September 11
    With Partnership of the Embassy of the State of Qatar to the Russian Federation
    September 11
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    With Partnership of the Embassy of the State of Qatar to the Russian Federation.
    Launched by Cosmoscow in 2014, the Off white auction is an annual charitable event. All proceeds from the auction benefit the Cosmoscow Foundation for contemporary art, which was established in 2017.

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    Launched by Cosmoscow in 2014, the Off white auction is an annual charitable event. All proceeds from the auction benefit the Cosmoscow Foundation for contemporary art, which was established in 2017.

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE AUCTION
    EXPERTS
    Mohammad Salemy
    Curator of the "Off white" Charity Auction
    Mohammad Salemy – the curator of the "Off white" Charity Auction. Independent Berlin-based artist, critic, and curator from Canada. Salemy is the Organizer at The New Centre for Research & Practice. He holds a BFA from Emily Carr University and an MA in Critical Curatorial Studies from the University of British Columbia. Together with a changing cast, he forms the artist collective Alphabet Collection.
    Simon Rees
    Cosmoscow Art Director
    Cosmoscow Art Director Simon Rees is a former director of New Zealand's contemporary art museum, and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Prior he was head of programming and development at the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art (2011-2013). Mr. Rees is best known for his work at the CAC, Vilnius (2004–2011) and writing and curating in post-communist Europe; including for the prize winning national pavilion he led as commissioner for Lithuania at the Venice Biennale (2007). Mr. Rees has sat on boards and juries of a host of organizations and awards internationally, including those of the contemporary art fairs in Vienna (AT), Auckland (NZ), and Innovation Prize (Moscow). Simon Rees was a regular visitor to Moscow from 2005–2014 for the purpose of writing and research and inter-institutional collaborations, engaging with the city's most important exhibitions and events (including those associated with the Moscow Biennial).
    Margarita Pushkina
    Founding Director of the Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair; Founder of the Cosmoscow Foundation for Сontemporary Art
    "The Off white contemporary art charity auction is our annual initiative which has been hosted by the Cosmoscow Foundation since 2017 with all the proceeds benefiting its programs. Each year, the preparation of the auction and the development of its concept is handled by a new invited curator. This year, it is Mohammad Salemy, co-founder and director of the New Center of Research & Practice in Berlin. I am sincerely grateful to Mohammad, as well as to all the artists and institutions that provided the works for the auction."
    LOTS
    The artists involved in the 2020 Cosmoscow Foundation Off white auction exhibition have been making their work in a time of extraordinary isolation. The space of their 'studio' has taken on new meaning and their creativity has a new relevance as the world as we have known it has retreated from us; and a new digital and virtual world has advanced. Hence the theme of this year's auction exhibition: "new generative aesthetics and worldmaking".

    Generative Aesthetics relates to what American postwar philosopher Nelson Goodman calls "Worldmaking," describing many ways of making worlds through aesthetics, science, philosophy and politics. The exhibition is broken into five themes expounding upon Worldmaking: Decomposition & Composition, Weighting, Ordering, Adding & Subtracting, and Metamorphosis.

    Take these five steps with us at this year's auction exhibition and experience the artistic practices of worldmaking.

    1. Decomposition & Composition
    2. Weighting
    3. Ordering
    4. Adding & Subtracting
    5. Metamorphosis
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    Nataliia Tsareva
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    HISTORY
    2019
    In 2019, the auction featuring 21 lots totaled €104,000. The event took place at the Education center of MMOMA, Cosmoscow 2019 Museum of the Year. Oleg Kulik's "Empire" (€13,000) and "The Golden Rain" by Natalya Gudovich (€10,000) became the top lots of the sale. Andrey Malakhov was the auctioneer and host of the evening. All the proceeds will benefit the Cosmoscow Foundation for Contemporary Art.
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    2018
    In 2018, the auction totaled €172,000 with 21 lots for sale. It took place at the DI Telegraph and welcomed 120 VIP guests. The event was hosted in partnership with Phillips auction house, the auctioneer was Ivan Urgant. All the proceeds benefited the Cosmoscow Foundation for Contemporary Art.
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    2017
    In 2017, the auction featuring 17 artworks by Russian and international artists totaled €118,700. It was hosted in partnership with Phillips auction house. The proceeds benefited the Cosmoscow Foundation for Contemporary Art for the first time.
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    2016
    In 2016, a work by Vladimir Fridkes titled "Svetlana Zakharova. Still Frame" was sold for over €30,000 becoming the top lot of the auction. For three years (2014 to 2016) the auction benefited the Naked Heart Foundation totaling €550,000 in general.
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    2015
    In 2015, the auction featured 20 lots. Submitted by Vogue, a portrait of Diana Vishneva by the French fashion icon Patrick Demarchelier was sold for €24,000 becoming the top lot of the auction.
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    2014
    In 2014, the first Off white charity auction of contemporary art totaled €209,500 with all the proceeds benefiting Natalia Vodianova's Naked Heart Foundation.
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    You can also participate in the auction online in real time on the bidspirit website where a live broadcast of the auction will take place on September 11 at 9 pm.
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