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The Moscow International Biennale for Young Art takes place biannually in Moscow during the Summer period and represents a review of works (individual and collective) by Russian and foreign artists of the new generation (age up to and including 35), working in the field of contemporary art using new techniques, practices and technology.

Aims of the Biennale:

  • To present the entirety of the spectrum of trends and strategies of young contemporary art:
  • To stimulate and support new artists;
  • To engage in the creative process of a new generation;
  • To attract the attention of a wide audience to the processes of international young contemporary visual art.

Competitive Program:

  • Main Project,
  • Strategic Project,
  • Special Project.

Non-Competitive Program:

  • Projects of the Parallel Program.


The Main project is the fundamental/title project which is developed and realized by the artistic director/curator group and follows the Biennale theme. The artistic director (curatorial group) retains the right to select applications, filed at the Biennale, for the formation of the Main project.

The strategic projects of the Biennale take place at the exhibition spaces of its organizers: the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA).

Their mission is to search for the definition and presentation of guidelines for the development of young art. The curators/curatorial group are determined by the Biennale organizers on a competitive basis from applications received during open enrollment and in agreement with the artistic director.

Expenses related to the organization and realization of the Biennale main project and strategic projects that take place in the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), are covered by fund provided by the federal government, regional governments, and non-govermental sources.

The Biennale’s Special projects are designed to reflect the various trends and strategies of contemporary young art both dominant and peripheral, and can directly or indirectly reflect the theme of the next Biennale. Special projects can be implemented at all exhibition sites. Special projects curators/curator group and the concept must be coordinated with the artistic director and organizers.

Projects of the Biennale Parallel Program do not have to reflect the main theme and may not be implemented at all sites, subject to the organizer’s approval. Expenses related to the organization and realization of special projects and parallel programs at other Biennale exhibition areas are covered by the organizations or individuals that implement them, or by other involved sources.


Participant Applications

Applications for participation in the Biennale are only accepted through the official website of the Biennale by filling in an electronic form according to the instructions provided on the «Application procedure» page. Applications for participation in the Biennale are accepted within the time announced by the organizers biannually; the application time frame for the 2014 Biennale is from 12 November , 2013 until 30 March, 2014.

3069 applications by artists under 35 from 84 countries of the world were submitted for the competition this year. For the Main Project of the Biennale, Artistic Director David Elliott selected works by 83 authors from 32 countries.



In order to encourage and support young artists from Russia and abroad, a competition to find the best work of visual art is held as part of the Biennale. Submitted works are evaluated by a jury consisting of leading masters of Russian and foreign culture. The winner of the competition will receive the Biennale prize.

July 2, 2014

On June 24 and 25, 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art began. 3069 applications by artists under 35 from 84 countries of the world were submitted for the competition, which lasted from November 2013 through March 2014. David Elliott, Artistic Director of the Biennale, proposed the motto A Time for Dreams as the general theme, and curated the main Biennale project, which presented works by 83 artists from 32 countries of the world.

June 17, 2014

The educational program of the Biennale, curated by Antonio Geusa and coordinated by Ekaterina Razdumina, is entitled Wise Advice, and aims at helping young artists to find answers to various questions that concern their creative growth and career development.