Projects archive
ARTIST OF THE YEAR COSMOSCOW 2020: PAVEL OTDELNOV
Pavel Otdelnov named the "Artist of the Year". In September, at the 8th Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair, Pavel Otdelnov will present his new art project, which will be specially created for the upcoming art fair.

Pavel Otdelnov born in 1979 in Dzerzhinsk, Nizhny Novgorod region, Russia. Graduated from the Surikov Moscow State Academy. Later he took up contemporary art and entered the Institute Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA).

In 2015 and 2017, he was nominated for the Kandinsky Prize ("Project of the Year"); in 2017 - became the laureate of the prize in the field of contemporary art named after Sergey Kuryokhin (special prize of the French Institute). And this year, Pavel entered the short list of the State Prize "Innovation" - in the nomination "Artist of the Year".

The works of Pavel Otdelnov are in the State Russian Museum, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, as well as in other public and private collections.
INSTITUTION OF THE YEAR COSMOSCOW 2020: CCA "CHICORY" (ZHELEZNOGORSK)
Zheleznogorsk Center for Contemporary Art is a self-proclaimed institution that exists in the field of contemporary art and culture in Zheleznogorsk, Kursk Region.

Zheleznogorsk Center for Contemporary Art was created by the art association (art group) "Chicory", whose main current task is infrastructure construction in their city (Zheleznogorsk) and the region (Kursk region). Zheleznogorsk Center for Contemporary Art as an Institute distributes its activities along three axes: space (performative, exhibition and city practices), participation (from creating a social environment to meeting practices, relational aesthetics) and semiotics (searches \ creation of symbolic systems using technical and social and engineering methods).
MUSEUM OF THE YEAR COSMOSCOW 2020: GARAGE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
In the fall of 2020, the Garage Museum will be presented at the Cosmoscow Fair in the status of the Museum of the Year as part of the Cosmoscow Foundation for Contemporary Art initiatives. This was announced by the founder of Cosmoscow Margarita Pushkina and the director of the Garage Anton Belov at a press conference in February.

Throughout the year, the Cosmoscow Foundation for contemporary art and the Garage Museum will implement a number of joint projects. Anton Belov will take a place on the Collectors' Board of the Fair. The Foundation will acquire for the Museum's archive collection, which is the largest repository on the history of Russian modern and contemporary art, three important archives: the archive of the St. Petersburg gallery Navicula Artis; handwritten and illustrated catalogues of Eugene and Leo Kropiwnicki; and the archive of Andrey Chirkov (Remizova), which contains letters of Andrei Sinyavsky. The Museum's stand will be presented at the Cosmoscow Art Fair, which will be held on September 11-13, 2020.

Additionally, and following on from 2019, a percentage of proceeds from entrance tickets to the fair will be transferred to the Garage Endowment Fund.


WINNER OF RUINART ART PATRONAT 2020: MARGO TRUSHINA
Maison Ruinart and the Cosmoscow Foundation have announced the winner of the Ruinart Art Patronat grant competition: Margo Trushina.

The artist received a European education in the field of contemporary art (Royal College of Arts, London Chelsea College of Art and Design), and also studied at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) and at the Journalis department of the Moscow State University. In 2015, the artist became a finalist of the UK National Sculpture Prize – Broomhill National Sculpture Prize.

Within the framework of Cosmoscow 2020, Margo Trushina will present the 'Living Corner' project – an interactive site-specific installation that will become a metaphor for the contemporary world, with its radical climate changes and migration flows.

The project will be implemented as part of the Ruinart Art Patronat grant program with the support of the Cosmoscow Foundation at the Art Fair in September, 2020.


AUDI BORN-DIGITAL AWARD WINNER: PAVEL SELDIMIROV
Audi, together with Cosmoscow Foundation for Support of Contemporary Art, has launched the Audi Born-Digital Award competition aimed at supporting Russian media artists. The winner's work was presented in Audi City Moscow innovation space in September, on the Eighth Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair eve, as well as on Cosmoscow Foundation website.

Pavel Seldemirov is an art theorist and artist actively working with digital media. In his artistic practice, he is engaged in construction of experiences and impressions, photography and semiotics of the image. Born in 1988 in Volgograd, he now lives and works in Moscow. He studied philosophy of art at the Jewish Museum/ as well as image anthropology in Research Institute of Russian Academy of Arts. He is also a graduate of Rodchenko Art School.

"The Becoming" project is a total installation that recreates the space of a poetically interpreted forest, filled with plants and portal displays. Visitors are able to go on a journey where cultural artifacts and traces of 2020, which has already become an important milestone for all mankind, will appear among the virtual trees. A stone connected to a ventilator; a lake the surface of which splits like a glass showcase; coronavirus trapped in the river like deep-sea mines; a graph of stock market crash in shape of mountains on the horizon - the artist collects our collective dream from these images, reminiscent of events on a planetary scale.

The installation is conceived by the artist as a mechanism that involves the viewer in crossing the border between real and virtual worlds, referring to ritual practices in which the participant in action crosses a certain line and, as a result, is unable to come back. Armed with VR devices, several viewers will be able to plunge into the virtual space at once, where everyone will look like a vortex or a bunch of circulating elements. A multiplayer VR game made using the Unity game engine will become the core of the installation. Thanks to the game being available online, it will be possible to "enter" the artwork from anywhere in the world.
THE SERIES PROGRAM
Cosmoscow Foundation for Contemporary Art has launched Series, a new program in order to support young Russian artists, aimed at exploring serial thinking. The program supports graphic series, novels and comics created specifically for the Foundation's Instagram account and published on weekends every two weeks during the summer of 2020.

Series have become not only an important part of the day of a modern person, but also led to the creation and dissemination of their own type of thinking in the mass consciousness, which, moreover, relies very heavily on visual communication, in contrast to past types of thinking that relied on verbal communication. Serial thinking is characterized by strong consistency, in many respects similar to the consistency of pre-clip thinking and built not on a rational, but on an emotional basis. And if modern series are some kind of a cast of the currently dominant form of social consciousness, then the study and interpretation of serial logic by means of contemporary art can reveal unexpected perspectives of our views on the world and social moods.

The program was attended by: Vladimir Kartashov, Ulyana Podkorytova, Sarah Kuhlmann, Katya Khasina, Artyom Goloshchapov, Nikita Seleznev, Vika Begalskaya and Alexander Vilkin.
"20:20. TIME HAS STOPPED". EXHIBITION WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF BURO'S FESTIVAL. ИEW COOГ
Starting October 20 and lasting till November 15, 2020 the exhibition project "20:20. Time has stopped" is dedicated to the study of new rituals and habits that appeared or were exacerbated in 2020 - during a pandemic and general social instability. The exhibition is a part of the annual cross-cultural festival BURO. ИEW COOГ, organized by BURO online publication, at MMOMA Educational Center in Ermolaevsky Lane with support of Cosmoscow Foundation and Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Cosmoscow Foundation curator Alexander Burenkov invited 10 young Russian artists to establish a dialogue, and who created their new projects specifically for the exhibition and charity auction scheduled for December 2020. The exhibition was included in Parallel Program of the VII Moscow International Biennale for Young Art.

Participating artists: Artem Go, Dagnini, Vladimir Kartashov, Kirill Makarov, Albina Mokhryakova, Anna Rotayenko, Igor Samolet, Nikita Seleznev, Sofa Skidan, Anna Tagantseva-Kobzeva.

"20:20. Time has stopped" received it's name in honour of one of Igor Samolet's projects. The artist ironically interprets the habit of taking screenshots of the iphone screen when double numbers appear on the clock in his textile sculptures, called "content-forms". Creating a new "content form" at the end of 2020, dedicated not only to a specific ritual of making wishes, but also to the dynamics of the past year, which exacerbated all the contradictions of social relations, the artist seems to be trying to stop the time itself, inevitably moving towards the next wave of COVID-19 and new social and economic shocks.

ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2019: MISHMASH ART GROUP
MishMash is an art group consisting of artists Misha Leykin and Masha Sumnina.

Misha Leykin graduated from the Moscow Institute of Architecture in 1994, was a member of the Obledenenie Arkhitektorov group (1997–2001). Masha Sumnina graduated from the Institute of Printwork in 2001 The art of MishMash is distinguished by close study of art boundaries inherited from the representatives of Moscow romantic conceptualism movement. Their "peculiar lyricism and humanity of art" is fueled by trust in random elements and sympathy towards purely private material. "Our names combined together - mishmash - in many languages means jumble, confusion. We bring uncontrollable forces into our works - wind, mold, water, spectator, coincidence, found art, etc., exploring the relationship between chaos and order. We do not create a recognizable visual style, because the task, the concept — is essential, and for each we find its own material," – comment the artists.

As part of Cosmoscow 2019, MishMash has presented a total microspective of their work.

One in many images, it is nowhere and everywhere: it grows under the baseboard and makes its way at the joints, settles in the narrow passages of the end walls and lives in mismatches between the literal and metaphysical, personal and collective, material and elusive, known and mysterious, microscopic and immense, future technology and hideoism*.

*Hideoism is free from norms and regulations. It finds beauty in the ugly and perceives events as a sequence of obstacles and their overcoming by necessary means here and now. Hideoism is the ability to observe the amazing score of a virtuoso dance performed intentionally and randomly.

Alexey Maslyaev
MUSEUM OF THE YEAR 2019: MOSCOW MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
As Cosmoscow 2019 Museum of the Year, the Moscow Museum Of Modern Art presents at the Fair a project celebrating the 20th anniversary of MMOMA and conducts an educational programme for children and adults.

MMOMA's pavilion at Cosmoscow is the prologue to an anniversary thematic exhibition titled MMOMA 99/19, which will open in December 2019 at the museum's venue at 25 Petrovka Street. The exhibition, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the first state museum of contemporary art in Russia, will bring together 20 professionals from various fields of science and culture — from film directors and musicians to doctors, scientists and restaurateurs — who under the guidance of the museum's curators will offer their personal perspectives on the museum's extensive collection of Russian art.

Temporary thematic shows displaying artworks from the museum's collection are the hallmark of MMOMA's exhibition program. The exhibitions of selected works from the collection have been held regularly since 2009, each time forming a fascinating narrative. While some of the exhibitions were curated by the museum's research department staff, others were developed by invited experts. To date, eight large-scale exhibition projects have been held as part this program, including Doors Open Day curated by the architect Yuri Avvakumov, "Fortune Museum" conceived by MMOMA's Executive Director Vasili Tsereteli and "Interaction" as part of which contemporary Russian artists offered their response to MMOMA's collection. With MMOMA 99/19, the ninth exhibition in a series, the museum endeavors to expand its interdisciplinary practices.

MMOMA' pavilion at the Fair is designed by Olga Treyvas (FORM Bureau) who is one of the guest curators of MMOMA 99/19. For 20 years, she has collaborated with the museum on several occasions and this time once again is be part of the museum's exhibition design team. As part of the Fair, Olga presents her perspective on MMOMA's history and provides a sneak peek at the design of the future exhibition.
INSTITUTION OF THE YEAR 2019: ZARYA CCA (VLADIVOSTOK)

The Zarya Center for Contemporary Art first opened its doors in Vladivostok in 2013. Zarya CCA is lo- cated within the Zarya creative cluster, in the space of the former sewing factory that gave the site its name. Zarya CCA sees its mission in presenting the Primorye region with the best of contemporary art and culture from Russia and beyond, while also supporting artists and the local art community. Over the years, Zarya has implemented dozens of projects with the participation of the local artistic com- munity, with a number of publications initiated; with the help of Zarya, works of Vladivostok artist toured around Russia and were shown in Moscow and St. Petersburg for the first time with some of them entering major collections (including works by Ilyas Zinatulin, Alexander Kiryakhno and Alexey Krutkin).

At Cosmoscow 2019, projects presented by Zarya was dedicated to those artists and art groups whose art became visible thanks to Zarya.
TAUS MAKHACHEVA WILL PRESENT THE PROJECT "RING ROAD" AT THE COSMOSCOW

"This project is a symbolic representation of the realities of the art system which forces the artist to produce a product that meets consumerist expectations in order to obtain the support necessary for implementation of extensive ideas with no market potential. Taus Makhacheva has a number of such ambitious plans. One of them is the construction of a dual highway encircling the Dagestani mountain (Makhnot peak near the Bolshoy Gotsatl village) with no connection to the existing road network. Acting as a place intended for public use, this "highway" is a nonfunctional element of the landscape, the usefulness of which is grounded in the conceptual depth of the artistic message. Makhacheva uses the road as a metaphor for power, criticizing any claims for the territory according to which in order to establish authority over the space, it is necessary to reorganize it accordingly to the new rules and to pave the way.The winner will receive a grant, an additional prize of mentoring support from art experts and an art trip to Switzerland. The Credit Suisse Cosmoscow Prize for Young Artists aims to provide new international opportunities for Russian emerging talent as the winner can travel to Switzerland to explore the country's art scene, in addition to receiving mentorship support and a financial grant. During the fair Credit Suisse will also acquire a work by a Russian artist for the bank's Moscow office". - Alexey Maslyaev, curator of the Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair NonCommercial Programme

COSMOSCOW 2018 WILL PRESENT THE MEDIA ART COLLECTION BY THE PUSHKIN STATE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

The winner will receive a grant, an additional prize of mentoring support from art experts and an art trip to Switzerland. The Credit Suisse Cosmoscow Prize for Young Artists aims to provide new international opportunities for Russian emerging talent as the winner can travel to Switzerland to explore the country's art scene, in addition to receiving mentorship support and a financial grant. During the fair Credit Suisse will also acquire a work by a Russian artist for the bank's Moscow office.

The expert panel for the Credit Suisse Cosmoscow Prize for Young Artists 2018 includes such renowned art professionals as Sergey Bratkov, artist and professor at Rodchenko Art School, Olga Danilkina, art writer and editor-in-chief of the online magazine about contemporary art Aroundart.ru, Ilya Shipolovskih, Director of the Yeltsin Center art gallery, and Snejana Krsteva, curator at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Among the jury are André Rogger, head of Credit Suisse Collection, David Elliott, curator and writer, Olga Shishko, head of the Department of Film and Media Art at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Dmitry Ozerkov, Director of the Contemporary art department at the State Hermitage Museum, and Kati Kivinen, curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA Helsinki.

CREDIT SUISSE AND COSMOSCOW WILL AWARD THE ANNUAL PRIZE FOR YOUNG ARTISTS FOR THE THIRD TIME.
The winner will receive a grant, an additional prize of mentoring support from art experts and an art trip to Switzerland. The Credit Suisse Cosmoscow Prize for Young Artists aims to provide new international opportunities for Russian emerging talent as the winner can travel to Switzerland to explore the country's art scene, in addition to receiving mentorship support and a financial grant. During the fair Credit Suisse will also acquire a work by a Russian artist for the bank's Moscow office.

The expert panel for the Credit Suisse Cosmoscow Prize for Young Artists 2018 includes such renowned art professionals as Sergey Bratkov, artist and professor at Rodchenko Art School, Olga Danilkina, art writer and editor-in-chief of the online magazine about contemporary art Aroundart.ru, Ilya Shipolovskih, Director of the Yeltsin Center art gallery, and Snejana Krsteva, curator at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Among the jury are André Rogger, head of Credit Suisse Collection, David Elliott, curator and writer, Olga Shishko, head of the Department of Film and Media Art at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Dmitry Ozerkov, Director of the Contemporary art department at the State Hermitage Museum, and Kati Kivinen, curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA Helsinki.

COSMOSCOW 2018 INSTITUTION OF THE YEAR: SMENA CENTER OF CONTEMPORARY CULTURE (KAZAN)
Smena Center of Contemporary Culture is an independent project established in 2013. It regularly hosts contemporary art exhibitions, lectures by important art and science figures, screenings of programmes of international film festivals, presentations of books and public projects, concerts and major city events creating the focus of the cultural life of Kazan.

Smena is intensively promoting the subject of local history and new ways of representing the knowledge about it. This activity was launched by the Iskra festival in 2016 and later supported by the biannual intellectual literature festival and the Rudnik International Documentary Film Festival. The Center implements this mission by the activity of the independent publishing house of the same name which deals with little-known cultural and historical subjects connected with Kazan, Tatarstan and the Volga region. Books of the Smena publishing house are distinctive in the fact that they establish a balance between the local context and contemporary art practices. Local identity is reflected by means of contemporary art. Prominent and well-known Russian artists are welcomed to work on books. Among them are Irina Korina, Arseniy Zhilyaev, Anton Chernyak, Alexander Sigutin, Sveta Shuvaeva, Pachom, ZIP group, EliKuka and many others.

Taus Makhacheva —Cosmoscow 2018 Artist of the Year
Russian artist Taus Makhacheva was named Cosmoscow 2018 Artist of the Year. As a result, Taus will present her specially commissioned project as part of the Fair's forthcoming edition; her art will also provide the basis for Cosmoscow 2018 visual identity. Taus Makhacheva (b. 1983) is the recipient of Kandinsky Prize (2016) and Innovation Prize (2011) among others. In 2017 her work was featured in the main project of the 57th Venice Biennale.
Ruinart Art Patrionat
Russian artist Alexey Martins became the winner of the 2017 Ruinart Art Patronat grant. The grant will allow Martins to execute his proposed Black Diptych (Black Forest and Black Sky) project that will be exhibited for the first time at Cosmoscow in 2018. Martins will also get a chance to visit the House of Ruinart in the Champagne region in France. Born in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, Alexey Martins, who was a nominee of the 2015 Kandinsky Prize (Young Artist – Project of the Year) and is currently collaborating with the Fragment Gallery, Moscow, was selected from a total of 22 artist applications to win the Ruinart Art Patronat grant.
A special acquisition of three works by Russian artist Andrey Kuzkin was made to the State Tretyakov Gallery's permanent collection with the support of Cosmoscow Foundation for Contemporary Art.
The list of donated works include: All Ahead of You installation together with corresponding video documentation (2011); Around the Circle performance video documentation (2008), the Right to Life documentation of 2006-2015 actions, performances and projects.