III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art 2012


10.07 - 19.08.2012

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“Under A Tinsel Sun”

Founders: Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Department of Culture of the City of Moscow, National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA).
Organized by: National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA)
In collaboration with Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.).

Oficial partner

Central House of Artists
(10, Krymsky Val)
July 11 – August 10, 2012

Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA)
(17, Ermolayevsky Lane)
July 12 – August 18, 2012

National Center for Contemporary Art (NCCA)
(13, Zoologicheskaya Street)
July 12 – August 12, 2012

The III Moscow International Biennale For Young Art, one of the major international art events in Moscow, will enrich the city’s cultural scene for the third time in Summer 2012. The Biennale’s entering competition took place in September-December 2011 and attracted over 2700 proposals by young artists and curators under 35 from 77 countries. Alongside with the Main and the Strategic projects featuring works selected by two different curators in the course of the announced competition, the Biennale will present Parallel and Special programs approved by the curators and organizers of the event. In addition, current Biennale will include a vast range of educational and academic activities.
The international status of the Biennale plays an important role allowing the integration of the young Russian art in the international context and defining the perspectives for a transnational artistic dialogue.

The Biennale’s Chief Curator Kathrin Becker is a Berlin based art historian currently working as the head of the Video-Forum at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.). Alongside with a vast number of major exhibitions in Berlin, New York, Barcelona, and Prague, Becker curated solo shows by Louise Bourgeois, Maryam Jafri, Matthias Muller, Artur Zmijewski, Andrei Monastyrsky, Dmitri Prigov, David Zink Yi, and many other renowned artists.

Denoting its theme Under A Tinsel Sun, the Main project of the Biennale will be hosted at the Central House of Artists. The title chosen for the project reflects the key problem of this year’s concept – the indistinguishability of what is “real” and what is “fake”, the lack of self-identity amidst the world rapidly medialized, and the unlimited range of artistic options without a consistent way for development. According to the curatorial concept the audience will be introduced to a multimedia project showing relevant perspectives of the young generation of artists, its specific diversity of methods, languages and styles. In general, the Biennale will address the problem of artists’ self-positioning, and the context of their activity.
The Main project includes works by 98 individual artists and members of artist collectives from 32 countries, of which 11 are from Russia, 7 from Germany, 6 from USA, 6 from Austria, 4 from Pakistan, 4 from South Africa, 3 from Israel, 3 from Great Britain, 3 from Iran, along with artists from Azerbaijan, Argentina, Belarus, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Georgia, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam.

The Biennale’s Strategic project entitled “Inconclusive Analysis” will be displayed at two venues: at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and at the National Centre for Contemporary Art in Moscow. The project will be curated by Elena Selina, a well-known Russian art historian, critic, and gallery owner. The project incorporates works by 71 authors from 33 countries. The main aim of the Strategic project is to study the status of young art today, and to determine the main tendencies and trends, thus presenting the context of contemporary young artists’ activities. Therewith the “Inconclusive Analysis” provides much needed exposure opportunity for those not included in the Main project.

The Special program of Curatorial projects was formed by Kathrin Becker in collaboration with the Biennale’s organizers subsequent to the results of the contest open to both curators and curatorial groups. Among 56 applications from 15 countries were submissions from USA, Poland, Latvia, Iran, Belgium, France, China, et al. The 17 projects selected for the Special program will be displayed at various venues in Moscow.
The Special program circumscribes the actual range of methods and problems approached by young curators in the present-day world. One of its main objectives is introducing the wider audience to the product of collaboration between the curators along with the artists of the young generation.

The Parallel program includes 9 projects by young artists and curators along with 2 festivals, one of which presenting a range of short films while the other one consists of a series of events turning to contemporary street art and modes of creating a new urban interface. According to the Biennale’s terms the projects accepted to the Parallel program may be realized at any venue without the need of complying with the main theme of the Biennale. However, the projects are a subject for approval by the organizers of the event.
A number of the Parallel program exhibitions are scheduled to open earlier than the main project of the Biennale allowing the audience to explore the range of topics approached by contemporary young artists and the relevant context of their activity. Furthermore, the festivals included in the program will present alternative art forms such as street-art and short films thus expanding the formal framework of the Biennale.

The Educational program consists of various formats including round tables, lectures, workshops, and film screenings. The program aims to encourage an intensive dialogue between artists, curators, art-historians, gallery owners, collectors, critics, art-students, and the wider audience. The diversity of professionals participating in the Educational program of the Biennale will allow a discursive involvement towards artistic, theoretical, and curatorial approaches

The program presents two round table discussions:
“The multiplicity of reality in contemporary art practice” & “Reality fights back: Drastic shifts in economy and politics and the consequences for contemporary art practice”

The Educational program includes the following international and Russian participants: Bridget Baker (artist, London), Ekaterina Degot (curator, Moscow), Julia Draganovic (curator, Modena), Christopher Eamon (curator, writer, New York), Shahram Entekhabi (artist, Berlin / Tehran), Niklas Goldbach (artist, Berlin), Kathy Rae Huffman (curator, Long Beach / Berlin), Adrienne Goehler (curator, Berlin), Rémy Markowitsch (artist, Berlin / Zurich), Alexei Maslyaev (art-critic, MMOMA researcher, Moscow), Melentie Pandilovski (director, Video Pool Video Arts Centre, Winnipeg), Olga Shishko (curator, writer, Moscow), Aneta Szylak (director, Wyspa, Gdansk), Dmitry Vilensky (artist, member of Chto delat? art group, St. Petersburg), Thomas Werner (professor, Parsons The New School for Design, New York).

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