Date: OCTOBER 27, 2020 - JFEBRUARY, 21 2021

Curator of the MMOMA Young Art Support Program: Daria Kamyshnikova

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the School of Contemporary Art Free Workshops present Katya Isaeva’s project the Museum of Nature, being the part of the MMOMA Young Art Support Program.

In the Museum of Nature project the artist ponders on the interaction of Human and Nature, her thoughts taking the shape of a museum collection. It is the museum bringing together myths and facts, old and new philosophical and scientific theories, the place where a scientist, an artist and nature would constantly interchange.

The display explores three natural kingdoms — minerals, plants and animals. Relying on Carl Linnaeus’s Systema Naturae nomenclature theory based on the categories of genus and species, the artist introduces the viewer to an improvised classification of living beings based on their characteristics. The Museum of Nature project displays artworks in mixed media, addressing the life of extinct birds, stones, artificial mountains, as well as fantastic animals and plants.

About the Artist:

Katya Isaeva (born in 1980, in Karaganda) is an interdisciplinary artist and curator graduated from the Institute of Contemporary Art (2013-2014) and the School of Contemporary Art Free Workshops at the MMOMA (2019-2020), being also an alumna of the London University of the Arts (2010-2011). She took part in a parallel program of Manifesta (Saint Petersbourg), special programs of the VI Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, parallel and special programs of the Moscow Biennale of Young Art in 2014, 2016, 2018, international video art festivals (Austria, Hungary, Germany), many group exhibitions at the venues of the MMOMA and CCI FABRIKA.

About the Free Workshops School of Contemporary Art:

The School of Contemporary Art Free Workshops is an educational center under the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. It was created for young artists and curators. The School was founded in 1992 by a group of artists and art historians, including Alexander Ponomarev, Vladimir Kupriyanov, Vladimir Nasedkin, and the MSU professors Vera Dazhina and Valery Turchin. At the School, students have the opportunity to study with the stellar cast of teachers, successful cultural figures, famous philosophers and theorists of contemporary art. During the training, young artists and curators get immersed in the today art world, participating in master classes, group exhibitions, festivals. As part of the Museum, Free Workshops offer students a unique opportunity to study theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary art, being at its epicenter. At all stages of the artist’s formation, the Museum and the School provide them with significant support, assisting them with participation in group exhibition projects (annual exhibitions of young art the Workshop, group projects of young curators), the possibility of organizing the first solo exhibition (MMOMA Young Art Support Program).


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