Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA)

Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA)

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), in collaboration with the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), is the founder and organizer of the Moscow International Biennale of Young Art. The Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA) is the first Russian museum specializing in the art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Since the opening of the museum it has increased its sphere of activities manifold, and received acclaim from a wide audience. Today it is one of the most active participants in the creative life of the capital.

The museum opened its doors on the 15th of December 1999 with the support of the Moscow city government and the Moscow Department of Culture. Zurab Tsereteli, president of the Russian Academy of Art, is the founder and later director. His personal collection of more than 2,000 works by renowned artists of the 20th century formed the cornerstone of the museum collection. Later the museum was enlarged considerably, and now holds one of the most representative collections of Russian art of the 20th century.

Today the museum occupies four floors in the historical center of Moscow. The main building, which houses the permanent as well as temporary exhibits, is located on Petrovka Street, in the former mansion of the merchant Gubin, designed by architect Matvei Kazakov. In addition, the museum has at its disposal three magnificent exhibition spaces: the five-story building on Yermolaevsky Lane, a spacious gallery on the Tverskoi Boulevard and the old building of the Russian Academy of Arts on Gogol Boulevard.


Vasili Tsereteli, Executive Director of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA):

"The Biennale for Young Art presents works by artists under 35. Emerging, largely unknown by the public, they show their works at this international event and have a chance to meet acclaimed masters. The artistic community can discover new names from all over the world, including from different regions of Russia — this opens up the art world. Well-known and emerging artists have equal opportunities, as everyone can apply to take part in the project. The fourth Biennale is different because of the international reputation of its curator — the main project is designed by David Elliott."

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.