Here and Now. An Atlas of Moscow Art Studios
Date: July 26 — August 25, 2019
Venue: Moscow Manege

Here and Now is a month-long workshop run by Moscow’s best artists and art teachers.

The exhibition Here and Now. An Atlas of Moscow Art Studios opening at Moscow Manege on July 26, 2019, presents an overview of the city’s art education, introduces visitors to contemporary teaching practices and explores the ways in which they influence life in Moscow. The project includes an exhibition and an extensive program of lectures and workshops by teachers from the city’s leading art schools and studios, contemporary artists and curators.

The Here and Now project was launched by the Moscow City Government as a large-scale annual showcase of the city’s artistic practices. The project aims to create a major platform for exploring the opportunities offered by Moscow as a centre of contemporary culture. In 2018, the project Here and Now! presented an overview of institutional initiatives in culture, allowing visitors to see a cultural map of the entire city in one exhibition space.

The exhibition Here and Now. An Atlas of Moscow Art Studios covers a wide range of contemporary creative practices, from painting and sculpture to photography and new media. This year’s exhibition is curated by architect Yuri Avvakumov and presents projects by twelve artists who teach at various institutions. The exhibition is organised by the Moscow City Department of Culture in collaboration with the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and Moscow Museum and Exhibition Association Manege.

The participants include some of the leading art teachers, artists and curators, who shape the development of the Moscow art scene today: Vladislav Kirpichev (architecture), Anatoly Osmolovsky (sculpture), Aidan Salakhova (painting), Alexander Kornoukhov (mosaic), Viktor Melamed (graphic arts), Andrey Silvestrov (film), Dmitry Krymov (theatre), Mikhail Labazov (street art), Sergey Bratkov (photography), Dmitry Znamensky (new media), Svetlana Tegin (fashion) and Elena Tupyseva (dance). Each of them running a creative studio, they will offer insight into the making of art works of various art forms and genres—a chance to see the «backstage» of contemporary art.

The education program includes lectures, workshops, screenings, sketching sessions, an experimental lab, discussions, public talks and other events with leading cultural practitioners. Events run every day except Mondays, with classes for children taking place every Sunday.

Institutions taking part in the education program include the Russian Academy of Arts, the Surikov Art Institute, the Russian Institute of Theatre Arts — GITIS, ROSIZO-NCCA, the British Higher School of Art and Design, the Rodchenko Art School, Baza Institute, EDAS School and Studio, DEZ № 5 Studio, TSEKH Contemporary Dance Center, Tegin Fashion House, Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art and Collective Film Studio.

For the duration of the exhibition, Moscow Manege will act as a creative workshop in the very centre of the city. Each art form featured in the project—painting, sculpture, photography, graphic arts, mosaics, street art, film and video art, media art, architecture, dance and fashion—will have its own running workshop, allowing visitors to witness the production of art in real time.

Functioning as an interactive exhibition, Here and Now allows multifaceted communication with viewers. The project aims to spark a dialogue around contemporary art, present a wide spectrum of art forms and ideas that can be found on the scene today, and show the versatility and the vibrant energy of creative practices in the city.
The exhibition and education events are free of charge and open to the public.


Yuri Avvakumov is an architect and curator, member of the Russian Academy of Arts. In the recent years he has been focused on museum design. Yuri Avvakumov’s works are in collections of the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg; the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow; MoMA, New York; National Center for Contemporary Arts, Moscow; the State Museum of Architecture, Moscow; Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Centre George Pompidou, Paris; and ZKM Museum for New Art, Karlsruhe.

Moscow Department of Culture

Being engaged in developing and implementing the state cultural policy, the Moscow Department of Culture coordinates the functioning of more than 900 cultural institutions including museums, theaters, exhibition halls, libraries, houses of culture, cinemas, parks, concert and educational organizations. The Department is engaged in maintaining and improving parks, repairing and renovating theaters, museums and other cultural institutions, as well as organizing children’s leisure activities and recreation activities for children eligible for social benefits. The Department’s projects include such events as Moscow City Day, Victory Day, Moscow Cultural Forum, «Night at the Museum», «Night at the Theater», «Night of the Arts», «Cinema Night», «Literary Night», «Night at the Skating Rink» and Moscow Graduation Day at the Gorky Park.

Moscow Museum of Modern Art

The Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art is the first state museum of contemporary art in Russia. It was founded in 1999 by the President of the Russian Academy of Arts Zurab Tsereteli. Tsereteli’s collection, encompassing more than 2000 works of famous artists of the 20th century, became the founding cadre of the museum’s collection, which is currently one of the most representative collections of the Russian art of the 20th century. With its six venues spread across the city, MMOMA is an active participant of the city art life. Recently, MMOMA has opened Education Center in one of its venues in the heart of the capital. It contains a library with books on art, a cafe, a lecture hall and exhibition halls with works from the MMOMA collection on view. The museum delivers an extensive exhibition program putting emphasis on art education, programs for young artists and inclusive projects. The museum has its own publishing program, a research department and a laboratory which provides services on evaluation of art works. The museum actively expands into Russian regions contributing to maintaining vibrant cultural life across the country. In 2019, MMOMA celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Moscow Manege

Moscow Manege plays an important role in the cultural life of both the city and the country. The building of the Central Exhibition Hall ‘Manege’ was constructed in 1817 under the order of Alexander I. Over its 200-year history the function of the building changed several times. It hosted public entertainment events and parades and functioned as a garage for public officials’ cars. In 1957 it was converted into an exhibition hall. Today Manege is one of the largest exhibition venues in the city and the major exhibition hall of the country.

The website is maintained with the support of MOSGORTUR

In August 2018, Moscow Manege hosted the first exhibition of contemporary art Here and Now! Conceived as an annual event, the exhibition aims to bring contemporary art to the city. Fifty projects representing different art forms such as theater, cinema, installation, sound art, video art, performance as well as related disciplines such as education and publishing were brought together in one venue. The show was curated by artist and architect Katya Bochavar. The project was commissioned by the Mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin, following his meeting with the art community which took place on June 6, 2018 in the MMOMA Educational Center and carried out by the Moscow Department of Culture together with MOSGORTUR. As part of the show MOSGORTUR recruited and trained mediators in order to help visitors with various level of art knowledge grasp the concepts behind the works presented. In less than a month, more than 35 thousand people visited the exhibition.


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