'Qui vive?' Moscow Biennale for Young Art is one of the largest and ambitious projects, realized on the Moscow art scene in the field of contemporary art at present. The Biennale unites artistic initiatives of the whole Russia, the countries of near and far abroad. Leading art centers of Moscow in collaboration with regional and international partners take part in its preparation and realization.
curated by Daria Pyrkina, Daria Kamyshnikova
“Qui Vive?” Moscow International Biennale for Young Art supports the cultural initiative of the Moscow-based VICTORIA - The Art of Being Contemporary foundation to establish the annual grant for young Russian artists - Olga Lopukhova Scholarship grant. This year, competition for the grant will be held for the first time within the “Qui Vive?” Moscow International Biennale of which Olga was an executive director. The winner will have the opportunity to live and work in the UNIDEE in Residence International programme by Chittadelarte-Fondazione Pistoletto (Italy) during four months - from 15 June 2011 till 15 October 2011.
"Qui vive?" Moscow Biennale for Young Art is one of the largest and ambitious projects, realized on the Moscow art scene in the field of contemporary art at present. The Biennale unites artistic initiatives of the whole Russia, the countries of near and far abroad. Leading art centers of Moscow in collaboration with regional and international partners take part in its preparation and realization.
The key criteria for participant selection are not only age, but also in many cases phase. The matter concerns the spirit, the pathos of the young art, creative passion, bold experiments in search of new vision and method. We say «Stop!» to the young authors, asking them to stop their Brownian motion for a minute and to reflect upon where it is going, asking them to articulate their creative and conceptual positions. To stop and to formulate who, strictly speaking, and where is moving.
New generation of artists gradually becomes objective reality. Count on youth and big potential for development is often risky, though mainly reasonable undertaking, and the results don’ t keep us waiting. Realization of the I Moscow International Biennale for Young Art "Qui vive?" has revealed considerable interest to the project and its current importance, its necessity in the context of art. Young authors have presented a wide range of problems, interesting to them, plastic ideas and artistic methods. The project has attracted proper attention of critics, curators, professional community and wide audience, i. e. those who are not indifferent to the future of the young art.
The First Biennale was to reflect the full range of art experiments made by the young generation of artists, and it was a kind of the «reconnaissance in force» that displayed a great number of young art tendencies in the real art venues. The second experiment was decided to devote to one of the central themes, characterizing the contemporary situation of the young art. The phenomenon of Boundaries and its possible interpretations were selected as the main theme of the 2010 Biennale. It is logical to talk about boundaries after the slogan «Stop! Qui vive?», the invariable motto of the Biennale.
It is timely to raise a problem of the divide between the «young» and «mature» art, to examine peculiarities of the development of art of the globalization era artists, who have been brought up after the symbolic date in the modern era, the fall of Berlin wall (it has been also a metaphoric border between two worlds). The idea of boundaries is connected with the problem of communication, artistic creativity in the epoch of new technologies, implying elimination of geographical barriers and putting artistic ideas into free circulation. Many other adjacent and related topics will be touched in the project.
The Biennale participants will be selected, based on the results of the open admission of applications. Individual or group artwork applications as well as curator project applications will be accepted.
Further information about the terms and conditions of Olga Lopukhova Scholarship grant can be inquired for at:
VICTORIA — The Art of Being
Executive directorate of The Moscow International Biennale for Young Art “Qui Vive?”
8 (495) 699 59 67
Opening Reception monday July 5, 2010
Different art venues in Moscow
MMoMA, Ermolaevskiy per.
MMoMA 9 Tverskoy Blvd
MMoMA, Gogolevskiy Blvd
Autovillemuseum of private collections
Era Foundation for Visual Art Support
M’ARS Centre for Contemporary Arts
RuArts Foundation And Gallery Of Contemporary Art
Winzavod Art Center
PROEKT_FABRIKA, Building 8
ARTPLAY, MEL Gallery, Strelka Institute
Milk&Vodka (St Petersburg)
State Museum-Reserve Tsaritsyno
Stella Art Foundation
The Darwin Museum
StateTretyakov Gallery (inner courtyard)
Central House of Artist
State Museum-Reserve Tsaritsyno NCCA
Garage Center for Contemporary Culture