The 8th Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair will take place at Moscow’s Gostiny Dvor on September 11–13, 2020
This year, the Fair is undergoing a number of changes; especially in its internationalization. Leading Berlin gallerists Javier Peres & Nick Koenigsknecht of Peres Projects, join the Cosmoscow Expert Committee, whose major task is to validate the Fair’s program. Javier Peres & Nick Koenigsknecht join Elena Selina, founder of Moscow’s pre-eminent XL Gallery; and Olga Temnikova, co-founder of Tallinn-based Temnikova & Kasela on the committee. The new members will help to strengthen the Fair’s international agenda in concert with the well-known curator and writer Simon Rees who was appointed Cosmoscow Art Director last year and has a long-record of working in former soviet-Europe including in Russia.
In 2020, the ever-more-dynamic and internationally connected Cosmoscow Foundation for Contemporary Art will once again produce a number of specially commissioned art projects for the Fair, including the Cosmoscow Talks educational program, Cosmoscow ‘Artist of the Year’, ‘Institution of the Year’, and ‘Museum of the Year’ projects. Art curator and educator Alexander Burenkov will be working on the Foundation’s development as curator.
Margarita Pushkina, Founding Director of Cosmoscow, says: “I am happy to see that from year to year the Fair demonstrates stability and growth. This year, Cosmoscow will be held again in mid-September, at the beautiful historical venue that is familiar to our exhibitors and guests. We continue to strive to build-up the internationalism of our program that will surely be enhanced by our friend and like-minded colleagues at Peres Projects. The Cosmoscow Foundation, meanwhile, is rising to its next level of development with the appointment of curator Alexander Burenkov.”
Simon Rees, Art Director of Cosmoscow Fair, comments: “The world is rapidly changing and Cosmoscow is rapidly changing along with it — in Cosmoscow founder Margarita Pushkin’s vision — in a positive way. Nobody is sure at the current moment, which city internationally is the world capital, nor, which city is the world’s cultural and contemporary art capital. We at Cosmoscow are working together with our friends and colleagues to make that city Moscow; and our vision is more likely to be achieved in the company of like-minded gallerists, artists, and collectors prepared to come to the Russian capital and experience Cosmoscow and the city and its dynamic cultural scene for themselves!”
According to research collated from 70% of Cosmoscow’s 7th edition’s exhibiting galleries, total proceeds following the results of the Fair amounted to €1,700,000 (in 2018, the proceeds of 90% of exhibiting galleries totaled €1,300,000): demonstrating the positive growth and monetization of the Russian art market.