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National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA)

National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA)

The National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), in collaboration with the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), is the founder and organizer of the Moscow International Biennale of Young Art.

The National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) is the first Russian federal specialized museum-exhibition and research organization. Its activities are focused on the development of contemporary Russian art in the context of the world’s artistic process, the creation and realization of programs and projects in the field of contemporary art, architecture, and design in Russia and abroad.

The National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) was established in Moscow in 1992 at a time in our country when contemporary art had only began to obtain favorable conditions for its existence and development. The Centre became an important and vital structure that consolidated the activities of the representatives of contemporary art, stimulated creativity in order to provide opportunities for artistic expression, and conducted the analysis and interpretation of new art. The activities of the NCCA became a significant factor in the process of reorganization of contemporary Russian artistic life during the 1990s. The NCCA was important not only in Moscow where the Centre was then based, but in other regions of the country where, thanks to an NCCA initiative, contemporary art projects were realized which lead to the activation of development processes in those areas.

The National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) continues its active work aimed at the development and promotion of contemporary Russian art in the the global artistic context. Today the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) is a networked organization with branches in St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Vladikavkaz and Tomsk. A Samara branch is in the process of being established. The NCCA is Russia’s leading national institute specializing in the field of contemporary art. The Centre’s activities are developed in close collaboration with independent specialists in the field of contemporary art and art culture, and also with state and non-state museums, galleries, research institutions, and community organizations both in Russia and abroad.

The National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) works under the auspices of and with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.


Mikhail Mindlin, General Director of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA):

"In the course of preparations for the Biennale, an important positive trait became evident: every year, there is a growing interest among artists from all over the world towards the project. This is proven by the growth in the number of applications and the widening of the Biennale’s geography. This year, a considerable number of applications came from Asian artists, and from Australia — for the first time in the history of the Biennale. The Biennale succeeds in its mission by discovering new names and bringing more young artists and curators into the art process, giving them the opportunity to speak publicly and be noticed by the professional community. For the new generation, this is a chance to take part in a large-scale international project that attracts dozens of thousands of visitors. Apart from the main and strategic projects, the Biennale incorporates special and collateral events hosted by different exhibition venues in Moscow. Following the Biennale theme, A Time for Dreams, we would like to suggest that our visitors should dream together with the artists."

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.