The Fourth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art has kicked off in the capital. With various projects all around the city and beyond it, will offer the chance to see the latest achievements of international artists.
To participate in this year’s edition of the Biennale Russia’s major contemporary art event has selected over 60 artists from 33 countries, from Chile and the US to China and Indonesia.
The display features works by important artists of the 20th-21st centuries, such as the late British pop art guru Richard Hamilton, who did not live to see the Moscow event. Among the famed contemporary art heavyweights will also be the Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei, the late German avant-garde director and artist Christoph Schlingensief (awarded with Venice’s Golden Lion this year), his compatriots Neo Rauch and Gerhard Richter, Scandinavian duo Elmgreen and Dragset, Paris-based collective Claire Fontaine and Indian artist Shilpa Gupta.
The Biennale traditionally introduces new talents alongside renowned artists. Representing Russian contemporary art scene will be 13 projects, exhibiting works by the Blue Soup, Electroboutique, Learning Film, as well as artists Valery Chtak, Alina Gutkina, Olga Kisseleva, Taisiya Korotkova, Yelena Yelagina and Igor Makarevich and others.
The main project titled Rewriting Worlds is on display at two venues. Artplay Design Center is displaying most of the renowned artists’ works, including Ai Weiwei’s Beijing: The Second Ring. TSUM Art Foundation in central Moscow will display the rest of the main project.
The project’s curator German artist Peter Weibel believes that the exhibition’s main goal is “to demonstrate different levels of artistic thought — technological, political and psychological.”
Another part of the Biennale is Arthouse Squat, a project that promotes the idea of working in a collective. Its visitors get a chance to see the kind of space the artists collaborated in, as well as some of the work they produced there.
One of the project’s curators is Thomas Beale who set up his own art squat in New York.
“I hope people will see what ‘transports’ them for a minute,” Beale told RT. “I’ve been given space in a basement area. We brought together eight artists. They are all fantastic: they have very strong voices, very diverse kind of work, all very serious and strong. Instead of making traditional presentations, they created just another world within this space.”
Some 70 special projects have entered this year’s Biennale program. In addition the art marathon expands its geographic boundaries to the regions, with special projects in Ekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Kiev, and London.
The display will be open through October 30.