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Viktor Misiano

Born: December 31, 1957, Moscow, Russia (former USSR)

Art critic/writer/editor

January 2003 – present
Founder and Chief Editor of "Manifesta Journal. Journal of Contemporary Curatorship", Amsterdam-Ljubljana,

July 1993-present
Founder and Chief Editor of "Художественный журнал" ("Moscow Art Magazine") , Moscow

January 1990 – present
Contributing editor "Flash Art" (Milano, Italy)

December 1988 – March 1991
Moscow correspondent for "Contemporanea. International Art Magazine" (Turin – New York)

Independent art exhibition curator
"CINEMA" (Porolon/Sergey Shekhovziov), 26 Sao Paulo Biennal,, Russsian Reprsentation, Sao Paulo, Brazil, October – 2004

MOSCOW-BERLIN. 1950-2000 (member of the team), Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, September 2003-January 2004; Historical Museum, Moscow, April-June 2004

THE RETURNE OF THE ARTIST (Sergey Bratkov, V. Dubossarsky&A. Vinogradov, Valery Koshliakov, Constantin Zvezdochetov), Russian Pavillion, La Biennale di Venezia, Venezia (Italy), June-November 2003

HORIZONS OF REALITY (in collaboration with Bart De Baere, Liliane Dewachter, Ksenia Kistiakovskaya), MuHKA, Antwerpen, March-June 2003

ICONOGRAFIAS METROPOLITANAS (curator of the section "Moscow"), 25 Sao Paulo Biennal, Sao Paulo, Brazil, March-June 2002

RUSSIAN MADNESS (in collaboration with Robert Wilson), Valencia Biennial, June-October 2001

WINDOWS (Oleg Kulik), Pavillion of Yugoslavia (co-curator), La Biennale di Venezia, (Italy), June 2001 (in preparation)

ON THE SIDE OF THE SCREEN. VIDEO OF THE 90s (with J. Backstein), Central Haus of the Artst, Art-Moscow Programme, April 2001

LE TRIBU DELL'ARTE (section FLUXUS, EVENTS&HAPPENINGS), Galleria Comunale d'arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Roma (Italy), April-July 2001

"2000+ ARTEAST Collection. The Art of the Eastern Europe in Dialogue with the West (From the 1960s to the Present. Exibition of Works for an Emerging Collection) " (consultant), Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana (Slovenia), June – July 2000

"L'AUTRE MOITIE DE L'EUROPE", Galerie National du Jeu de Paume, Paris (France), February 2000 – June 2000.

EUROPARTE (Oleg Kulik "Deep into Russia"). Fondazione Bevilaqua La Masa (XLVII Biennale di Venezia), Venice (Italy), June-October 1997

MANIFESTA-1. Pan-European Art Manifestation, Rotterdam (Netherlands), June-September 1996

INTERPOL, Fargfabriken Center for Contemporary Art, Stockholm (Sweden), January-Febrary 1996

ONE-MAN SHOW. Vadim Fishkin, Mala Galerija-Moderna Glerija, Ljubljana (Slovinia), December 1995

CONJUGATION. Moscow Art Scene Today, KRAFTEMESSEN, Kunstlerwerkstatten, Munich (Germany), June-July 1995

...REASON IS SOMETHING THE WORLD MUST OBTAIN WETHER IT WANTS TO OR NOT... (Eugeny Asse, Dimitri Gutoff, Vadim Fishkin), Russian Pavillion, La Biennale di Venezia, Venezia (Italy), June-October 1995.

"UBERGANGE" (Alexandre Brener, Vadim Fishkin), Galerea Medium, Bratislava (Slovakia). May – June 1994

IDENTITY-SELFHOOD, Ateneum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (Finland). November 1993-January 1994

APT-ART INT (International exhibitions in Moscow apartments). Franz West, Heimo Zoebernik, "IRWIN"/"Neu Slovenische Kunst", Haralampi Oroschakow, Edward Winkelhofer, Jak Sal, Rainer Granahl, "Leona" group and others. Moscow. January 1991 – present.

TRIO ACUSTICO (D. Gutoff, J. Leiderman, A. Osmolovski). Centre pour la Creation Contemporaine, Tours (France). January-March 1993

LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES (Atrist and Critic in the situation of cultural multiplicity). Contemporary Art Centre, Moscow (Russia). September- October 1992

CULTURAL DIFFERENCES: PRODUCTION OF A CHEF-D'OEUVRE. III Istambul International Biennial (Russian pavillion), Istambul (Turkey). October-November 1992

MOLTEPLICI CULTURE. Itinerari dell'arte in un mondo che cambia. Museo del Folclore, Rome (Italy). May-June 1992

EXERCISES ESTHETIQUES. Moscow State Museum of Ceramics and "Estate Kuskovo of XVIII c.". Moscow (Russia). September 1991

ART OF THE EXPEDITION. Expedition Corps of "The Letter Reader Society". Moscow, Exhibition Hall "Sadovniki", Moscow (Russia). October 1990

MOSCA – MOSCOW – MOSKVA' 90 (Five Contemporary Young Soviet Artists), Sala Boccioni, Milano (Italy). May 1990

MOSCOW- THE THIRD ROME (Seven Contemporary Soviet Artists), Sala Uno, Rome (Italy). May – September 1989

MOSCOW – VIENNA – NEW YORK. Messe Palast, Vienna (Austria). October – December 1989

Museum curator/ Institutions

Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana (Slovenia). – Member of International Advisory Board, Summer 1996 – present

Russian Pavilion in Venice Biennial. – Commissar (responsible curator), 1994-1995, 2002-2003

Soros Center for Contemporary Arts – Moscow. Member of the Board. January 1993-1995

Contemporary Art Centre (CAC). Moscow. Russia. – Curator (Director). September 1992 – July 1997

Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow. – Chief of Modern and Contemporary Art Department. January 1989 – January 1990

Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow. – Curator of Contemporary Art. June 1980 – December 1988

Teaching Experience:

Course in contemporary art in The Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, 1997/1998

Visiting professor in Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture, Bard College, USA, 1997

Lectures in:

Royal College of Fine Arts (GB), London, November 1997
Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm. January 1996
Advaced Course in Visual Arts, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como (Italy), July 1995
L'Ecole du Magazine, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Grenoble. March 1993
Ecole National Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris. March 1991
School of Visual Arts, New York. May 1990
Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts educational program, Moscow. 1980-1989
Moscow State University, Union of Soviet Artists and Independent Academy of Arts. 1980-1992

Organiser of Educational and Creative programs in CAC, Moscow:
Curator Development Workshop, October 1993-June 1994
Visual Anthropology Workshop, October 1993-June 1994
New Media Technologies Workshop (in collaboration with Soros CCA, Moscow and ATI, Moscow), February 1993-June 1995


Ph.D. in Theory of Art, 1989. National Institute of Advanced Art Studies, Moscow. Doctoral thesis "The Poetics of Metaphysical Painting (G. De Chirico, G. Morandi, C. Carra) "

M.A. in Theory of Art, 1980. Moscow State University, Department of Theory and History of Arts. Masters thesis "Mannerist Theory of Arts (XVIth c.) "


Native Russian, also fluent in English, Italian and French. Working knowledge of German and Spanish


Art Critic of the Year Award (given by "Dekorativnoe Iskusstvo" Magazine and Credo Bank).Moscow.December 1991.


"Другой" и разные ("Other" and Diverse). Новое литературное обозрение, М., 2004

Cultural Contradictions of Tusovka. CIP, Ljubljana, 2001

Visual Anthropology Workshop. 1993-1994. Documentation of a project/Project of a Documentation. MAM, Moscow. 2000

INTERPOL. The ArtExhibition which Divided East and West. IRWIN-MAM, Ljubljana, 2000

Die Zeitgenossische Photographie in der Sovietunion (Contemporary Photography in the Soviet Union), Edition Stemmle, Zurich, 1988

Kunstler in Moskau. Die neue Avantgarde, Edition Stemmle, Zurich, 1988

Reflexive Fetishism of Anatoly Osmolovsky / Рефлексивный фетишизм Анатолия Осмоловского), Anatoly Osmolovsky/ Анатолий Осмоловский. The way Political Positions Turn into Form/ Как политические позиции превращяются в форму (catalogue) , Stella Arts Gallery, Moscow, 2004, p. 1-6

Autonomia frente a la realidad, EXIT Express. Periodico mensual de Informacion y Debate sobre Arte. #7. Novembre 2004, p. 8-11 (another version: L'autonomia dell'arte, o "la rivoluzione alle porte"/The Autonomy of Art, or "Revolution is at the Gates", Abitare, 444, Novembre/November 2004, p. 236-239)

Das Hamburg-project: abschied von der disziplinaren ordung, MOSCOW-BERLIN. 1950-2000. CHRONIK, Nicolai, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, 2003, S. 155-158 (and in: "Художественный журнал", #48/49, 2003, pp. 58-63)

An Analysis of "Tusovka". Post-Soviet Art of the 90s. Art in Europe. 1990-2000 (edited by Gianfranco Maraniello) .SKIRA editore, Milano. 2002

L'amitie comme engagement. Europe de l'Est: projects confidentiels, L'engagement. Actes du symposiumde l'ASSICIATION International des Critiques d'Art (Les Abbattois, Toulouse, 15-16 juin 2000) , Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2002, p.81-93

Moscow: A City That is More Than a Country, Cidades. 25 Bienal de Sao Paulo. Iconografias Metropolitanas (catalogue) , Sao Paulo, 2002, p. 176-181

Curator-Moderator, Words of Wisdom. A Curator's Vade Mecum on Contemporary Art (edited by Carin Kuoni) , New York: Independent Curators International, 2001

Oleg Kulik: Windows, House&Windows, Yugoslav Pavilion (catalogue) , La Biennale di Venezia, 2001

Экспозиционные стратегии: от модернизации к демодернизации, Пинакотека, n.12, 2000, с. 88-95 (and as Strategies of Display from Modernization toward De-Modernization, in: Strategies of Presentation 2&3, World of Art Year 5&6, SCCA-Ljubljana, 2004, 65-72)

Interview with Viktor Misiano (Ursa Jurman&Sabina Salamon), Fokus...Manifesta in our Backyard, Platforma SCCA, n.2, Ljubljana, December 2000, p. 12-16

Reflexive Subject and His Art ("Рефлектирующий субъект и его искусство"), Komod (Yekaterinburg) , n. 9, 2000, p. 9-13

Vertrauensgemeinschaft (Confidential Community), Cooperativ. Kunstdialoge Ost-West (catalogue). Stadthaus Ulm, Ulm, 2000, pp. 11-23

De la pseudo-politique a la postpolitique, L'autre moitie de l'Europe (catalogue) , Reunion des Musees Nationaux, Galerie National du Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2000, p. 77-85

Still there is War, Still Hope Exists (paper), M'ARS, Year XI, 1999, n1-2, pp. 38-47

Cultural Contradictions of Tusovka, Frakcia, n.14, Zagreb, 1999, pp. 82-97 (and in: Umelec, 7, 1999, pp. 34-35, "Художественный журнал", n. 25, 1999, pp. 39-43)

The Institutionalisation of Friendship, Transnacionala (catalogue) , Ljubljana, 1999, pp. 182-192

Curator without a system, ARCO noticias, Madrid, 1998, n.12, pp. 31-32 (and in: "After the Wall. Art and Culture in post-Communist Europe" (catalogue), Moderma Museet, Stockholm. 1999, p.137)

Collapce of Liberal-Chic. Flash Art, Vol. XXXI,?203, November-December 1998, pp.43, 56

Radical Quotidian, Every Day, 11th Biennale of Sydney (catalogue) , Sydney, 1998, pp.28-32

Catastrophe, Futuro, Passato, Presente. La Biennale di Venezia (Catalogue), Electa, 1997 (and in: Frakcija, ?9, Zagreb, 1998, pp. 86-87; Катастрофа, Место печати, vol. X, Obscuri Viri, Moscow, 1997)

Interpol. An Analysis, Beyond Ethics and Aesthetics, Sun, Nijmengen, 1997 (as: Interpol: The Apology of Defeat, Art Discourse-97. Seminar on the Contemporary Art Theory and practices", Almaty, 1998; and in Art Planet. A global view of Art Criticism, vol.1, n.0, 1999; and in: "Interpol. The Art Exibition which Divided East and West" (ed. by E. Cufer and V. Misiano) , Ljubljana, IRWIN-Moscow Art Magazine, 2000)

Response to an Open Letter to the Art Word. Flash Art International, n.188, May-June, 1996; SIKSI. The Nordic Art Review, n. 2, Summer 1966; Primary Documents. A Sourcebook for Eastern and Central European Art since the 1950s. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2002

Passions pour l'histoire. L'art russe, 1980-1995. Face a l'histoire. 1933-1996 (Catlogue). Centre G. Pompidou. Flammarion. Paris, 1997

Esplendor y miseria de la "intelligentsia". Letra International. Madrid, 1997, n.48, pp.35-39.

Russian Reality. The End of Intelligentsia. Flash Art. International Edition. Summer 1996, pp.104-107.

Viktor Misiano's Responce to An Open Letter to the Art World. SIKSI, XI,?2, Summer 1996, pp. 80-81

Choosing To Be Jewish. Russian Jewish Artists in Century of Change. 1890-1990. (Catalogue) . Jewish Museum, New York. Prestel. Munich-New York. 1995

"Introductory Notes" to Vadim Fishkin's "One-Men Show". Vadim Fishkin (catalogue) . Mala Galerija. Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, 1995

Yuri Leiderman's negative ontology. Yuri leiderman. La route Jura-Paris (catalogue). CCC/Galerie Michel Rein, Tours, France, 1995

Fatal Strategies. No Man's Land (Catalogue). Copenhagen Contemporary art Center NICOLAJ, Copenhagen,1995, pp. 69-85.

Поэтика "AEC": говорить о теле ("AES"'s poetics: To Speak about Body). Телесное пространство (Body Stace) (catalogue). Moscow, 1995, p. 30-32.

From Urbs repressivum to Urbs paranoicum. Urbanaria (Catalogue), Ljubljana (Slovenia), 1994.

Кто? Кого? Когда? (Who? Whom?When?). "Художественный журнал" ("Moscow Art Magazine"), Moscow, 1994, n. 3, p. 5 (and as: Kdo? Koga? Kam? (Who? Whom? When?). Maska, Ljubljana, 1994, n. IV,3,4,5, pp. 26-27.)

"Вступление без названия" ("Introduction Without Title"). Конформисты" ("Conformists"). Alexandr Brener, Bogdan Mamonov (Catalogue), Moscow, 1994

Die Kuratorenwerkstatt. "Bellow Papers". Internationale Strategien. Vol.1, Jahrgans 1994, No.2 p.139

Русская коллекция "Европейского банка" ("Russian Collection of the "European Bank". "Художественный журнал" ("Moscow Art Magazine"), Moscow, 1993, n. 1, p.12

Тонущая Венеция (Drowing Venice). "Художественный журнал" ("Moscow Art Magazine"), Moscow, 1993, n. 1, p.34-37

Anatoli Osmolovski: Clown Patetico. Flash Art. Edizione Italiana. Vol.XXVI, Summer 1993, p.96

Moskovska umelecka scena – afekty a utopia. "Ubergenge" (Catalogue), Bratislava. 1994 pp.13-15

Cool Reflections II. Identity-selfhood (Catalogue) . Helsinki. 1993. pp.7-9

Интервью Виктора Мизиано с Валерием Айзенбергом (Interview of Viktor Misiano with Valery Aisenberg). Валерий Айзенберг. Songs невинности и опыта (catalogue). Moscow. Рос Apт Мастер,1992, pp.3-22

Искусство после... (The Art after...). Collection d'Art Contemporain. Rinaco (catalogue). Moscow. 1993

Феномен "Риджины" ("Regina" Fenomenon). Риджина. Cентябрь 1990-июль 1992 (catalogue). Moscow, Regina. 1993, pp. 2-5

Cool Reflections. Mecто печати. Москва, 1993 N 4 стр. 32-34

Faraway to Ideology. Flash Art. International Edition, Vol. XXY, n.6, October 1992, pp.70-72

Anatolij Shuravlev. Anatolij Shuravlev (catalogue). Kunstler Haus, Bethanien,1992.

Эстетизация эротики.Эротизапция эстетики (Aesthetisation of Erotic, Erotisation of Aesthetics). Искусствo кино, Moscow, n.7, 1992, pp.45-49

Elaimellisia Intohimoja (Bastial Passions). Taide, Helsinki, 1992, n.4, pp.48-50.

Pictor Post-Historicus. Arnold Mesches. E.M.Donahue Gallery, New.York., 1991, pp. 1-7

Old Fascioned Pashion. Flash Art. International Edition, Vol. XXIV, Nr. 158, May-June 1991, pp.110-113

Evghenij Mitta, Aidan Salakhova. Flash Art. Edizione Italiana, Anno XXIV, Nr. 163, Estate 1991, pp. 74-76

Andrej Roiter. Andrej Roiter (catalogue). Amsterdam, Aschenbach Gallery, 1990.

Perz. Kunstforum. Bd. 106, Maerz/April, 1990, pp. 191-192

The Regeneration. Made in Formani. Current Soviet Avant-Garde Art (Catalogue). City Gallery, Melbourne, 1990, pp. 4-5

Ars Post Mortem. Flash Art. International Edition, Vol. XXIII, N 153, Summer 1990, pp. 130-133

Андеграунд вчера. А что сегодня? (Underground Yesterday, and What About Today?). Декоративное искусство, 1990, N 10, pp. 21-24

Moscou – Paris, nouvelle rencontre (Moscow – Paris, The New Meeting). Perestroik' Art: les couleurs de la transparence, Paris, 1990

От "метафизической живописи к "тональному периоду". Поэтика творчества Джорджо Моранди. (From "The Metaphysical Painting" to the "Tonal Period." The Poetics of Giorgio Morandi's art). Советское искусствознание, Moscow, 1990

Джорджо Де Кирико и проблема художественной традиции. (Giorgio De Chirico and the Problem of Artistic Tradition). Труды ГМИИ им. А.С.Пушкина. Moscow,1990

"Зона жизни " ("Zone of Life"). Искусство, N.1, 1990

L'arte sovietica alla ricerca di una nuova identita (Soviet Art on its Way to a New Identity). Artisti russi contemporani (catalogue), Florence – Prato, 1990

Marc Chagall. Arte e Dossier (Dossier Chagall), Florence, N.39, October, 1989

The Carnival of Power. Contemporanea. International Art Magazine, Torino – New York, N.14, February 1990

Die Poetik der Schwerlosigkeit (The Poetics of Weightlessness). Moskau-Wien- New York. Kunt zur Zeit (catalogue), Vienna, REMA print, 1989

Photographers Without Photography. Contemporanea. International Arts Magazine, Torino – New York, N.10, September 1989

10+10. Contemporary Soviet and American Painters. Henry N...Abrams Inc., New York and Aurora Publishers, Leningrad,1989

Unorthodox Russians. Contemporanea. International Art Magazine, Torino – New York, N.8, June 1989

L'Occident a l'interieur de soi-meme (The West Inside Me). Art-Press, Paris, N.135, April 1989

Arts and Letters. Interview with Dmitry Prigov. Contemporanea. International Art Magazine, Torino – New York, January/February 1989

Al fin nos descubrieron! (Finally We Are Discovered!). El Pais, Madrid, July 16, 1988

Les chocs de la perestrojka (The Shock of Perestroika). Les Cahiers du Musee National d'Art Modern, Paris, N.26, 1988

La photographie d'art sovietique des annes 70-80 (The Artistic Photography of the Seventies and Eighties). Un regard sur la photographie sovietique contemporaine, Paris, Editions de comtoir de la photographie, 1988

Visage de Russie (The Image of Russia). Le Monde, Photo, Supplement of N.13607, October 1988

La photographie sovietique en quete d'identite (Soviet Photography in Search of Identity). Art-Press, Paris, N.130,1988

Pat und Patachon der moskauer Avantgarde. (Pat and Patachon of the Moscow Avant-Garde). Grazer Kunstverein (catalogue), Graz, 1988

Dingwards. Objekt in der sowietischen gegenwarts Kunst. (Toward the Thing. Object in Soviet Contemporary Art). Bildende Kunst, Berlin, Heft 9, 1988

Back in the USSR. Contemporanea. International Art Magazine, Torino – New York, N.1, 1988

Erik Bulatov und die Moskauer Schule (Erik Bulatov and the Moscow School). Eric Bulatov (catalogue), Zurich and London, Parkett Verlag, 1988

Ein "Kindergarten" fur Kinder vorgerueckten Alters (A "Kindergarten" for Aged Children). Durch, Graz, N.2, 1987

От ремесла к искусству. Портретное творчество Моисея Наппельбаума. (From Craft to Art. Portraits by Moissey Nappelbaum). Искусство . Moscow, N.11, 1986

Предмет в творчестве Джорджо Моранди. (The Object in the Art of Giorgio Morandi). Вещь в искусстве. ГМИИ им.A.C.Пушкина, Moscow, 1986

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