Unexpectedly, the ten-day long events of the main project of the 6th Moscow Biennale of contemporary art, from Sept 22 to Oct 1 2015, were a great surprise. Galerie Stanislas Bourgain is happy to give you an overview of what has catched its attention.
By its format: an openspace of work in progress, public dialogue and discussions; by its location: the Pavillon N1 of the Vdnkh, the main palace of what used to be the Soviet economy achievements fair; by its theme: “How to gather ? Acting in a Center in a City in the Heart of the Island of Eurasia” raising current hot topics; and by being a gathering with uncertain outcome, the Biennale reflected perfectly the local context and complex situation of Moscow, a city at the crossword of influences, and of Russia, looking for its identity in balance between Europe and Asia.
A highlight of the main project was the performance of Taus Makhacheva, where a group of acrobats made a human pyramid as a small moutain, then carrying the masterpieces of the museum of Makhachkala, capital of her native Dagestan. In the “Caucasus pavillion”, the Unbound group was presenting a world of different objects from the this region, showing how the culture of the post-Soviet Caucasus, through a period of transformation, assimilates any product from the West so that it loses its original format in a way to restore a national identity.
Numerous parallel events were organized all over Moscow during the Biennale. As a selection, “No time” organized by the Smirnov and Sorokin Foundation at Winzavod and curated by Vladimir Logutov, presented a great choice of young Russian artists working with graphics and paintings. The V-A-C foundation was showing in a new location, a closed-down power station soon to become an contemporary art center, the project “Expanding space” the result of a programme to support artistic practice within the urban environment of Moscow. The Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art was showing an interesting solo exhibition of Evgueny Antufiev who is using different media to question the phenomenon of Russian culture with all its attributes from Pushkin’s fairy tale to Pavlov cake, in a attempt to combine them around a new vision.
Solyanka Gallery, the only museum in Russia dedicated to the performance art, was presented for the third time a group exhibition of Russian performance art, “The artist is hidden”, including the artist, curator and museum director Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich. Together with an exhibition of Manuel Vason’s photographs coming from its collaborating with UK and Russian performance artists.
The Moscow Biennale 2015 was also the purpose for the legendary futurist opera with costumes design by Kazimir Malevich first performed in 2013 to be reconstructed by the Stas Namin Theatre of Moscow and staged at Udarnik, Moscow.