Baibakov Art Projects is an organization founded in 2008 by Maria Baibakova as a progressive platform for cultural production within Moscow and abroad. Its mission is two-fold: to foster an understanding of global contemporary art in Russia and to support the presence and infiltration of Russian contemporary art in the rest of the world. Baibakov Art Projects started as an exhibition platform that expanded to include educational initiatives, a publishing program, a series of commissioned work, and performances. It now functions as a hybrid organization, on the cusp of a kunsthalle and a production fund, pioneering a new model of patronage to promote experimental art and cultural practice in Russia and abroad.
Since its inception, Baibakov Art Projects has produced exhibitions with over seventy Russian and international artists. The program launched with “invasion : evasion,” (December 2008 – January 2009), an exhibition which challenged 22 Russian artists – including Katya Bochavar, Alex Buldakov, Irina Korina, Valery Chtak, Dmitry Venkov and Alina Gutkina – to stage of a creative invasion of the space, evading typical classifications and expectations of what “contemporary Russian art” should look like.
The next project, “Natural Wonders: New Art from London” (February-April 2009) sought to capture the energy, vitality and diversity of practice of over 20 artists who have taken centre stage in the British capital, including Ryan Gander, Idris Khan, Conrad Shawcross, Nicole Wermers and Toby Ziegler. The opening featured performances by David Birkin and Eloise Fornieles. This was followed by “FIVE,” (May – July 2009), which explored the work of five internationally recognized American artists: Walead Beshty, Matthew Brannon, Wade Guyton, Sterling Ruby, and Kelley Walker, alongside the companion exhibition, “The Original Five,” which brought together work by Robert Indiana, Donald Judd, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra and Andy Warhol. The fall of 2009 brought with it three separate solo shows: “Olga Chernysheva: Present Past,” “Luc Tuymans: Against the Day,” and “Paul Pfeiffer: Perspective Machine.”
In 2010, Baibakov Art Projects moved to a new space on the Paveletskaya Naberezhnaya, site of “Perpetual Battles,” a group exhibition that looked at conflict as a necessary engine, through the lens of new and site-specific work by Adel Abdessemed, Saadane Afif, Wilfrid Almendra, Latifa Echakhch, Claire Fontaine, Cyprien Gaillard, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Thomas Hirschhorn, Oscar Tuazon, Ida Tursic & Wilfried Mille, and Raphael Zarka. This was followed by a collaborative exhibition with Berlin-based journal 032c; “032c Workshop Report #1 (Moscow)” mixed design objects and artworks by Yakov Chernikov, Cyprien Gaillard, Konstantin Grcic, Carsten Holler, Missoni, Rick Owens, Gosha Rubchinsky, Slavs and Tatars and Andro Wekua.
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