22.04 - 23.04.2015

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This year among priorities of the Arsenal there are matters related to the research of the “spirit of the place” (“genius loci”) through contemporary art.

Besides the exhibition “High Hopes Museum” and research project “Nizhny Novgorod: an attempt of contemporary description”, a series of events is followed by the interdisciplinary seminar “Contemporary Art and Local Context” focused on the discussion of the interaction between local history, museum activities and contemporary art.
The seminar will provide a platform for a professional discussion and analysis of already existing experience of Russian and foreign institutions, art and curatorial projects. It will host eminent Russian and foreign curators, museum and gallery directors, art historians and art critics.

Within the framework of the seminar, a concert “Imaginary Folklore” takes place. It's a compositor's research that introduces folk features of the traditional culture into actual context.

• Goethe Institute
• The Austrian Cultural Forum Moscow
• Embassy of Kingdom of Norway in Russia
• Embassy of France in Russia
• Institut Français
• Alliance Française in Nizhny Novgorod

Preliminary accreditation of mass media journalists: 8(831) 422-75-558(831) 422-75-55
ADDRESS: Arsenal, Nizhny Novgorod, Kremlin, building 6



Program of museum interdisciplinary seminar “Contemporary Art and Local Contexts”

April, 22
11:30 – 13:00 Tour of the Arsenal building, tour of the “High Hopes Museum” – the first exhibition at the renewed building

14:00 – 15:30 Discussion “Territory of the local: production of the history,
the contemporaneity, the future”
- Iara Boubnova “Street meetings of politics and art that might be destined to make history”
- Georg Schollhammer “U.F.O.”
- Noemi Smolik “Local Art In The Global World Or What Can Parody Do?”
- Snejana Krasteva
Moderator – Alisa Prudnikova

16:00 – 18:00 Presentations “Experience of the contemporary: policy of museums in regions”.
- Blandine Chavanne “Nantes Fine Art museum: one actor of the cultural and economic
local development?”
- Andreas Hoffmann “The unlocated gallery: a nomadic principle as an invitation to interactivity”
- Sergey Kovalevsky “The square of the world in Krasnoyarsk: the platform of historical,
spatial and social imagination”
- Julia Tavrizian “Contemporary art as a means to represent documentary material
in an art museum”
- Catherine de Zegher “Here and Now. Empathising with Place and Community in the Present”.
Moderator – Anna Gor

18:30 – 19:30 Concert of hypothetic music “Imaginary folklore”
Author of project composer Alexei Shmurak

19:30 – 21:00 Opening party

April, 23
10:00 – 11:30 Walking tours around the old town of Nizhny Novgorod (Start at the hotel Azimut – finish at Arsenal)

12:00 – 14:00 Presentations “How to make the history of a place and its people interesting to
the global public: practice of the contemporary art”
- Joseph Backstein “Location: actual gesture and its context”
- Eugenia Kikodze “Shargorod /Rafinad – a residence for artists and a collection of contemporary art”
- Nelya Korzhova “Shiryaevo biennale – the context of time”
- Maria Veits “How to make history relevant: preserving the memory and heritage through contemporary art” (by the example of the "Critical mass")
Moderator - Elena Kolovskaya

15:00 – 17:00 Roundtable discussion “Museum as an interdisciplinary forum:
society, economy, artists”
- Blanche Grinbaum Salgas “Museum policy in France: from Francois I till today”
- Kirill Kobrin “The starting point: how and where to describe the city”
- Gerfried Stocker “Art, Technology and Society”
- Olesya Turkina “A museum: between the angel of history and the demon of utopia”

Moderator – Olga Shishko


 JosephBackstein, curator, art critic, director of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow
 Leonid Bazhanov, artistic director of the National centre for contemporary art (Moscow)
 Vladimir Beresnev, curator, head of the department of photography Perm Art Gallery
 Iara Boubnova, curator, director of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Sofia
 Anna Gor, director of the NCCA Volga-Vyatka region branch
 Blandine Chavanne, director of the Nantes Museum of fine Arts (France)
 Vladislav Efimov, artist, photographer, curator of exhibition “High Hopes Museu”
 Blanche Grinbaum Salgas, managing expert of French museums at the Ministry of Culture
 Andreas Hoffmann, curator, art director «Pikene på Broen» (Kirkenes)
 Alexander Izvekov, editor of the magazine “Garage Russia”
 Eugenia Kikodze, art critic, director of «Modern Moscow» Moscow City Museum
 Kirill Kobrin, historian, art critic, editor of “NZ” (London)
 Sergey Kovalevsky, art director of the Krasnoyarsk Museum Centre, curator of The Krasnoyarsk International Museum Biennale
 Elena Kolovskaya, director of the Foundation “Pro Arte” (St. Petersburg)
 Nelya Korzova, curator of Shiryaevo biennale , curator Central Volga branch of the National centre for contemporary art (Samara)
 Snejana Krasteva, curator Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow)
 Alisa Prudnikova, curator, director of the Ural branch of the National Center for Contemporary Art (Yekaterinburg)
 Alisa Savitskaya, head of exhibition department, curator of exhibition “High Hopes Museu”
 Hedwig Saxenhuber, freelance curator and co-editor of the arts periodical “Springerin”, artistic director of The School of Kyiv - The Biennale 2015 in Kyiv.
 Georg Schöllhammer, curator, founding editor of the arts periodical “Springerin”, head of “” and artistic director of The School of Kyiv - The Biennale 2015 in Kyiv.
 Noemi Smolik, art critic, art historian (Cologne)
 Olga Shishko, curator, director of the Center of Culture and Art “MediaArtLab” (Moscow)
 Gerfried Stocker, artist and managing director of Ars Electronica Linz
 Julia Tavrizyan, director of Perm Art Gallery
 Olesya Turkina, leading curator, critic and researcher at The Newest Trends Department at the Russian Museum (St. Petersburg)
 Maria Veitz, curator, founder of Creative association of curators “TOK” (St. Petersburg)
 Catherine de Zegher, curator, director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent (Belgium)

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