Bolshe Sveta / More Light

Fifth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art

For the Fifth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art the curator of the main project Catherine de Zegher has selected the title More Light, focusing on the themes of space and time. As she stated “The artists in this Biennale point out an urgent need to enact another kind of movement in the world. By entering slow time and slow attention, there is an increased receptiveness to sensation and movement—an unfolding that profoundly belongs to art and aesthetics. Together with audiences, these artists engage in the continuities between past, present and future, through a focus on daily routines and habits, in a time that is of the present, sometimes intimate and domestic, and that is related to our environment. The most familiar meanings of place and time are here linked with great currents of space-time, of thought and art, in an attempt to shed more light on large problems and questions of our time in society.”The exhibition examines practices situated neither on the crest of a fictional, imaginary present or the forefront of the age, but that belong, rather, to a continuous, coherent and slow present. This is art of a profound and radical present, art deliberately out of step with the breakneck contemporary “creative economy.” One of the objectives pursued by the curator has been to highlight the issue of time that cuts across economy, society and art, while at the same time tackling the issue of space, which has resonance in cultural contexts and institutions around the world.The main project presents the work of seventy-two artists and groups of artists, including a collective of nineteen artists, with around thirty artworks produced especially for the Manege Exhibition Hall. Among them are works by Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, Alexander Brodsky, Jumaadi, David Claerbout, Valery Koshlyakov, Alia Syed and Yona Friedman.In addition to the exhibition shown in the Manege exhibition hall, a lot of different exhibition are shown at galleries and museum across the city.
For the complete list of artists and venues visit the Fifth Moscow Biennale website.

Open:Thursday, 19 September 2013
Close:Sunday, 20 October 2013
Address:Manege Exhibition Hall, 1 Manezhnaya ploshchad, Moscow, and various location in town
Web:Fifth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art
Opening hour:Everyday, 12pm – 10pm
Photo credits:Robin Rhode, A Day in May (still), 2013. Single-channel HD digital video, sound, 3:14 min. Courtesy of the artist; Aslan Gaisumov, In Memory of A. P., 2010. From the series ‘Untitled (War)’. Mixed media, 16х22х3 cm. Courtesy of the artist; Ed Pien, Imaginary Dwelling (detail), 2013. Mylar, monofilament, rope, 3M film, video, mirrors and paper Variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist; Gosia Wlodarczak, Window Shopping Frost Drawing, 2012. 18-day performance, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia. Courtesy of the artist and Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne

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