Moscow Biennale

3rd Moscow Biennale 2009

25 Sep - 25 Oct 2009

3 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art
25 September - 25 October 2009

The Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art was established in 2003 as a part of the federal program “Culture of Russia. 2001-2006”. It is one of the most important cultural events organized under the aegis of the Russian government.

The First Moscow Biennale (January 28 –February 28, 2005) generated great response both in Russia and abroad, and made serious steps towards becoming a respectable international event. The main exhibition, “Dialectics of Hope”, presented projects by 41 artists from 22 countries, the idea behind the project was in defining the 21st century visual arts movement. There was also a number of special projects introducing trends in the Russian contemporary art. The Biennale’s special projects and parallel program included over 50 exhibitions opening an unprecedented showcase of Russian actual art as well as European, American and Asian visual artists.

The Second Moscow Biennale (March 1 –April 1, 2007) proved the success of this large international show. The main project titled “FOOTNOTES on Geopolitics, Market and Amnesia” showed works of 115 artists from 20 countries. 5 exhibitions of the main project united by one theme were realized by different curators and curatorial teams. The project featured the shows organized at 40 venues including The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow Contemporary Art Center Winzavod, Moscow Museum of Modern Art.

The 3rd Biennale will open its doors from September 24 to October 25 at the Garage Center of Contemporary Culture. The commissioner of the Biennale is Joseph Backstein, main project curator is Jean Hubert Martin, and organizing committee lists the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Moscow Government, State Museum and Exhibition Centre ROSIZO and Moscow Biennale Art Foundation. The exhibition program of the Third Moscow Biennale will feature the Main Project presenting 80 artists from Europe, USA, Asia, South America, Africa and Oceania, more than 39 special projects and 7 special guests shows. The total exhibition area will exceed 10,000 square meters.

Curatorial Team:
Jean-Hubert Martin
Joseph Backstein
Olivier Varenne


Main Project:

Marina Abramovich
Aji V.N.
Yury Albert
Ghada Amer
El Anatsui
Yoshita Azuma
José Bedia
Michel Blazy
Blue Noses
Céleste Boursier-Mougenot
Alexander Brodsky
Frédéric Bruly Bouabré
Berlinde de Bruyckere
Christoph Büchel
Chéri Chérin
Chéri Samba
Sheba Chhachhi
Ivan Chuikov
Tony Cragg
Stephen Dean
Wim Delvoye
Braco Dimitrijevic
Atul Dodiya
Anita Dube
Gloria Friedmann
Dmitry Gutov
Fiona Hall
Aspassio Haronitaki
Romuald Hazoumé
Leni Hoffmann
Huang Yong Ping
Jean-Olivier Hucleux
Alfredo Jaar
Anish Kapoor
William Kentridge
Valery Koshlyakov
Agatoak Ronny Kowspi
Juul Kraijer
Samuel Kane Kwei
Jean-Jacques Lebel
Alexander Lobanov
Heinz Mack
Esther Mahlangu
Djambawa Marawili
Erina Matsui
Annette Messager
Vik Muniz
Doreen Reid Nakamarra
Anatoly Osmolovsky
Mike Parr
Pavel Pepperstein
Julius Popp
Markus Raetz
Ravinder G Reddy
Reynold Reynolds
Claude Rutault
Conrad Shawcross
Chiharu Shiota
Yinka Shonibare
Jason Shulman
Roman Signer
Haim Sokol
Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger
Sun Yuan & Peng Yu
Wolfgang Tillmans
Cyprien Tokoudagba
Dmitry Tsvetkov
Spencer Tunick
Koen Vanmechelen
Stanislav Volyazlovsky
Regina Pilawuk Wilson
Nawurapu Wunungmurra
Erwin Wurm
Soichi Yamaguchi
Yang Jiechang
Afghan Carpets

Special Guests:

The Special Guest program presents personal expositions of the outstanding contemporary artists. The important figures of the modern art scene.

Olga Chernysheva, Russia
Project: Present - Past
Venue: BAIBAKOV art projects

Antony Gormley , Great Britain
Project: Domain Field
Venue: The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture Moscow
Dates: July 16 – September 2, 2009

Project: Event Horizon
Venue and dates to be specified

Michail Grobman, Israel
Project: The Metamorphoses of Collage
Curators: Lola Kantor-Kazovsky
Venue: Moscow Museum of Modern Art, 25, Petrovka str.

Bertrand Lavier, France
Curators: Bernard Marcadé, Maria Kravtsova
Venue and dates to be specified

Atelier Van Lieshout, The Netherlands
Project: Slave City – Cradle to Cradle
Curators: Sabine Maria Schmidt, Anna Zaytseva
Venue: WINZAVOD, Moscow Contemporary Art Center

Vladimir Sichov, Russia
Curator: Anna Chudetskaya
Venues: The State Tretyakov Gallery, 10, Krymsky Val, Gallery of the Foundation "Art Promotion Society"

Vladimir Tarasov, Russia
Project: Sound Games
Curator: Olga Sviblova, Ekaterina Kondranina
Venue: MAMM - Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

Luc Tuymans, Belgium
Project: Against the Day
Venue: BAIBAKOV art projects, Red October

Tags: AES+F, Ghada Amer, El Anatsui, José Bedia, Michel Blazy, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, Alexander Brodsky, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Christoph Büchel, Olga Chernysheva, Sheba Chhachhi, Ivan Chuikov, Tony Cragg, Stephen Dean, Wim Delvoye, Braco Dimitrijevic, Atul Dodiya, Anita Dube, Gloria Friedmann, Antony Gormley, Dmitry Gutov, Fiona Hall, Romuald Hazoumé, Alfredo Jaar, Yang Jiechang, Anish Kapoor, William Kentridge, Kimsooja, Valery Koshlyakov, Juul Kraijer, Bertrand Lavier, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger, Atelier van Lieshout, Alexander Lobanov, Heinz Mack, Erina Matsui, Annette Messager, Vik Muniz, Blue Noses, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Mike Parr, Pavel Pepperstein, Huang Yong Ping, Julius Popp, Markus Raetz, Reynold Reynolds, Claude Rutault, Chéri Samba, Sabine Maria Schmidt, Conrad Shawcross, Chiharu Shiota, Yinka Shonibare, Roman Signer, A.L. Steiner, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tunga, Luc Tuymans, Erwin Wurm, Ai Yamaguchi, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Sun Yuan + Peng Yu