–67 galleries from 14 countries and 300 artists
–Governmental acquisitions to MMOMA's collection via exhibiting galleries Cosmoscow Foundation to donate Ilya Dolgov’s work Reef to MMOMA's collection
–Over 20 educational events of Cosmoscow Talks and Media Forum with international speakersIgor Samolet, winner of the Credit Suisse Cosmoscow Prize for Young Artists
–More than 22,000 visitors in 4 days including record number of the guests of the Preview 7,500
The Fair was supported by Main Partner Qatar Airways, Strategic Partner Credit Suisse, Automobile Partner Audi, Official Partner Ruinart, Jewelry Partner Mercury, Beauty Partner La Prairie, and Official Hotel the St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya.
Cosmoscow Preview on the 5th of September, and followed three-day public programme saw the record number of over 22,000 visitors and rewarding sales results across Russian and international exhibitors. Remaining the only international contemporary art fair in Russia, Cosmoscow continues fostering local art market by welcoming established international participants, collaborating with important institutions and partners, preparing diverse public pro- gramme, and supporting young and emerging artists and galleries. Prices varied from €100 to €500 000. Among the highlights purchased at the Fair were Stephan Balkenhol, Stano Filko, Alberto Garutti, Donna Huanca, Jaan Toomik, Olga Chernysheva, Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe. The Design section performed well, including sales of the pieces by Valentin Loellmann, Dasha Belyakova, Ignazio Gardella, Ronaldo Sasson, Ettore Sottsass, and Gabriella Crespi among others.
Margarita Pushkina, Founding Director of Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair and Founder of Cosmoscow Foundation for Contemporary Art, summarised Fair’s results: “I am thrilled that this year Cosmoscow welcomed high-caliber international galleries, and artists. Our Fair was visited by important collectors, curators and art experts from Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Italy, Belgium and more. Our partnership with MMOMA continued and this year will realise in governmental acquisitions programme for state museum collections via the Cosmoscow exhibiting galleries. I want to thank all our followers, admirers and long-standing partners, including Qatar Airways, Credit Suisse, Audi, Ruinart, Mercury, La Prairie, and St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya. As part of the annual programme of supplementing museum collections, the Cosmoscow Foundation for Contemporary Art to donate Ilya Dolgov’s work Reef to MMOMA's collection.”
Vasili Tsereteli, MMOMA Executive Director said: “For MMOMA it’s a great honor to be chosen as the Museum of the Year this anniversary year. The seventh Cosmoscow fair was distinguished by new galleries, international participants and world-famous artists such as Stephan Balkenhol (his exhibition was held at MMOMA in 2016), Michelangelo Pistoletto, and Chinese designers. Of course, I cannot but note MMOMA's participation in the public programme of the Fair. We present- ed a unique program MMOMA KIDS TEEN FAMILY with contemporary artists acting as teachers. It will be launched this fall at the Museum’s Educational Center, and Rostan Tavasiev will be the first artist. Cosmoscow guests visited a public talk with Michelangelo Pistoletto whose retrospective will be held at MMOMA on Petrovka Street in the spring of 2020. As part of a programme supporting young art, MMOMA presented the results of a partnership with the Residency Unlimited project in New York. Our booth at the Fair was created by one of the guest curators of the anniversary exhibi- tion MMOMA 99/19 Olga Treyvas. She presented her vision of the history of MMOMA's development over the past 20 years choosing the first and latest works from the museum's collection by Georgi Stenberg and Uta Bekaia that was purchased by Irina Prokhorova at this year's Off white auction and donated to us. I can say with particular pride that this year our partnership with the Fair focused on supplementing the MMOMA collection. Part of this year’s governmental acquisitions programme to the Museum’s collection will be made via the Cosmoscow exhibiting galleries. I am glad that the collection of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art will be supplemented with the works of famous contemporary artists. Within the framework of the Cosmoscow Foundation's programme supporting contemporary art, the MMOMA collection was supplemented with a large-scale installa- tion by Ilya Dolgov titled Reef.”
“Cosmoscow has to be the most dynamic organization for which I have worked and Moscow the most vibrant city in which I have worked. We have here a cultural space prepared to re-invent itself with contemporary art at its center. The person at the center is Margarita Pushkina. She has devel- oped a vision for our organization, and the city, which I am glad to represent to the world. Happily, several leading galleries – from the world – joined us this year and have in-the-main enjoyed their experience and shared in our commercial success. Our hope and my wish is to carry the news of this shared and positive experience to an even broader audience and to invite them to this fabu- lous city and Cosmoscow in 2020,” said Simon Rees, Art Director of Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair.