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1 june 2007
Bug's Eye View
Yoko Ono's first exhibition in Moscow shows how a cockroach might view human
// By Marina Kamenev, The MOSCOW TIMES
Nearly three decades after John Lennon was shot, the word "imagine" is still part of Yoko Ono's rhetoric. The world's best-known widow came to Moscow this week to present an exhibition that magines peace and depicts life through the eyes of a cockroach. Russian journalists wore their John Lennon memorabilia to a Tuesday news conference dedicated to the opening of "Odyssey of a Cockroach," a latecomer to this year's Moscow Biennale, most of which place in March. The exhibition at TsUM is a set of installations that evoke the doom and gloom of 20th-century society. It has previously been hown in New York and London.

15 march 2007
Moscow Biennale: Footnote No. 2 // Mikhail Bode, Kultura, vol. 10 (7571), March 15-21, 2007
Mikhail Shvydkoy, the head of Roskultura, flourished a new definition of contemporary art at the press-conference held on the eve of the Second Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art: Art that does not arouse dispute is an object for pathologists study.

12 march 2007
Well Roasted Telephone // Kara Miskaryan, Ogonyok, 11 1218 march 2007
Moscow has been given to artists till the start of April: the Second Moscow Biennale opened here. Almost nobody understands contemporary art, but everybody goes to see it. Why?

9 march 2007
Moscow biennale pokes fun at consumers and politicians // Sophia Kishkovsky, Herald Tribune, march 9, 2007
MOSCOW: The art of shopping, rather than art, might be foremost on the minds of shoppers at TSUM, the Moscow department store, but they have a surprise awaiting them as they round the corner from racks of Armani Junior and Miss Blumarine childrenswear.

5 march 2007
Piling Station
The Second Biennale of Contemporary Art in Moscow
// Sergey Khachaturov, Vremya Novostey, Vol. 38 March 05, 2007
As a matter of fact, there is nothing to feel proud about here. When a biennale of contemporary art is organized in the country, it just confirms that the country is civilized and open to the world. Can one be so proud just because he or she washes hands before dinner and uses a handkerchief? The biennale explores the socium, ethics and aesthetics, makes a diagnosis of the society. And the organization of such a festival is an ordinary, normal process.

5 march 2007
Amnesia: View from the Top // Sergey Safonov, Gazeta, vol. 39 of March 5, 2007
The main project of the Second Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art has been opened.
As it was promised, both venues allocated for the display of the main project of the regular Moscow art event titled Footnotes: Geopolitics, Markets, Amnesia welcomed first curious visitors with the start of the spring.

5 march 2007
Color the Picture // Zhanna Vasilyeva, Itogi, vol. 10 (560), March 5, 2007
An unofficial motto of the present Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art is: you can have no talent, but you must be actual.

2 march 2007
Moscow Gave Itself up to Artists // Igor Grebelnikov, Friday, March 2, 2007, vol. 37 (1811)
The Second Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art was launched on the first of March featuring dozens of shows, hundreds of artworks. But the choice of the show to visit is not an easy matter for there you and its authors are supposed to tackle your own and other persons problems.

1 march 2007
The Zone of High Classified Risk // Milena Orlova, Kommersant, vol. 32 (3608) of March 01, 2007
The Second Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art is to be officially and solemnly opened today in Moscow. Mikhail Shvydkoy, the patron of the Biennale, will have to think of a new joke for his opening day speech, something that could justify in the eyes of respectable public the waste of government money on such an outrage as the biennale of classified risk this term coined by the Moscow art critics provides the best description of this situation. So MILENA ORLOVA came to help the ex-minister.

28 february 2007
Moscou dans le coup // Lorraine MILLOT, Libération
Le 1er mars s'ouvre la deuxième Biennale de Moscou. Longtemps méprisé par les tenants tout-puissants de l'académisme postsocialiste, l'art contemporain russe dispose désormais de lieux et de fonds.

22 february 2007
There is no such notion as a great artist today
//The commissioner of the Moscow Biennale shared his views upon contemporary art with us. Anna Narinskaya heard him out.
// Anna Narinskay, Kommersant, Weekend Issue of February 22, 2007
The Second Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art opens on the first of March. Contemporary art will be displayed to us within the whole month, and one could say that this country will turn into the center of the world art culture for the period. The organization of such an event is an affair of tremendous responsibility. For we must never do it better than other people do it, everything must be just as everywhere, according to the format.

21 february 2007
From Criticism to Self-Criticism (Questioning is the Program Principle of the Moscow Biennale) // Olga Kabanova, Vedomosti February 21, 2007, Vol. 31 (1805)
The program of the Second Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art to be held from March 1 to April 1 at several dozen venues was announced. The theme of the main project, Footnotes: Geopolitics, Markets, Amnesia, will be disclosed by the curators and artists from 30 countries who admit that they are not quite aware of their place in this world.

21 february 2007
According to Costs and Spirit // IGOR CHUVILIN, Published in the Gazeta, Vol. 32 of February, 21, 2007
The Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography (Roskultura) held the press conference dedicated to the Second Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art yesterday. The Biennale organizers told what Moscow venues will house display within the framework of the Biennale, and what the cost of the whole project was.

9 february 2007
Consumerism Logic // Igor Grebelnikov, Vedomosti vol. 23 (1797)
Joseph Backstein, Commissioner of the Second Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, explains to Pyatnitsa (Friday issue) why power and contemporary art need each other.

31 january 2007
Artistic footnotes // Hermitage Magazine, winter 2006 - 2007
The Second Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art will run from 1 March to 1 April 2007 and promises to be the top event of the art season. The move from | winter to spring is not the only visible change. Unlike the First Moscow Biennale, the international team of curators - who remain the same - wlfl present a number of different shows produced by individuals or groups of curators, instead of a common collective project. All projects will share the common theme of Geopolitics, Markets, Amnesia.

24 november 2006
Pond-skater Race // Sergey Khachaturov, Vremya Novostey
The conference titled Creating Thinking World s organized by Joseph Backstein, the Commissioner of the Second Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, in cooperation with his co-curator Daniel Birnbaum and the Interros Publishing Program provided a theoretical platform for the event.
The conference gathered the best representatives of the Russian and Western Post-Classical and political philosophy, such as Chantal Mouffe, Bernard Stiegler, Valery Podoroga, Jacques Rancière, Saskia Sassen, Mikhail Ryklin, Boris Kagarlitsky.

5 october 2006
Reposte // LOfficiel, Yelena Panteleyeva
Daniel Birnbaum, Portikus gallery director, Frankfurt, has recently organized a Yoko Ono show. Today, opening a new display of Francis Alys, he is not afraid of any assessment and knows exactly what an ideal art critic looks like.

23 august 2006
"Art Must Have a Chance to be Boring" // Vremya Novostey. Faina BALAKHOVSKAYA met Fulya ERDEMCI.
The second Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art with the planned budget of 52 mln. rubles opens on February 22, 2007, and it will be devoted to the theme of Geopolitics, Markets, Amnesia. FOOTNOTES.

Fulya Erdemci, an art critic from Istanbul, is its new curator who joined the team which prepares for second Moscow biennale. For many years she was the director of the Istanbul International Biennale, taught at Ankara and Istanbul universities. While last year all the curators of the Moscow Biennale were working on a common exhibition, this time there will be several projects. Fulya Erdemci and Rosa Martinez, who was the curator of the 5th Istanbul Biennale, by the way, are working together on the show titled After Everything. Faina BALAKHOVSKAYA met Fulya.

16 june 2006
Moscow hires hotshot curators // The Art Newspaper, Art Basel Daily Edition
BASEL. The organisers of the second Moscow Biennale have decided to abandon their original method of organising the event, they announced at Art Basel yesterday. Instead of a single committee, eight curators have been chosen who will work semi-autonomously. Each will present a personal selection in three venues across the city, choosing around 80 artists.


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