The Moscow Museum of Modern Art is launching a new experimental program titled Carte Blanche, in the course of which the museum will be inviting artistic institutions to implement their own curatorial initiatives at MMOMA sites. The new program takes inspiration from the series of exhibitions of the same title introduced in 2013 in Palais de Tokyo, Paris, as part of which each year an artist is invited to present an exhibition in Palais and is given complete freedom within the space.
In accordance with its aim of developing institutional relations and in contrast to the original program, MMOMA invites not artists but cultural organizations to present their exhibitions in the museum, giving them carte blanche in terms of concept, selection of artists, and design. MMOMA believes that strengthening institutional cooperation and cultural ties between state museums and private institutions has a practical impact on the development of contemporary society. Invited institutions’ projects will contribute to building on the activities of the museum and furthering its ambition to broaden current perceptions of contemporary art. Such cooperation contributes to introducing MMOMA’s visitors to new ideas and names and at the same time gives invited institutions the opportunity to face challenges such as the implementation of their projects in a different context as well as how to communicate with new audiences.
In 2017 the Carte Blanche projects will take place in MMOMA’s building at Gogolevsky Boulevard 10. V-A-C is the first institution to participate in the initiative. Over the course of this year, starting from April, V-A-C will present four projects, all of which are intended to question the notion of exhibition and analyze both challenges and possibilities faced by cultural organizations in the contemporary environment — issues considered vital to institutional development in Russia today. V-A-C and MMOMA aim to initiate an open discussion on these themes with both the professional community and the public.
The project by Maria Kramar and Karen Sarkisov Hosting the Inhuman, which will take place from April 12 to June 7 2017, marks the beginning of the Carte Blanche program. Hosting the Inhuman investigates the relationship between material objects, non-human forms of life and the environment. It is a multidisciplinary project, which brings together artists, musicians, theorists, scientists and philosophers and includes an exhibition, film screenings, a series of talks and an extensive program of live performances of musicians from different genres. The participants in the program include: Evgeny Antufiev, Alexey Buldakov, Nuclear Cthulhu, Sara Culmann, Farhad Farzaliyev, Valentin Fetisov, Daniel Lefcourt, Mikhail Maksimov, Kirill Savchenkov, Anastasia Potemkina, and Andrey Shental amongst others.
The V-A-C Foundation is a nonprofit institution established in 2009 in Moscow. V-A-C activities are aimed at developing contemporary art in Russia and abroad by means of exhibition, educational, and publishing projects. Working in close cooperation with international institutions V-A-C provides support in terms of professional development to artists, curators and researchers. At the moment the Renzo piano building workshop (RPBW) commissioned by the V-A-C foundation works on redesigning the GES2 energy plant, converting a historic power station into a new cultural venue, which is due to open in 2019.
Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA) was founded in 1999. It is the first state museum in Russia to focus exclusively on 20th and 21st century art. Today the five venues of the museum located in the historical city center play an important role in shaping the Moscow artistic scene. The museum’s collection traces the major milestones of the development of avant-garde art with a special focus on the Russian strand of this movement. The museum’s major priorities include promoting emerging artists, developing its education and publishing programs, as well as programs for people with disabilities.