The IV edition of Cosmoscow, Russia’s only international contemporary art fair, which is supported by strategic partner Credit Suisse, jewelry partner Carrera y Carrera and official partner Beluga, took place between 9 and 11 September. Nearly 16,000 visitors attended the Fair, an increase of 14% to the previous year. The VIP preview attracted over 2,000 visitors. Cosmoscow hosted 38 galleries in total from the USA, UK, Continental Europe, Russia and CIS, – 10 of them participated for the first time. The galleries presented over 100 artists from around the globe. This year prices ranged from 1000 – 250,000 Euros, attracting young collectors.
The Off white auction in benefit of the Naked Heart Foundation, supported by Christie’s, consisted of 15 works and the sale reached 154,500 Euros, with the top lot by Vladimir Fridkes 'Svetlana Zakharova. Still Frame' reaching over 30,000 euros.
This year the new Credit Suisse Cosmoscow Prize for Young Artists was launched. Anastasia Bogomolova from Chelyabinsk, Ilya Dolgov from Kronshtadt, and Anastasia Kuzmina from Moscow were selected by an international art expert committee as the winners. Each of them received a grant of CHF 3,000 (Swiss Francs) and an additional prize of mentoring support from art experts at Credit Suisse and Cosmoscow and an art trip to Switzerland.
Cosmoscow’s Parallel Programe included exclusive previews of landmark exhibitions, including the Stephan Balkenhol mini-restrospective at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Russian Space exhibition at the Multimedia Art Museum, Valery Koshlyakov’s exhibition in the Russian Impressionism Museum, tours to Ekaterina Foundaion, In Artibus Foundation, Winzavod Contemporary Art Center and the construction side of the future VAC space to open in 2019.
The Cosmoscow Talks series was well attended over the weekend and included international curator Francesco Bonami who gave a lecture explaining the relevance and value of contemporary art.