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Cosmoscow, in an eggshell

Marcel Broodthaers’ “Portemanteau,” one of the Belgian artist’s eggshell works from 1965, was among the biggest sales at Cosmoscow, the art fair that closed last Sunday in Moscow. The Broodthaers and a Sigmar Polke painting (both sold for an undisclosed … Continue reading

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Art, commerce and some broken locks

This week Cosmoscow, Russia’s sole remaining contemporary art fair, has announced its program and list of participants. The fair, which will happen for the second time (its debut happened in December 2010 at our old home in the Red October Chocolate Factory) will … Continue reading

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Drama in the courtroom – and beyond

Last time we’ve heard from Oleg Vorotnikov aka Vor (“thief” in Russian), the self-proclaimed leader of Voina, an artist collective best known for drawing a 200-foot phallus on Liteinyi Bridge in front of the FSB building in St Petersburg, he was … Continue reading

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In other news

It seems that in the past few weeks, Russia has been in the headlines for reasons that leave more to be desired. Stepping into the global conversation this month, Russia’s two greatest cultural institutions – the ballet and the avant-garde … Continue reading

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An Oh So Quiet Manifesta

A month ago, the fate of Manifesta10, the European art biennial that was set to open in St. Petersburg on June 28th, was still undecided. Some artists were boycotting the exhibition, others were dropping out, staff was not being paid, … Continue reading

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That Time for Dreams Again? Young Biennale, Kabakovs in Paris, and Koenig expresses doubts on Manifesta

As June kicks in, Baibakov Art Projects will shift to its summer regime, but before taking any breaks, there were a few stories we had to get out there. The Dreamers Last week, the Moscow Biennale of Young Art unveiled … Continue reading

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Swearbots, Pussy Riot, and a glimpse Out of Time

Admittedly, from the Western perspective, things have been a bit rocky in Russia lately. (In a piece for the New Republic, satirical bloggers Kermlin suggested giving up optimism and instead start placing bets on the worst possible outcomes, as either way you’re … Continue reading

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The Show Must Go On for Pinchuk and Manifesta; Not So Much, Voina

Countdown to the Future Generation Art Prize Only five days remain until the close of the Pinchuk Art Centre‘s biennial Future Generation Art Prize. While escalating tensions around Ukraine had us wondering if the show would indeed go on – … Continue reading

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Pavilion Politics, Power-Players and a lot of Prizes

We promised this post would be on prizes, and there were certainly plenty given out this week: the Art Newspaper Russia‘s new award, the St Petersburg-based Kurokhin Prize, and of course, the National Center for Contemporary Art’s Innovation Prize, which was awarded last … Continue reading

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Russian Minister of Culture fires commissioner Grigory Revzin just weeks before the Venice Architecture Biennale

In Russia this week brings a near-comical number of prizes – the St Petersburg-based Kurokhin Prize, the National Center for Contemporary Art’s Innovation Prize, the newly-formed Art Newspaper Russia Prize, the Moscow Museum of Multimedia Art’s Golden Camera…  Basically, just … Continue reading

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