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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Kahane, Leon

Born in Berlin, DE
Based in Berlin, DE

Born and based in Berlin, Leon Kahane grew up in the settings of the former GDR. His artistic practice is closely linked to his family history which is one of Jewish Holocaust survivors who came back to Germany. Experiences of migration, of belonging to a minority and of social and political incapabilities to properly deal with such issues are what lead to Leon Kahane’s interest in the relations between a global, cosmopolitain world and its individual, historic, private microcosms.

Pas de deux
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Pas de deux, 2015
Performance, 01:30:00

A constant dance performance in the format of a daily ballet rehearsal was the contribution of Leon Kahane to the ten-day program of the Moscow Biennial. Assuming a dichotomy of high culture and liberal arts, the performance aimed to combine both in order to debug their formal and political differences or similarities. His recent interest in the performative potential of existing material and cultural goods took the artist a step further as to his own participation in the performance where he will be taught a pas de deux by a professional Russian ballet dancer.