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 Volobueva, 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.