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Joseph Backstein

 
1945Born in Moscow
1968Graduated the Moscow Institute of Computer Sciences
1985PhD in Sociology of Art and Culture, awarded by the Institute of Sociology of the USSR Academy of Sciences
2007Honorary doctor, Gotheborg University, Sweden

Membership

2008Documenta, Сommittee for Documenta XIII curator’s nomination
2007Russian Academy of Art, Corresponding Member
1995AICA

Professional Activities

2005 till nowState Centre for Museums and Exhibitions “Rosizo”, Artistic director
1991 till nowThe Institute of Contemporary Art — Moscow, Director
1991 till nowThe Russian Academy of Sciences The Institute for Cultural Studies, senior research stuff (from 2003: head of “Contemporary culture” department)

Principal curatorial projects:

20093rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Commissioner, Artistic Director
2008
Russian Art. Paradoxes of History, National Academy of Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
2008Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Alternative History of Art and others Projects, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture; The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts; WINZAVOD Moscow Contemporary Art Center. Moscow
2007Yoko Ono, Odyssey of a Cockroach, TSUM, Moscow
2007
2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Commissioner
2006
Norman Foster, Space and Time, The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow
2006
The Origin of Species, Fine Art Museum, Toyama, Japan
2005
Angels of History, MUHka, Antwerp, Belgium
2005
1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art
2002
Video-Zone (co-curator) Video Art Biennial, Tel-Aviv, Israel
2002
Sergei Bratkov, Commissioner / Curator for Russian project, Sao Paolo Biennial, Brazil
2002
Mona Hatoum, Measure of Distance, The Central House of Artists, Moscow
2001
On the Way to the Screen (A-K Dolven, G.Gussin, Kimsooja, B.Melhus, S.Neshat, J. Toomik), curated with Victor Misiano, The Central House of Artists, Moscow.
2000
Inverse Perspectives, Edsvik Art Centre, Stockholm, Sweden
1999
Komar & Melamid, Collaboration with animals, Russian Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Italy.
1998
Medialization, Edsvik, Art Center, Stockholm, Sweden.
1997
Russian Actionism and Its Context, Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria.
1997
Collective Actions, Exit Art, NY, USA.
1996
“MANY” Museum, Karmeliterkloster, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
1995
Noel Harding, Anti-Heroes, The Central House of Artists, Moscow
1995
A Private View on the War, The “House on the Embankment” Museum, Moscow
1994
Evgenij Jufit, New Trends in Necrorealism, Exhibition Room on 100 Profsoyuznaya St., Moscow
1994
The 20th Anniversary of the Bulldozer Art Show, Exhibition Room on 100 Profsoyuznaya St., Moscow
1993
Stalin’s Choice: Soviet Socialist Realism 1932-1956 (with Alana Heiss), PS1, N.Y., USA
1993
Monumental Propaganda, The Central House of Artists, Moscow; the World Financial Center, NY, USA.

1992

The Hearts of the Foursome, The House of Officers, Moscow
1992
An art show on the premises of Butyrskaja prison, Moscow
1992
Ilya Kabakov and Ulo Sooster, Kortrijk, Belguim
1991
The Optics of the Gaze. Maria Serebrjakova and Ida Appelbroog, Exhibition Room of the Proletarsky District in Peresvetov Lane, Moscow
1991
Prospects of Conceptualism, PS1 — Clocktower, NY, USA.
1991
A Visit, Exhibition Room of the Proletarsky District in Peresvetov Lane, Moscow
1990
Prospects of Conceptualism, Art Gallery of the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA
1990
IsKUNSTvo – III, Stockholm, Sweden.
1990
A one person show of Kwon Soo Pak, Exhibition Room of the Proletarsky District in Peresvetov Lane, Moscow
1990
Particular Stories, Andrej Monastyrskij and Conrad Atkinson, Exhibition Room of the Proletarsky District in Peresvetov Lane, Moscow
1990
Between Spring and Summer – Soviet Conceptual Art in the Era of Late Communism, Art Museum, Tacoma; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA
1990
Schizo-China, The Construction Industry Exhibition Center on Frunzenskaja Naberezhnaja,  Moscow
1989
IsKUNSTvo – II, The Construction Industry Exhibition Center on Frunzenskaja Naberezhnaja, Moscow
1989
Dear Art, The Palace of Youth, Moscow
1989
Documentation Research. Photo objects by the Collective Actions group, Sadovniki Exhibition Center, Moscow
1989
Prospects of Conceptualism, Exhibition Room of the Proletarsky District in Peresvetov Lane, Moscow
1988
IsKUNSTvo – I, West Berlin
1988
An art show at the Sandunovskie baths, Moscow
1988
Second Exhibition of the Club of Avantgardists, Exhibition Room of the Proletarsky District in Peresvetov Lane, Moscow
1987
Steamship, (an action), Moscow
1987
Creative Atmosphere and the Artistic Process (First exhibition of the Club of Avantgardists), Exhibition Room of the Proletarsky District in Peresvetov Lane, Moscow

Other Activities:

1997 – 1998Fulbright Program. Expert
1997 – 2000Open Society Institute / Soros Foundation. Expert
2000 –  2004State Tretyakov Gallery. Consultant for the XX century collection
1996 – 2002Russian Ministry of Culture. Board for the Visual Art, Member

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