre of Creative Industries Fabrika is showcasing 14 projects. You can find Big Data, an installation of long-dead devices and information, political art studies reflecting on the topic of catastrophic historical events of the present and past centuries, a funny utopian fantasy, and much, much more. Fabrika is also showcasing a high-profile project Paper Memory by Haim Sokol, who investigates the space of an abandoned technical paper factory, claiming that it has preserved the memory of its industrial past.
OMELCHENKO GALLERY - Industrial 2017
4.10.2017 – 22.10.2017
The main subjects of Yulia Malinina’s pictures are industrial architecture and industrial aesthetics. Each picture is at were a portrait of a particular building. While modernistic architecture is extremely laconic and functional in Malinina’s pictures it overlaps with memories about seasons, moods and a particular interval in time and space. Meanwhile, when taken together the sketches of industrial buildings resemble memories in a diary.
Moscow Museum of Modern Art - Non-mainland
21.09.2017 – 22.10.2017
Moscow Museum of Modern Art and Triumph Gallery present the exhibition «Not a Mainland» by Sofia Gavrilova at MMOMA Gogolevsky 10. The exhibition will be a part of the «Young Lions» program and MMOMA program in support of young artists. Exhibition “Not a Mainland” by Sofiya Gavrilova is the result of her research in Chukotka district, Chukotka Autonomous Okrug. Residents of the region, located at the maximum distance from the capital (flight from Moscow to Anadyr is the longest flight in the world within one country), call central Russia ""mainland"", although geographically they are on the same continent as the rest of the country. Sofia Gavrilova shows how absence of any infrastructural, social or cultural ties with the centre is broken by the remains of attributes of the region development in the Soviet era. The artist describes Chukotka as one of those Russian regions, where the traces of the clash of all kinds of civilizations can be seen everywhere and and it's not always clear what kind of lifestyle and culture dominates.
Moscow Museum of Modern Art - Nepokorennyh avenue
In the 2000s a number of people claimed that modern art in Saint Petersburg was stagnating. Then two artists Ivan Plyusch and Ilya Gaponov opened a studio together with curator Anastasia Shavlokhova on Nepokorennyh Avenue [Avenue of the Unvanquished] with the same name. They started holding independent exhibitions here, and overtime the venue became a new force, uniting the outstanding artistic individuality of its generation. The studio has played a key role in the creative biographies of many young artists from Saint Petersburg, such as Irina Drozd, Tatyana Podmarkova, Maxim Svishchev, Stas Bags, Tatyana Akhmetgalieva and Kirill Makarov. The exhibition at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art will showcase a ten-year retrospective of the studio.
Moscow Museum of Modern Art - "Giosetta Fioroni. 60s in Rome", "SOOT" (joint project with RuArts Gallery)
6.09.2017 – 22.10.2017
That is the first retrospective in Russia of an important woman artist of the XX century whose works were influenced not just on the Italian culture but also on the genies of contemporaneity such as Andy Warhol, Michelangelo Antonioni. One of the latest examples inspired by Fioroni’s femininity works was the Valentino autumn/winter collection in 2015. The project at MMoMA will cover 50 works in a pop-art of 60s and 70s – exactly on that time Fioroni has formed her recognizable style of simple and bright images that today became real symbols of the epoch – hearts, lips, words and numerals on the metallic background.
16.09.2017 – 5.10.2017
Another project at MMoMA at Petrovka street is a graffiti exhibition of artists 0331c and Grisha. Their project “Soot” will be created in a special pyrography style that literally means ""painting"" with fire in the Museum’s space. The project is prepared in a partnership with RuArts Foundation.
Moscow Museum of Modern Art (joint project with centre of contemporary art "Zarya") - Rebels Land: Contemporary Art of Vladivostok, 1960s – 2010s
The group exhibition features works from artists in the Primorsky capital, including both emerging artists as well as those who paved the way for the development of conceptual and unofficial art in Vladivostok from 1960s till our days. The exhibition seeks to trace how the works of 20th century Vladivostok artists mark a departure from the formal preoccupations in art, towards the emergence of a critical position taken by the artist. The exhibition offers viewers a chance to see painting, drawings, videos, installations and photography from more than 20 Vladivostok artists. The exhibition produced in a collaboration with Zarya Center for Contemporary Art.
The State Biological Museum n. a. C. А. Timiryazev - Collection BIOMUS / Оur Birches, Your Birches
September 2017 - May 2018
Love and interest in nature unite four artists from Russia and Sweden. They have different views and different working methods: sometimes poetic, sometimes depictive, and sometimes problematic. The main idea of the project is that nature has no political boundaries, and nor does art. In this respect, the reference to the birches is not accidental: this tree — symbolic for Russia — can be found in both countries. All the objects will be exhibited near the permanent collection of the museum in a building that embodies the absence of borders and was built in Russia by a Swedish architect.
ARTPLAY design centre - Longing for the Sky
9.10.2017 – 24.10.2017
The project participants try to grasp the whole diversity of relationships between man and the sky. Dreams and attempts to reach the sky, associated utopias and religious views on the antithesis to the earth. Eras, cultures, the world outlook and geographical belts become the subjects of conversation about the sky and heaven. These themes are reflected in the inhabited sculptures by Dmitriy Kavargi, objects by Marina Zvyagintseva and Andrey Prigov, and the ironic projections by Dmitriy Bulnygin.
Tsaritsyno State Museum - Evolution/Revolution
3.10.2017 – 12.11.2017
The project involving Russian and Dutch artists is devoted to the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution. In the natural conditions of the country estate and reserve, the participants try to decide whether revolution is the natural result of man’s evolution. Together with Dutch curator Rick Verkauteren, the artists ponder the destinies of mankind and the conditions of contemporary life through the prism of revolution as the main driver of history.
Fragment Gallery - Instinct of Self-preservation
4.09.2017 – 6.10.2017
Fragment Gallery “Preservation Instinct” The personal exhibition of Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov is actually a total installation. The artist contemplates about the idea of museum and about people’s craving to collect thing that are necessary just as well as a lot of unneeded thing. So what is time? Can the history be objective? The installation is made of skeletons of the animals that never existed, abstract schemes, plants, odd collections and items that belong of the past, such as punch cards, transistors and large batteries.
The State Darwin Museum - EXPANDING TERRITORIES | Department of Lost Places and New Remembrances
The Raketa art group is interested in forgotten spaces located far from the usual paths taken by people. The artists dedicated the past five years to an investigation of such landscapes in Sweden and Russia and plan to present new objects in the museum, including a small wooden house brought from Arkhangelsk region. The exhibition will be supplemented by discussions and lectures on how to process our cultural heritage and stories of the abandoned landscape.
The Moscow Fashion Museum - Red holes theory
11.09.2017 – 11.10.2017
The project participants reflect on the state of the so-called “red hole”: they interpret the passivity of the modern world when a word does not lead to action, virtual reality conquers the real world, and social networks interfere with live communications. The works of each participant aim to provoke spectators to take a specific action: The exhibition includes a photo booth, paintings and multimedia installations, and also a collection of clothes.
Museum Moscow City, Imperia Tower - The Story About How Nobody Understood Anything
21.09.2017 – 31.10.2017
Valery Chtak, one of the most interesting street artists today, has firmly staked his place in museums and galleries. He started in the 2000s as a member of the cult collective Radek, and now operates on his own, creating works inspired by street art usually accompanied by text. For his project The Story about How Nobody Understood Anything, Valery will create an installation from spatial fresco, pieces of canvas and cardboard in different formats.
Gary Tatintsian gallery - The personal exhibition of Keichi Tanaami
29.09.2017 – 30.11.2017
The famous American gallery owner and curator Gary Tatintsian has been bringing western stars to his Moscow space for more than ten years, which has already exhibited the works of Damien Hirst, Francis Bacon, Ron Arad, Chuck Close and many others. Now he has added to this solid list the monumental works and pictures of the famous Japanese artist. Keiichi Tanaami is the leader of Japanese pop art and one of the most important artists of the post-war generation. His works were influenced by his own memories of the war and American pop art that he experienced during a trip to America. In his collage works fantastic childlike images are combined with the iconography of pop art and cartoon characters. The exhibition in Moscow presents a retrospective of the artist’s works - from early paintings and drawings to new large prints, sculptures and video art.
Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (joint project with Centre Georges Pompidou) - Projects for Moscow biennale parallel program
13.09.2017 – 12.11.2017
Moscow Multimedia Art Museum Moscow Multimedia Art Museum celebrated its 10th anniversary last year. It firmly holds its place as one of the most respected museums of contemporary art in Moscow. It goes without saying that the museum will make a highlight of the Parallel program of the Biennale. It will show the exhibition of works by Constantin Brâncuși, a French sculptor of Romanian origin. The artist was Rodin’s assistant for a very brief period of time. He also had close ties with Erik Satie and earned a reputation as one of the founding fathers of the abstract culture.
VDNH Pavilion №67 "Karelia" - Daniel Arsham. Moving architecture
The founder of the architectural bureau Snarkitecture and the company Films of the Future Daniel Arsham works at the intersection of architecture, design, sculpture, cinema, theatre and fashion. His main theme is working with space that the artist changes with the help of his sculptures. For his first exhibition in Russia, he will present a large-scale installation Punctured walls - a giant concrete tunnel with abstract holes, which will gradually be transformed into a full-size human figure. Daniel will also create specially for the pavilion Karelia nine projects using bright white light.
IN ARTIBUS foundation - Departing Moscow - Moscow city landscape
30.08.2017 – 30.09.2017
The exhibition showcases fifty works by Moscow artists, including famous people from the past and present century: Aristarkh Lentulov and Pyotr Konchalovsky, Konstantin Istomin and Alexander Labas, Anatoly Zverev and Dmitry Krasnopevtsev, Vladimir Weisberg, Natalya Nesterova and many others. The project addresses different individuals and eras, but demonstrates the connection between generations and the closeness of the artistic means adopted in the environment of the Moscow Painting School. The subject of the works of Moscow artists is their hometown. The exhibition demonstrates an image of a Moscow that is bidding farewell - its way of life, characters and space.
Space "Eto ne zdes (It's not here)" - Flat Earth
8.09.2017 – 8.10.2017
Eleven artists from the association Eto Ne My (This is Not Us) - including Sergey Anufriev and Andrei Kuzkin - reflect on their interest in the abnormal, impossible and incredible. Sergey Anufriev’s installation creates an alternative world and an opportunity to get there, while Konstantin Osmerkin describes images of madness, Andrey Timofeyev mixes materials under the impression of life in Guslitsa forest, while Marina Rogozina creates a futuristic project about the impending future.
Gallery Gnezdo - Lethargy
22.09.2017 – 6.10.2017
The world is suffering from an information overload. As a result the tired human brain generates strange images reminiscent of daydreams. The exhibition by Sergey Chernov and Valery Korchagin recalls the surrealism of our time. In Sergey’s works matches become the tool used by the girl Janetta to communicate with the real world. Meanwhile the strange objects assembled by the artist from ordinary items force us to contemplate the boundary between the living and the dead.
Gallery "The agency. Art Ru" - Nature of Misanthropy
21.09.2017 – 10.10.2017
In her project Alena Shapovalova tells us about a world after disasters and mutations. In her drawings skeletons of the past and temples of the post-apocalyptic future co-exist . You gain the feeling that the uninhabited city is making you think about who will replace its previous inhabitants - humans.
Gallery space Christie's - Empty consciousness
7.09.2017 – 24.09.2017
The 90 works by Daria Irencheyeva recreate the covers of books that she read during perestroika in Russia - a symbol of unreliable information of the past that she could not even trust in childhood. Elements of cover images are skipped, recalling the emptiness within. And the artist creates installations from these strange objects - whether pictures, or reminders of the graphic design of the past: now they are bookshelves, but then she stacks them into piles.
RuArts Gallery - Order
13.09.2017 – 17.09.2017
The double project of the neoclassical photographer Mikhail Rozanov and the neoclassical artist (by education - architect) Alexei Gintovt is devoted to logic, beauty and the concept of order in general. For both of them the order stands not only as the ultimate goal of their own creativity, but also as an unchanging feature of contemporary art and society that are constantly on the line of conflict between order and chaos. The exhibition will feature black and white three-meter photographs of Doric orders of the Temples of Paestum (6th century BC) and similarly large-scale portraits of Apollo. The works of Michael Rozanov continue his acclaimed series of multi-meter prints from 2010, while the Apollo of Alexei Gintovt is conveyed as the sun, god of light, patron of the arts and the embodiment of harmony.
Winzavod Centre for Contemporary Art
Within the framework of the parallel program of the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, WINZAVOD Centre for Contemporary Art showcases two projects of the jubilee cycle Farewell to Eternal Youth: the exhibition of the artist Misha Most and a new project of Recycle Group. In his project Misha Most reflects on the future of the profession of artist and tries to look ahead one hundred years and imagine how museums will change. The works will be made using drones. The participants of Recycle Group also reflect on the future. In their installation, they will show, how the world around us is rapidly changing thanks to technology and begins to resemble a strange dream. Within the framework of the parallel programme of the Moscow Biennale, the galleries in the WINZAVOD Centre for Contemporary Art will showcase five more projects. The 11.12 GALLERY will present two exhibitions – Pass By! by Ruslan Vashkevich and Art of Ghosts by Damir Muratov. Ruslan Vashkevich took a trip across with a strange team to the most recent Venice Biennale in order to find a new code - through compensation, the innate abilities of the “Blinded”, as they called themselves, and present it to the world. In his project Damir Muratov demonstrates an art study of the vast immense space of Siberia. The visitors of Irina Nakhova’s interactive installation in the Gallery pop/off/art will be able to participate in a battle of museum exhibits: antique statues and ancient Eastern sculptures. In the Wordshop Gallery, Oleg Arnautov documents the everyday life of one individual. The project Separations in Gallery 21 is about a new reality invading familiar space. The ""Fine Art"" gallery will present a double exhibition of paintings by Ivan Korshunov and sculptures of Anastasia Kuznetsova-Rufus. The Totibadze gallery will show personal exhibition of Gogi Totibadze - ""Forest"".
The Foundation of Vladimir Smirnov and Konstantin Sorokin - The Orgy of Objects
19.09.2017 – 1.10.2017
There is a common notion that every year art is more and more subdued to the demand of the art-market, while the artworks are getting more similar to consumer products. These processes have two consequences. On the one hand, the exhibitions are turning into some kind of art-supermarkets. On the other hand, artworks are turning into self-contained objects: the idea conveyed by the piece is no longer comprehensible to the ordinary person. The participants want to set their works free from consumerist attitude and arrange the “feast of objects”, in which artworks will first and foremost talk to each other.
Yekaterinburg Gallery of Modern Art - The Lady on the Verge…
The curator of the exhibition is Elena Shipitsina. She is also the art-director if Yekaterinburg Gallery of Modern Art. She would like to introduce audience to three projects by artists from the Ural that speak of the new femininity in the modern world. Gerogiy Mayer considers the new physicality through his semi-abstract photography. Designer Anna Pitirimova ironically imagines the role of the woman through space metaphors and shows her in front of imaginary digital universes. Street artist Sergey Laushkin presents a video-piece in which a woman carries on her shoulders a glowing line (video-performance “A Woman Carrying the Horizon”). According to the artist the woman lights up the way for everyone to get to their horizon.
Institute of Russian Realistic Art - Aleksandr Labas. October
In 1917 Alexander Labas was 17 years old. In his own words, he was captivated by the rhythm of the change resounding all around him. The revolutionary images haunted the artist throughout his life. The series October, with the melting outlines of figures and expressive drawing, occupies a special place not only in the works of Alexander Labas, but also in the history of Soviet art. These works are always included in major Russian and foreign exhibitions dedicated to the Russian revolution. The exhibition at the Institute of Russian Realistic Art will present the best graphic works and paintings of the cycle, and also archive materials from state museums and private collections.
All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature named after Margarita Rudomino - Three prjojects from curator of biennale
All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature will exhibit three projects selected by Yuko Hasegawa, the curator of the 7th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. They are intertwined with the main themes of the Biennale, such as the lightning fast pace of change in the world and the way humanity irreversibly changes the environment. The project of Hanna Tuulikki, a Finnish artist working in England, addresses the human body of history. Her video shows the dance that is reminiscent of the ancient Indian theatre art just as well as the flow of the river. German photographer Michael Najjar puts together photoshoots of Iceland and Mars, revealing how humanity dangerously affects the nature. The inevitable change that we are making to our own planet makes us contemplate about Mars. The work of the Forensic Architecture Agency is dedicated to the very same issue of ruinous human activities. The Agency is puts together a group of architects, scientists and artists who investigate humanity’s crimes against Earth.
The courtyard of the State Tretyakov Gallery - EchoGrad
This year marks the first time when the Moscow Biennale opens a public-art program. The program will be introduced with the installation by Husas Chayya, an artist of Lebanese origin. The installation is made of nine two-meter steel figures, which together form a corridor to another dimension. The voice in this space sounds different, and the smooth surface reflects the environment as a mirror. The artist's intention is to show that art is a "mirror of our days".
Gallery on Taganka - Reconciliation Here!
21.09.2017 – 15.10.2017
Young artists - Alisa Yoffe, Polina Kanis, Tatyana Akhmetgalieva, Misha Most and ZIP Group reflect on civil war and opportunities to reconcile two opposing camps in society. The goal of this project is to create a single space for general conversation. Three regional exhibitions have already been held during the project in which artists, curators and research consultants conducted expeditions and worked with historical material. The Moscow exhibition should reconcile these three projects and show that different opinions on history and the present can co-exist.
Pop Up Gallery OTTEPEL - Battle of disabled
15.09.2017 – 15.10.2017
Irina Denisova’s project is devoted to a new reality where information is no longer connected to paper and has migrated almost entirely to virtual space. Irina believes that a number of ideas of the past have not come true in the present owing to the archaic nature of the medium - paper. The artist delivers her own idiosyncratic manifesto on the death of paper, which is incapable of conveying all the aspirations of an individual for the future, and presents a series of futuristic objects with the participation of clouds and microchips, which may serve an alternative to outmoded ways of processing information.