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The 1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art


12.01.2005




Press Release:

1 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art

January 28 Ц February 28, 2005

main venues
: former lenin museum
state schusev museum of architecture
metro station vorobyovy gory

press days: January 26 Ц 27

press contacts: Elena Zaitseva, Romilly Eveleigh

info@moscowbiennale.ru

http://www.moscowbiennale.ru


PRESS CONFERENCE ON 26 JANUARY AT 7:00PM, LOCATION: FORMER LENIN MUSEUM

The 1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, initiated by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, will open at the end of January and run throughout the city of Moscow for the duration of one month. It represents the largest and most ambitious event dediacted contemporary art ever staged in Russia Ц work by numerous leading and emerging contemporary artists, local and international, will be on display, at more than 50 separate exhibitions, staged in dozens of the city's most important cultural venues.

From the rooms of the former Lenin Museum (not opened to the public since 1992), to the old apartment studios of 1970s artists such as Ilya Kabakov, to the halls and exhibition centres of the city's major museums, including the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, the State Tretyakov Gallery and the State Schusev Museum of Architecture Ц the 1st Moscow Biennale in 2005 will see contemporary artists and curators take over Moscow as never before.

Venues

The main project will be realised at the former Lenin Museum, in the very centre of Moscow, near Red Square. Built in 1892 as the Moscow City Hall, in October 1917 the building became residence of the Committee on Public Security which aimed to prevent the developing revolution. When Soviet power was established, it was first occupied by the Moscow Soviet and then by the Moscow Trade Union Soviet, and since 1936 served as the Lenin Museum, a unique collection of items related to Lenin's life and activity.

The second part of the main project will occupy the State Schusev Museum of Architecture. The third part will be located at metro station Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills, former Lenin Hills) Ц the longest station of the Moscow Metro.

Artists Participating in the main project

Boris Achour (France), Saâdane Afif (France), Pilar Albarracín (Spain), Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla (Puerto Rico), Pawel Althamer (Poland), Vasco Araújo (Portugal), Micol Assaël (Italy), Michael Beutler (Germany), Johanna Billing (Sweden), Blue Noses Group (Russia), BlueSoup Group (Russia), John Bock (Germany), Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda (USA / Japan), Santiago Cirugeda Parejo (Spain), Jeremy Deller (UK), Trisha Donnelly (USA), Sam Durant (USA), . Cao Fei (China), Yang Fudong (China), Carlos Garaicoa Manso (Cuba), Gelatin (Austria), Subodh Gupta (India), Koo Jeong-A (Korea / France), Alexei Kallima (Russia), Irina Korina (Russia), Constantin Luser (Austria), Ivan Moudov (Bulgaria), Aydan Murtezaoğlu (Turkey), Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba (Japan / USA / Vietnam), Melik Ohanian (France), Paulina Olowska (Poland), Diego Perrone (Italy), Michael S. Riedel (Germany), De Rijke / De Rooij (Holland), Tomas Saraceno (Arg/Italy), Tino Sehgal (UK / Germany), Santiago Sierra (Spain), Rostan Tavasiev (Russia), David Ter-Oganyan (Russia), Fatimah Tuggar (Nig/USA), Clemens von Wedemeyer (Ger)

The theme of the Biennale

Under the theme, Dialectics of Hope, the main exhibition will present art that focuses on one of the most fundamental experiences of a modern human being: hope. On the one hand, hope exists as a private existential feeling, touching particularly on issues of care or caring, on the other it is found in the older Utopian vision of a shared social feeling. The dialectical character of hope today as well as its emergence in different forms of contemporary art will be the focus for the exhibition, reflecting the influence that social and political changes exert on the way we attempt to anticipate our own future and the development of the societies to which we belong. In politically turbulent and worrying times, the function of hope as an organising principle of our lives becomes increasingly apparent.

Structure of the Biennale

The first Moscow Biennale will include a main project organised by its international curatorial team, and a series of parallel events. The selection of artists and the development of the main projects have been a collective endeavour of the curatorial team:

Joseph Backstein, (Russia), Daniel Birnbaum (Sweden/Germany), Iara Boubnova (Bulgaria), Nicolas Bourriaud (France), Rosa Martínez (Spain), Hans Ulrich Obrist (Switzerland/France),

The 2005 exhibition is the first element of a larger project conceived as a trans-generational endeavour that will unfold in a series of steps until 2007. This first manifestation concentrates on young artists from all over the world. Its main aim is to describe the state of contemporary art and the new issues addressed by the artists of the 21st century. The same curatorial team will also work on the 2007 exhibition.

The main project of the Moscow Biennale 2005 will be accompanied by a series of special projects and a wide parallel program representing contemporary art from Russia and the former Soviet Union. The events will be held in a number of key venues in and around the centre of the city of Moscow.

Selected special projects

"Accomplices. Collective and Interactive Works in Russian Art of the 1960s Ц 2000s". Location: State Tretyakov Gallery.

"Apartment Exhibitions Yesterday and Today". Location: "Other Art" Museum at the Russian State University for Humanities, and at 11 locations throughout the city.

Art-Klyazma-2005, "The Winter Factor, or Snowmaiden's do not Die!". Location: Health Resort Klyazminskoe Reservoir.

Christian Boltanski, "Odessa's Ghosts". Location: State Schusev Museum of Architecture.

"Invasion". Curator: Olga Sviblova. Location: Multimedia Complex of Actual Arts.

Ilya Kabakov "16 Ropes". Location: artist's former studio, Sretensky Boulevard.

"No Comment?: Art of Young Russian Artist's". Location: Fabrika Project

"Post Diasporas: Voyages and Missions". Moscow Museum of Modern Art.

"Russia 2". Curator: Marat Guelman. Location: Central House of Artists.

"Starz". Moscow Museum of Modern Art

Bill Viola, "Greetings". Location: Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.


Links:
The Official Web-Site of the 1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art

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