Led by Margarita Pushkina and Sandra Nedvetskaia the new edition of Cosmoscow, the only international contemporary art fair in Russia, will take place in Gostiny Dvor on 11-13 September 2015. Gostiny Dvor (Merchant Court) is one of the most historically significant architectural monuments of Moscow designed by Italian architect Giacomo Quarenghi according to the ruling of Catherine the Great from 1786. The visual identity of Cosmoscow ’15, will be created by young Russian artist Alexandra Paperno, whose works are housed in the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, the V-A-C Foundation and important private collections. As a part of Artist Patron Programme launched in 2014, special projects will be created by Taus Makhacheva (the winner of V-A-C Foundation and M KHA programme), Evgeny Granilshchikov, Andrei Kuzkin and Urban Fauna Lab supported by patrons Ekaterina Vinokurova, Anastasia Karneeva, Valeria Rodnyanskaya, Matthew Stephenson, Margarita Pushkina and Sandra Nedvetskaia. The Advisory Board is to include top international collectors and art professionals such as

Antoine Arnault, Natalia Vodianova, Dilyara Allakhverdova, Olga Vashchilina and Teresa Mavica. Birte Kleemann, the director of Michael Werner Gallery (New York) will join the Expert Committee of the Fair. The previous edition of Cosmoscow was held in Central Manege on 19-21 September, 2014 and hosted 30 international and Russian galleries and non-commercial foundations, bringing together the country’s contemporary art scene and the international art community. A programme of non-commercial projects included a new commission from the Azeri not-for-profit organisation, YARAT, an exclusive look into private Russian collections in the exhibition Collector’s Eye, a new initiative for Russian artists launched by the V-A-C Foundation and Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, and complementary programming from the Garage Museum for Contemporary Art and exclusive contemporary art auction, off white, benefited The Naked Heart Foundation. In 2015 off white auction and exhibition of private collections will be included into parallel programme of Cosmoscow Fair.

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The Russian Contemporary Art Forum



First edition of the Russian Contemporary Art Forum entitled, Why Moscow, Why Now took place on June 9th, 2015 at the Four Seasons Hotel Moscow. It was initiated by Cosmoscow in partnership with The Moscow Times Conferences and Austrian Cultural Forum. The Forum attracted top Russian and international art experts. Discussions were divided between three main topics devoted to current art market tendencies in Moscow and its future. Another major theme was the activity of contemporary art collections and foundations as a major force in the art scene. There also was a series of moderated one-to-one discussions between upcoming Russian artists and leading international experts. Major participants included Margarita Pushkina and Sandra Nedvetskaia (Cosmoscow Art Fair), Simon Mraz (Austrian Cultural Forum), Birte Kleemann (Michael Werner Gallery), Ekaterina Iragui (Galerie Iragui), Ekaterina Vinokurova (Christie’s Russia), Inna Bazhenova (The Art Newspaper Russia), Teresa Mavica (V-A-C Foundation), Marina Sitnina (Gazprombank), Olga Nefedova (The Orientalist Museum, Doha), Jens Faurschou (Faurschou Foundation), Zain Masud (Indian Art Fair), Ben Rawlingson-Plant (Brunswick Arts), Bart de Baere (M KHA), André Rogger (Credit Suisse collection curator), Alistair Hicks (Deutsche Bank collection curator), collectors Dmitry Aksenov and Dmitry Kostygin, artists Taus Makhacheva, Alexandra Paperno, and many others.

The current relevance of the topics and the participation of important international experts will help create a meaningful dialogue between representatives of various sectors of the contemporary art world, thus strengthening Moscow's position as one of the leading international art-centers.Major participants included Margarita Pushkina and Sandra Nedvetskaia (Cosmoscow Art Fair), Simon Mraz (Austrian Cultural Forum), Birte Kleemann (Michael Werner Gallery), Ekaterina Iragui (Galerie Iragui), Ekaterina Vinokurova (Christie’s Russia), Inna Bazhenova (The Art Newspaper Russia), Teresa Mavica (V-A-C Foundation), Marina Sitnina (Gazprombank), Olga Nefedova (The Orientalist Museum, Doha), Jens Faurschou (Faurschou Foundation), Zain Masud (Indian Art Fair), Ben Rawlingson-Plant (Brunswick Arts), Bart de Baere (M KHA), André Rogger (Credit Suisse collection curator), Alistair Hicks (Deutsche Bank collection curator), collectors Dmitry Aksenov and Dmitry Kostygin, artists Taus Makhacheva, Alexandra Paperno, and many others. The current relevance of the topics and the participation of important international experts will help create a meaningful dialogue between representatives of various sectors of the contemporary art world, thus strengthening Moscow's position as one of the leading international art-centers.

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