National centre for contemporary arts (NCCA) as part of the Museum and exhibition center “ROSIZO” has developed a long-term project of interregional cooperation in the field of contemporary art NEMOSKVA. The organizers have set an ambitious task to merge the accumulated regional branches of the NCCA’s experience of cultural development in the cities of Russia and to provide the Russian and international cultural scene-date image of contemporary art regions of the country.

photo: courtesy of the press service of the project

NEMOSKVA launched in 2017 as a strategic project of the development of modern culture in the regions of Russia for the period from 2018 to 2022. Its goal is the development of horizontal linkages, the promotion of regional artists and curators, study the current situation in the field through professional dialogue, creation of new opportunities for international cooperation .

The organizers have thought carefully about the way to achieve the desired result and decided the fate of the project during its launch. It will be implemented in five stages: international travelling Symposium in 12 cities of Russia (2018), previews of the project at the 58th Venice Biennale (2019), exhibition in Center for fine arts BOZAR in Brussels, the exhibition in the Russian regions (2021) and the development of the project in the CIS countries and the BRICS (2022).

The first stage includes a trip of international Symposium NEMOSKVA in 12 cities of the TRANS-Siberian railway in August and September 2018, during which experts will select the ideas for exhibition projects 2019-2022 years. Among its participants — people, are highly significant in the cultural environment: the curator of the 10th Berlin Biennale for contemporary art Gabi Ngcobo (Germany); Executive Director, center Para Site Cosmin Costinas (China); Professor of the Courtauld Institute of art Sarah Wilson (Britain); Director of Hartware MedienKunstVerein Inca, Arnes (Germany) and many others.

Under the project, about 60 Russian and foreign figures of modern art will be passed on such Russian cities as Nizhny Novgorod, Perm, Yekaterinburg, Tyumen, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude, Khabarovsk, Vladivostok. The so-called cultural tour will be accompanied by discussions, interviews, portfolio review, and a traveling exhibition will be the highlight of the entire program. In partnership with the delegation of the European Union in the framework of “Public diplomacy. The EU and Russia” prepared a program of public lectures European curators about contemporary art.

I love projects that start from the roots, says the author of idea and the Ural biennial Commissioner Alisa Prudnikova. – For the formation of a multi-year platform NEMOSKVA we began to study the situation on the ground, talk about what excites people in the regions. Our mobile Symposium assembled to enhance communication, integrate international experts interested in cooperation with Russia in a dialogue on the present and future of art in such a broad Russian geography. We chose the symbolic horizontal line — the TRANS-Siberian railway and 12 cities in the course of its investigation.

NEMOSKVA among Russian projects in the field of contemporary art hits the scale. Over the next four years, the project will gradually approach a given bar, exerting their influence on the Russian regions and abroad. This event is to unite creative people of different fields to get a fresh perspective on the state of contemporary culture in Russia and to make it available to a wider circle of people.