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Cosmoscow Foundation announced winners of annual programs

May 13, 2024

On May 13, 2024, a preview of the 11th Charity Auction of the Cosmoscow Foundation took place in the A-House space. The curator of the auction was Alexey Maslyaev, who determined its theme - “Vertigo”. The curatorial concept is centered around the feeling of instability and loss of balance that every person experiences at certain moments in life - in other words, a state of dizziness, or vertigo. The auction will feature works by artists who reflect in their art the experience of vertigo, human fragility and the instability of the world around us. The auction will take place on May 14, 2024 with the support of Sber Private Banking, STONE, BORK, Hadassah Medical Moscow and the Beluga brand.

On the day of the auction preview, the Cosmoscow Foundation announced the winners of its annual programs. Alexandra Garth received the status of "Artist of the Year" Cosmoscow 2024, Volga-Vyatka branch of the State Museum of Fine Arts named after A.S. Pushkin (Arsenal) was chosen as "Museum of the Year" Cosmoscow 2024, and the Center for Urban Culture in Perm became the “Institution of the Year” Cosmoscow 2024. In addition, the winners of the Cosmoscow Foundation's curatorial research competition, which was held from February 1 to March 1, 2024, were announced.Based on the results of consideration of more than 170 applications from all over Russia, the expert jury selected three winners, they were: Lukiya Murina from Tomsk with a study on the topic of memory and difficult heritage in Siberian art of the 20th-21st centuries, Polina Nikitina from Murino (Leningrad region) with the project “Collisions” Freedom: Theater in the World of Gulag(a)”, dedicated to a unique part of the history of Soviet theater and Lolita Moistrapishvili from Tomsk with the study “Self-archiving instead of self-censorship: Siberian artistic communities in 2024”.


"Artist of the Year" Cosmoscow 2024 - Alexandra Garth The Cosmoscow Foundation's

Artist of the Year program aims to finance new works by contemporary artists. The expert council, whose composition changes annually, nominates the most outstanding artists in their opinion. The decisive choice is made by the Cosmoscow Foundation Board of Trustees. The winning artist is given the opportunity to realize a new project that will be presented at the Cosmoscow fair, and his work will also form the basis of the visual corporate identity of the issue. Expert composition of 2024: Vasily Tsereteli, Nailya Allahverdieva, Mikhail Tsarev, Mikhail Levin, Anastasia Kamenskaya.

Alexandra Garth is a St. Petersburg artist, co-founder of the experimental exhibition space STYD. Works with graphics, painting, sculpture and installations. In his artistic practice, Garth addresses liminality in the broadest sense of the word - from the graphic and pictorial depiction of vaguely disturbing empty spaces to directly placing the viewer in a state of uncertainty, instability and the possibility of a variety of interpretations in total installations.

Alexandra Garth: “The news that I was chosen as Cosmoscow 2024 Artist of the Year was a big surprise for me - an unusual feeling in which feelings of joy, surprise and great responsibility were intertwined. I have always been an artist who balanced on the brink of the underground, so the attention and recognition from such a large professional institution is especially pleasant, and I am very grateful to the Cosmoscow team, expert and board of trustees for this decision.”

“Museum of the Year” Cosmoscow 2024 - Volga-Vyatka branch of the State Museum of Fine Arts named after A.S. Pushkina (Arsenal)

The program is based on work with museum institutions: the Cosmoscow Foundation acquires works by contemporary Russian artists and donates them to the “Museum of the Year”, assists in the reconstruction and modernization of existing collections and restoration of art objects. In addition, the nominated museum traditionally exhibits a special project at the fair.

Volga-Vyatka branch of the State Museum of Fine Arts named after A.S. Pushkin (Arsenal) over 25 years of activity has earned a strong reputation as one of the most active Russian cultural institutions. Since 2011, it has been located in the Arsenal building of the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin; since 2020, it has been part of the State Museum of Fine Arts named after A.S. Pushkin. The Arsenal's mission is to create a space of artistic communication for the development of people, society and territory. Exhibition and interdisciplinary projects, educational, children's and inclusive programs are dedicated to this. Working with the unique identity of the territory, presenting the modern artistic process in combination with classical art, the museum involves cultural and artistic figures, experts and spectators in a new creative environment.

One of the key and recognizable events of the branch is the annual festival of texts about art “Vasari”, which has been held since 2014. The program is designed for a wide range of viewers and readers, and the festival site is a meeting place for professionals in the field of art and museum activities to exchange experiences. The trilogy of exhibitions “Named by Vasari” (2021–2024), in which works of old masters from the collection of the Pushkin Museum were combined with works of contemporary Russian artists, opened a series of museum projects that rethink cultural heritage in comparison with current artistic search.

The Arsenal team is experimenting with formats outside the institution. Interaction with regional art residences, participation in the cultural life of city districts, the “Museum Embankment” partnership, the creation of an open-air travel opera - large and local projects contribute to the emergence of new areas of development and are important for the museum itself and for colleagues.

Alexander Komarov, head of the Volga-Vyatka branch of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. A.S. Pushkin (Arsenal): “The Cosmoscow Foundation for the Support of Contemporary Art has decided to name the Arsenal “Museum of the Year” in 2024. This recognition from the professional community is important and valuable to us. The Arsenal is a special museum, so our partnership with Cosmoscow will also be special. The Arsenal has a library (about 12 thousand publications on art and culture), which has long been awaiting updating and going beyond the scope of “official use”. Cosmoscow’s contribution to its reconstruction is a contribution to the development of not only the Arsenal, but the entire creative industry of the Nizhny Novgorod region. We thank our colleagues from the Cosmoscow Foundation for this opportunity!”


“Institution of the Year” Cosmoscow 2024 – Center for Urban Culture in Perm

The selection of the best non-profit art institution is also carried out by the Board of Trustees of the Cosmoscow Foundation based on a list of applicants proposed by invited experts. The winner receives funding for the implementation of the project as part of the fair. Mainly attention is paid to regional institutions. Expert composition of 2024: Elizaveta Likhacheva, Sergey Popov, Katya Bochavar, Yana Gaponenko, Kristina Gorlanova.

The City Culture Center is an open and independent platform in Perm, created to support local cultural, social and educational initiatives. The CGK opened on May 18, 2016, and over the eight years of its existence, hundreds of different events have taken place - festivals, exhibition projects, lecture programs, conferences, round tables, seminars, public meetings and much more.

The Center's focus is on urban contexts, communities and phenomena in all their diversity. The CGK defines its goal as the desire to give local communities and individual initiatives a place for expression and active action, and to provide them with support. For this purpose, different methods and formats are used in the logic of the instrumental approach to culture. The mission of the Center is to identify, unite and present the diversity of urban practices for promising social transformations and sustainable development of the city.

Director of the Center for Urban Culture Tatyana Sinitsyna: “It was a big pleasant surprise for us to receive the status of “Institution of the Year” Cosmoscow 2024. It is especially valuable that we did not submit an application, but were chosen by experts based on the results of our work. Being noticed and appreciated is very important - it makes us realize that we are doing everything right and we need to continue to move in this direction. In eight years of work, we have really come a long way. We developed partnerships, experimented, learned new things, made mistakes and drew conclusions. We have acquired strong horizontal ties and can rightfully be called a significant point on the cultural map of our city, and now the country. In addition, participation in the fair will allow us to find even more partners and like-minded people, expand the geography of our connections and be inspired for new projects.”

A cozy atmosphere for guests of the preview of the 11th Charity Auction was created by Cosmoscow’s long-term partner, the EDIS water brand.



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    11-ый Благотворительный аукцион Фонда Cosmoscow