Interdisciplinary project

27.11.2015 - 31.12.2017

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In November 2015 National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center will present the project THE HUMAN CONDITION.

Artistic director of the project - Viktor Misiano - is one of the most authoritative Russian experts in the field of contemporary arts, curator, art theorist.

The title of this project programmatically refers to the namesake book by Hannah Arendt, whose philosophical thought tried to answer the key question of the past century – how to be and stay Human in the face of the drama of History. The idea of this project comes out of the assumption that the anthropological problematic once again draws close attention or, in other words, the Human today once again becomes one of the central cultural issues. One of the explanations for this “anthropological turn” can be the experience of high completeness of contemporary reality, so common to today’s world view, and its irreducibility to simple definitions and exhaustive interpretations. Thus the Human – his direct and present experience in the face of the inconceivable world - becomes the initial and the final point of the actual picture of the world.

The project combines research, exhibition and discussion formats. Exhibitions implemented in the framework of the project will be the starting points for discussion and analysis. They will be accompanied by workshops, video screenings, lectures, workshops, poetry readings, performative action and so forth.

Among the participants of the project THE HUMAN CONDITION - representatives from more than 50 countries of Western and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Asia, North and South America.

The project «The Human condition» consists of seven sections (sessions), each of which will include a symposium, lectures, master classes and an exhibition, and is supposed to unfold in time and space over four years at different NCCA and partner venues:

Session 1
26 November 2015 – 31 January 2016 | NCCA
LIMITS OF THE HUMAN. Human, inhuman, overhuman, antihuman

Session 2
September 2016 | MMOMA
HUMAN AND THE “OTHERS”. Love, friendship, suspicion, aversion

Session 3
May 2017 | Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center
SEARCHING FOR A PLACE. Home, homeless, travel, refugeeness

Session 4
Autumn 2017 | NCCA
TELEOLOGY OF THE HUMAN. Biography, destiny, hope, faith

Session 5
2018 | MMOMA
VITA ACTIVA VITA CONTEMPLATIVA. Labor, duty, leisure, idleness

Session 6
2018 | Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center
TIME AND SENSES. Trauma, memory, oblivion, knowledge

Session 7
HUMAN PASSIONS. Happiness, joy, fear, anxiety


Download program of the 1st session


rganizers: National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center

Partners: The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Goethe-Institut in Moscow, The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia*, The Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Institut Français in Moscow, The Embassy of France in Russian Federation, The Embassy of the State of Israel in Russian Federation, Balassi Institute - the Hungarian Cultural Centre, The Royal Netherlands Embassy in Russian Federation, Artwin Gallery

*This project is part of a cultural exchange programme between Switzerland and Russia initiated by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. Further details about Swiss made in Russia. Contemporary Cultural Exchanges 2013-2015 at

Official transportation company: Voerman Russia

Media partners: Radio Culture, The Art Newspaper Russia, Iskusstvo, Theory&Practice,

Artistic director of the project: Viktor Misiano

Co-curators of exhibition program: Daria Pyrkina, Elena Yaichnikova

Coordinators: Natalia Gerasina, Olga Demina












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