How to gather? Acting in a Center in a City in the Heart of the Island of Eurasia

Under challenging circumstances, the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art opts for a radical format and changes its structure: the biennale will be condensed into ten days. Artistic, discursive and reflective moments will shape the space. Located in the Pavilion No.1 of VDNKh, it is here that the Moscow Biennale will evolve, as a think tank in real time.

Biennale: Sept 22 - Oct 1, 2015
Documentary exhibition project: Oct 3 - Oct 11, 2015

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Osmolovsky, Anatoly

°1969
Born in RU

Anatoly Osmolovsky is an artist, curator and teacher based in Moscow. He began his career as a writer, and was a member of the literary group Vertep before 1989. Between 1990 and 1992, he was the leader of the ETI (Art Territory Expropriation) movement, and participated in a series of street performances / provocations. In 1995, Osmolovsky founded Radek Magazine, which sought to create a space for radical politics under the current atmosphere of official suppression. In the 1990s, he was know as an active member of the Moscow Actionism movement. In 2011, together with Svetlana Baskova, he founded the BAZA Institute - a research and education platform for artists and art-critics.

Credits (c)photo: Ivan Erofeev, Courtesy of Moscow Biennale and M HKA, 2015

Item details
The End of Modernism in Russia, 2015
Sculpture

During the ten days of the Moscow Bien- nale for Contemporary Art 2015, the artists Anatoly Osmolovsky and Alexander Kutovoy (together with Irina Petrakova, Alexander Plusnin and Vitaly Barabanov, students of the BAZA art school) made a sculpture of the dead poet Vladimir Mayakovsky on the stairs of VDNKh’s Pavilion No. 1: The End of Modernism in Russia. The sculpture was based on a photographic portrait taken immediately after Mayakovsky’s death in 1930. The clay sculpture gradually dried out and fell apart after the biennial. [Marie Egger]