So, in our biennale round-up, we were left scratching our heads over Kyiv’s fledgling ARSENALE, which recently named springerin team Hedwig Saxenhuber and Georg Schöllhammer (also head of the collective tranzit.at) as the curators of its second edition (following David Elliott’s debut biennale, which, while it may have met with some problems, still hasn’t discouraged the intrepid Brit for signing up to curate this year’s Moscow Biennale of Young Art.) In the Ukraine’s current tug-of-war between Europe and Russia, it seemed unlikely to us that the state would pause to shell out funding for a project so expressly Euro-centric, let alone for a project slated to open already this September.
Today, that head-scratching of ours was replaced by a shrug, as it went public that the second biennale will now take place in 2015. “Will now take place” may be too strong. Let’s stick with “is now scheduled for”?
In any case, we wish this project well, but we recognize that the struggle these curators face is about more than not clearing customs or finding the right light bulbs.
Oh, and that picture above of Ira Korina’s Triumph? It actually has nothing to do with the story, but we just love the image. You can see it in the current exhibition, “On Top,” at the Museum of Moscow.