Qui vive? I Moscow International Biennale for Young Art


01.07 - 30.07.2008, 19:00-19:00

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Program: [The new generation]

Main curator: [Daria Pyrkina]


Ministry culture of the Russian Federation

Moscow Department of Culture

National Centre for Contemporary Arts

Moscow Museum of Modern Art


National Centre for Contemporary Arts

Moscow Museum of Modern Art

Stella Art Foundation

Strategic partners:

State Tretyakov Gallery, Contemporary Art Center Winzavod, Centre for contemporary arts MARS,

Art camp Veretevo


FABRIKA_PROJECT, RuArts Foundation, Art-strelka Cultural entre, ERA Foundation, Zverevsky Center for Contemporary Arts, Contemporary City Foundation, Russian State University for Humanities, Art&Science Space LABORATORIA, CINE FANTOM club, Soljanka club, Justo club


Regina Gallery, Aidan Gallery, M&Y Guelman Gallery, Gallery.Photographer.ru, FotoLoft Gallery, Obrami i poves Gallery, Atelier 2 Gallery, E.K Art bureau, VOLGA Gallery, L-Gallery, Fine-art Gallery, VKHUTEMAS Gallery, RU.LITVIN Gallery, Artstrelka-Projects, Oriental Gallery

With the help of:

The European Union, The Delegation of the European Commission to Russia

Biennale for Young Art Qui vive? is one of the largest and most ambitious projects to be realized on the Moscow art scene in field of contemporary art today. The Biennale unites creative initiatives from all over Russia, the Former Soviet Republics and other countries; the leading art centers of Moscow in collaboration with regional and foreign partners participate in it.


Daria Kamyshnikova, Director of Free Workshops Contemporary Art School under the aegis of Moscow Museum of Modern Art

Vladimir Levashov, Art Director of Stella Art Foundation

Irina Yashkova, curator of Contemporary Art Centre MArs

Anna Zaitseva, Head of non-commercial exhibition programme of the Contemporary Art Centre Winzavod

Main programme of the Biennale will be formed by the Curatorial Committee as a result of open call for proposals. Key criterion for curators choice is not only the age of the artists, but also the stadium of their creative activity. We mean the spirit, the pathos of young art, creative shot, new vision and method. We say Qui vive? to the young artists calling them to stop their Brownian agitation for a while and to think of where it is to lead them, to articulate their artistic and conceptual positions. Calling them to answer the question Qui vive?, Who is coming?

Artworks made by artists of new generation under 35 years old, who work in field of contemporary arts using the new strategies, concepts and technologies can be proposed for participation in the Biennale (individual, collective or within curated projects); in some solitary cases according to the decision of the Curatorial Committee the age limitations can be slightly superseded. Preference will be given to the artists who havent yet had large one-man shows.

Exhibitions of the Biennale will take place in different spaces in Moscow, including the leading institutions: National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Big and Small halls), Moscow Museum of Modern Art (buildings on Petrovka str., Ermolaevsky pereulok, Zurab galley), State Tretyakov Gallery, Contemporary Art Center Winzavod, FABRIKA_PROJECT, Stella Art Foundation, Centre for contemporary arts MARS, MediaArtLab, RuArts art foundation, Art-strelka Culture Centre, ERA Foundation, Zverevsky Contemporary Arts Center for and others.

Besides the projects formed by the Curatorial Committee there is a special exhibition programme consisting of project by guest curators planned; as well as public-art projects, special performance programme, videoscreenings, concerts in the leading clubs of the city and outdoors.

After final selection of participating projects a catalogue will be published.

In 2008 the Qui vive? Biennale will take place for the first time, but the idea of such a project has certain history and experience.

Qui vive? International Young Art Festival initiated by the National Centre for Contemporary Arts has been held annually from 2002 till 2006 and now it taking Biennale format. A number of partners join the project: institutions and free-lance curators, who are interested in development of emerging art. Various, but having the same aim initiatives unite in a wide-scale project. Its purpose is to support and stimulate development of the artists of new generation and demonstrate the emerging artworks to the public.

The programme of the Biennale is addressed to people of all ages, to the increasing number of Russian and foreign art-lovers who follow the evolution of ongoing contemporary art process. The Biennale attracts interest of professional art community: art historians, critics, curators and galerists, who are searching for new talents and make book on long-term perspectives.

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