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Starting with the year 2001 the Free Workshops School of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art organizes an annual festival show of young art the Workshop, which brings together the School students and alumni and other young artists from Russia and abroad. The show involves all main venues of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Among the most remarkable exhibitions of the festival programme are the following: the Museum Thanatography (2003), being the part of the Workshop’03, the Workshop’04 with the In-Between show, the Workshop’05 with the Memoria show, Workshop’06 with the Power project and the Workshop’07 with the Space project. In 2008, under the auspices of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the National Centre for Contemporary Art, the Moscow Biennale of Young Art was launched. The biennale is hosted at the venues of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the National Centre for Contemporary Art, the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Centre for Contemporary Art Vinzavod, the FABRICA_PROJECT, the M’ARS Centre for Contemporary Art and many other art institutions.
As a result the Workshop’08 with the Migration project has been integrated into the programme of the I Moscow International Biennale of Young Art. The Workshop’09 with the project My Love, My Friends (July 2009) was a great success and took up not only all four floors of the Museum venue at Ermolayevsky lane but also the space of the Zurab gallery, another Museum venue.
The most ambitious students of the academic year 2009-2010, as well as the School’s alumni and other professional young artists from Russia and abroad had their chance to participate in the traditional Workshop’10 and, if selected by individual curators, in the projects of the II Moscow International Biennale of Young Art Qui Vive?, which was to take place in summer 2010 in Moscow.
The Workshop’11 Today/Tomorrow featured not only works by individual young artists but also two independent curatorial projects — Who Is Not Here by a young curator Ekaterina Kuzmina and the international festival of video art Now/Then curated by the School alumna Marina Fomenko.