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Moscow Biennale reveals this year’s line-up

Moscow Biennale reveals this year's line-up
Architect Alexander Brodsky in his Moscow studio. Photograph: Petr Antonov/Grinberg Agency

13 August 2013

The Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art has revealed the line-up for this year’s festival, including 13 artists from Russia, most notably architect Alexander Brodsky. Around 30 artworks will be created specifically for the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall, the main venue for the biennale.

Brodsky, who is currently working on a large-scale installation for Manezh, told The Calvert Journal: “I haven’t come up with a final title for my piece, which will look like a huge entrance made of recycled and found materials. It will be lit from inside but people won’t be able to approach it so they’ll hopefully feel a bit puzzled about where it leads.”

Other artists creating original artworks include the husband-and-wife team Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan (Philippines), multimedia artist David Claerbout (Belgium), experimental filmmaker Alia Syed (UK) and urban planner Yona Friedman (France).

The biennale will feature work by 72 artists from 40 countries, many of whom will be exhibiting in Russia for the first time. (Click here for a full list of participants.) This year’s theme, chosen by curator Catherine de Zegher, is More Light. The Moscow Biennale will run from 20 September to 20 October. There will also be a number of fringe exhibitions at galleries across the city including at the Tretyakov State Gallery, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture.