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.
The Russian Contemporary Art Forum will take place on June 9th, 2015 at the Four Seasons Hotel Moscow. It is curated by Cosmoscow international contemporary art fair in partnership with The Moscow Times Conferences and Austrian Cultural Forum. Taking place in the run-up to the opening of the new building of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Rem Koolhaas, the Forum promises to attract top Russian and international art experts and will create a platform for further development of the contemporary art market in Russia. Entitled, Why Moscow, Why Now, the Forum will be held in a format of a business conference and the discussions will be divided between three main topics devoted to current art market tendencies in Moscow and its future. Another major theme is the activity of contemporary art collections and foundations as a major force in the art scene. Moreover, there will be several moderated one-to-one discussions between upcoming Russian artists and leading international experts. This format will enable to elaborate on numerous topics in a dynamic and non-oppressive way and to introduce young contemporary artists to broad audience
This format will enable to elaborate on numerous topics in a dynamic and non-oppressive way and to introduce young contemporary artists to broad audience. We are delighted to welcome esteemed participants, including Margarita Pushkina and Sandra Nedvetskaia (Cosmoscow Art Fair), Simon Mraz (Austrian Cultural Forum), Birte Kleemann (Michael Werner Gallery), Ekaterina Iragui (Galerie Iragui), Sara Raza (Guggenheim), 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), 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.