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. 

Antonio Geusa on the educational program of the Biennale:

“Russian contemporary art is still very young.  At least, that is true of its audience. <…> Russian education system still offers no graduate program in contemporary art. In the last few years, a number of art institutions have started to fill this gap by offering young artists, critics and curators the opportunity to get a solid educational base in the field. However, many young artists feel that they lack the skills to filter the impetus of their creativity and select the right material from their portfolios to present to curators, gallery owners, directors of art institutions or potential sponsors.

Wise Advice, the educational program of the Biennale, can be helpful for them as it concentrated on various and effective practical and theoretical recommendations given by experienced colleagues to artists, curators, art critics and historians who are yet to build their careers in contemporary art.

Moscow Biennale for Young Art is a unique opportunity for artists to engage with each other in open discussions about art. A series of informal and lively meet-the-artist talks will help to achieve it. The list of speakers includes acclaimed ‘stars’ – whose advice can open the eyes and minds of young artists – as well as participants of the Biennale’s main project (David Elliott’s exhibition A Time for Dreams) who are now taking their first steps in the field.

The educational program is divided into four areas and offers a series of lectures and seminars throughout the whole duration of the Biennale:

  • Theory
    Academic-type lectures examining the historical and philosophical implications of the concept of the main exhibition, A Time for Dreams, curated by David Elliott, and the legacy of Russian avant-garde (probably the most influential ‘dreamers’ in the history of art).
  • Strategy Planning
    Seminars aimed at helping young artists to improve the way they pitch their ideas and promote their works. These lectures offer valuable guidance on practical questions, such as creating
    a portfolio, making an effective presentation, defending copyright and applying for funding.
  • Exhibiting Art
    Informal talks that examine in detail the practicalities of showing a work to a wide audience.
    In particular, the lectures examine in depth the differences and similarities between being
    a curator and being an artist.
  • Artists’ Talks
    Talks and question & answer sessions led by world-famous artists and by young artists – participants of the current and previous Biennales, speaking about their artistic paths.


Apart from that, the educational program will also include a series of activities for teenagers, and special creative workshops for the youngest audience aged 4 and above.

A separate educational program will accompany special projects of the Biennale. For its schedule and that of kids’ workshops, please check the following websites: strelkainstitute.com, v-a-c.ru.




The Stuff of Dreams

Speaker: David Elliott (UK) – curator, writer, museum consultant, contemporary art expert

Date and time: June 18, 7:30-9pm

For this fourth edition of the International Biennale of Young Art in Moscow David Elliott has chosen the title A Time for Dreams in acknowledgement of the chronic precariousness of our own times and the urgent need for the young generation to find a dream, a hope and a possibility of not ‘going with the flow’, but investing its energy to make the world a better place. During his lecture the artistic director of this year’s Biennale main project will say more about the concept of the exhibition and his curatorial decisions.


Young Art – the Russian Avant-garde

Speaker: Kirill Svetlyakov (Russia) – art historian, Head of Contemporary Art Department at the State Tretyakov Gallery

Date and time: July 17, 7:30-9pm

Kirill Svetlyakov, one of the most respected Russian researchers on 20th century art, will give a lecture dedicated to the Russian avant-garde movements and the people who made them.


Lessons of the Russian Avant-garde

Speaker: Faina Balakhovskaya (Russia) – art historian, art critic

Date and time: July 24, 7:30-9pm

The lecture will focus on the theory of the Russian avant-garde, looking at the historical situation in Russia at the beginning of the 20th century, the origin and development of main avant-garde trends, major achievements, and reasons for the rise and fall of the Russian avant-garde.




About Portfolios

Speakers: Members of the Biennale jury

Date and time: June 26, 5-9pm

At this first meeting between art professionals and young artists in the Strategy Planning section, young artists will have the opportunity to show their works to members of the Biennale jury and obtain detailed comment.


One Critic Said That…


Gleb.Napreyenko (Russia) – art critic, art historian

Anna Bykova (Russia) – art critic, writer for Aroundart.ru online magazine

Natalia Alexander (Russia) – artist, writer for ART UZEL media project

Olga Butenop (Russia) – artist, writer for ART UZEL media project

Date and time: July 1, 7:30-9pm

Four invited art critics will discuss selected works from the main project of the Biennale and answer the participants’ questions.


I Am Listening to You


Elena Bakanova (Russia) – art historian, journalist, gallery owner, founder of Paperworks Gallery

Sergey Popov (Russia) – art historian, owner and director of Pop/off/art Gallery

Natasha Tamruchi (Russia) – gallery owner, founder of Open Gallery

Date and time: July 2, 7:30-9pm

Three well-known Moscow gallery owners will answer artists’ questions and give full information about exhibition policies and the rules of the gallery business. 


How to Protect Copyright and How Not to Break It: Practical Advice to Artists

Dates and time: July 9 and 10, 7:30-9pm

An expert in the field of copyright in Russia will give two lectures. In the first one, issues related to the protection of copyright will be highlited, and in the second one, the legal nuances of using and quoting from someone else's material will be discussed.


How to Finance Your Art Project

Speaker: Elena Kolovskaya (Russia) – Director of Pro Arte St. Petersburg Foundation for Culture and Arts, the Northwestern Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA)

Date and time: July 15, 7:30-9pm

Elena Kolovkaya, head of Pro Arte – one of the most respected Russian art foundations, will talk about funding sources, how to find project sponsors, and specifics of the art market in Russia.


How to Make an Effective Presentation

Speaker: Susanne Winterling (Germany – Norway) – artist and lecturer at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts

Date and time: July 22, 7:30-9pm

Susan Winterling explains how to communicate with curators, what to say in an interview and how to say it, how to present a project or a portfolio.


Art and Life

Speaker: Kate Scully (UK) – artist, lecturer at London University for the Creative Arts

Dates and time: July 29 and 30, 7:30-9pm

Kate Scully, artist, teacher and manager, will share her experiences and practices, answer questions about what artists do after learning their craft, whether to continue learning, how to start a career, what to work as, how to set priorities and to succeed in your chosen field.




The Double Life: Curating Art vs. Making Art (Part 1)

Speaker: Vladimir Logutov (Russia) – artist and curator

Date and time: July 8, 7:30-9pm

Vladimir Logutov has proven himself both as a gifted artist and as a talented curator. He will share his personal experiences and life examples to explain the differences between the professions, including an account of the beginning of his career.


Biennale, Triennale, Festival: Mega-shows as a Format for the Presentation of Contemporary Art

Speaker: Victor Miziano (Russia) – curator, founder and editor-in-chief of Moscow Art Magazine

Date and time: July 16, 7:30-9pm

Victor Miziano will talk about the biennale system, offering examples from his own curatorial practice to consider how projects are structured, what their functions are, and how curators work with artists.


The Double Life: Curating Art vs Making Art (Part 2)

Speaker: Stas Shuripa (Russia) – artist, curator, author of texts on contemporary art and visual culture

Date and time: July 31, 7:30-9pm

Stas Shuripa, a talented teacher, artist and curator, will discuss these various roles and share his personal experience with the audience.




Aslan Gaisumov: Two Years After

Speaker: Aslan Gaisumov (Russia) – artist, Winner of the 3rd Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2012)

Date and time: June 19, 7:30-9pm

Aslan Gaisumov won the main prize of the 3rd Moscow International Biennale for Young Art in 2012, and is a contributor to the main project of the 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2013). He will talk about his creative path, new projects and plans for the future.


Meeting with participants of the 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art

Date and time: June 24, 2:30-4:30pm and 5-7pm

Venue: National Centre for Contemporary Arts (13 build. 2, Zoologicheskaya Street)

Participants of this year’s Biennale main project will introduce themselves to the art public and share their impressions.


Katarzyna Kozyra

Speaker: Katarzyna Kozyra (Poland)

Date and time: July 3, 7:30-9pm

Artist, sculptor, photographer and author of video installations, films and other art projects, Katarzyna Kozyra is probably the brightest star of contemporary art in Poland. Her works are much discussed. Katarzyna will talk about her latest activities and plans for the future, and answer questions.


Antoni Muntadas

Speaker: Antoni Muntadas (Spain)

Date and time: July 23, 7:30-9pm

Antoni Muntadas, one of foremost contemporary Spanish artists, laureate of the Velázquez Prize and participant of Documenta in Kassel, represented Spain in 2005 at the 51st Venice Biennale. Antoni will talk about his creative path and past projects.




Curator: Evgenia Kikodze

At educational events for teenagers conducted by young Russian artists, youngsters will be taught some practical artistic skills. Also, they will learn about leading international artists of the last thirty years, main current trends in the art process, and personal experience of the speakers. Students

will be invited to learn the skills of working with collage, photo and video assemblage, and the basic principles of digital video editing.



Alla Afonina (Russia) – artist, graduate of Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia

Vera Laponkina (Russia) – artist, graduate of Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography
and Multimedia

Viktoria Marchenkova (Russia) – artist, art historian, teacher at Rodchenko Moscow School 
of Photography and Multimedia

Taisia Krugovikh (Russia) – video artist, graduate of Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography
and Multimedia, teacher at Kids’ School of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA)


The program includes the following master classes:

  • June 30, 4-5:30pm – Alla Afonina. Working with Archive Photographs (Recycling)
  • July 3, 4-5:30pm – Alla Afonina. Creation of Portrait Allegories
  • July 7, 4-5:30pm – Vera Laponkina. Stencils: Andy Warhol, Banksy
  • July 10, 4-5:30pm – Vera Laponkina. Collage: Robert Rauschenberg, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque
  • July 14, 4-5:30pm – Viktoria Marchenkova. Video Performance: The Lessons of Marina Abramović
  • July 17, 4-5:30pm – Viktoria Marchenkova. How to Make Your Own TV: Ant Farm, Pirate Television, and Ryan Trekartin
  • July 21, 4-5:30pm – Taisia Krugovikh. Making Audiovisual Works for Various Purposes
    (Art History in Cinema or Social Project)
  • July 24, 4-5:30pm – Taisia Krugovikh. Editing and Completion of a Video Work
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.