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The Ministry of Culture and Mass Communication, the Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography and the Moscow Biennale Art Foundation present the Second Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. It will be held from March 1 to April 1, 2007.

Commissioner: Joseph Backstein.

Curators of the main project: Joseph Backstein, Daniel Birnbaum, Iara Boubnova, Nicolas Bourriaud, Fulya Erdemci, Gunnar B. Kvaran, Rosa Martínez and Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Advisory Board: Zdenka Badovinac, Director of the 'Galerija Moderna' in Ljubljana, Slovenia; Saskia Bos, Dean of the School of Art at the Cooper Union in New York City; Kasper König, Director of the Museum Ludwig, Köln; Jean-Hubert Martin, Director of the Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf.

The exhibition program of the Second Moscow Biennale will comprise 5 main exhibitions, more than 25 special projects and 8 shows of special guests.

The main project of the Biennale will be hosted by three exhibition spaces of the Russian capital: the Schusev State Museum of Architecture and the TSUM Shopping Center, the Spiridonov’s house. The total exhibition space will be approximately 10,000 sq m.

Unlike the First Moscow Biennale, the international team of curators will present a number of shows produced by individual curators or groups of curators instead of a common collective project. All these projects will share the common theme of FOOTNOTES on Geopolitics, Market, and Amnesia, and will present the works of more than 80 artists. The organizers believe that the structure of the main project, which can be figuratively compared to a book divided into chapters, will help spectators review the issues that will be presented from various points of view.

The program of the special projects of the Second Moscow Biennale has the objective of offering visitors the most extensive picture of contemporary art in Russia and the post-Soviet space. Its shows will be conducted at almost all of Moscow’s traditional exhibition spaces: the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the National Center for Contemporary Art, the M’Ars Contemporary Art Center, the Moscow Art Center, the New Manege Exhibition Hall, the exhibition hall of the Ekaterina Foundation, the Vinzavod cultural center, the Proekt_Fabrika exhibition center, the ArtStrelka cultural center, the ART4.RU Museum of Actual Art and others. Negotiations are underway to hold one of the Biennale's special projects at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.

Highlights among the special projects of the Biennale include a show of Russian and Chinese Sotsart prepared by Andrey Yerofeyev in charge of the contemporary art department at the State Tretyakov Gallery; "The Great Turning-Point," a project by Ekaterina Dyogot; "Urbanist Formalism," a project at the Contemporary City foundation, curated by Yevgenia Kikodze, and projects of artists from countries of the CIS, curated by Lolita Jablonskiene and Valeria Ibrayeva.

Works of international artists of world renown will be presented as a program entitled "Special Guests of the Biennale". The personal shows of the following artists will be held in Moscow with the support of embassies and cultural institutions of the corresponding countries: Darren Almond, Valie Export, Yoko Ono, Pipilotti Rist, Jeff Wall, Luca Pancrazzi , Komar and Melamid, Robert Wilson.

The organizers of the Second Moscow Biennale plan to put special emphasis on the educational program. A number of meetings, conferences and debates will be held in conjunction with the Biennale, and a two-volume catalogue devoted to the main and special projects of the Biennale will be published.


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