The Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art was established in 2003 as a part of the federal program “Culture of Russia. 2001-2006”. It is one of the most important cultural events organized under the aegis of the Russian government.
The First Moscow Biennale (January 28 –February 28, 2005) generated great response both in Russia and abroad, and made serious steps towards becoming a respectable international event. The main exhibition, “Dialectics of Hope”, presented projects by 41 artists from 22 countries, the idea behind the project was in defining the 21st century visual arts movement. There was also a number of special projects introducing trends in the Russian contemporary art. The Biennale’s special projects and parallel program included over 50 exhibitions opening an unprecedented showcase of Russian actual art as well as European, American and Asian visual artists.
The Second Moscow Biennale (March 1 –April 1, 2007) proved the success of this large international show. The main project titled “FOOTNOTES on Geopolitics, Market and Amnesia” showed works of 115 artists from 20 countries. 5 exhibitions of the main project united by one theme were realized by different curators and curatorial teams. The project featured the shows organized at 40 venues including The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow Contemporary Art Center Winzavod, Moscow Museum of Modern Art.
The 3rd Biennale will open its doors from September 24 to October 25 at the Garage Center of Contemporary Culture. The commissioner of the Biennale is Joseph Backstein, main project curator is Jean Hubert Martin, and organizing committee lists the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Moscow Government, State Museum and Exhibition Centre ROSIZO and Moscow Biennale Art Foundation. The exhibition program of the Third Moscow Biennale will feature the Main Project presenting 80 artists from Europe, USA, Asia, South America, Africa and Oceania, more than 39 special projects and 7 special guests shows. The total exhibition area will exceed 10,000 square meters.