The 9th edition of Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair will take place at Moscow’s Gostiny Dvor on September 10–12, 2021 with the support of Official Partner Maison Ruinart, Automobile Partner Audi and Official Hotel St. Regis Москва Nikolskaya. The Preview of the Fair for collectors and art professionals will take place on September 9. Applications will open in January.
Following the successful experience of Cosmoscow 2020, the Fair will be produced in a ‘hybrid’ physical-and-digital format: the marquee event at Gostiny Dvor, will be complemented by Cosmoscow Online to be presented on the Fair’s website. The Online Fair will present a greater number of galleries than those gathered at Gostiny Dvor and will have a privileged log going live before the fair days before launching for the general public following the opening at Gostiny Dvor.
Margarita Pushkina, Cosmoscow Founding Director:
“Meeting the challenge of the times, in 2020 we produced a hybrid Cosmoscow edition; by introducing the Fair online and launching blazar – satellite Young Art Fair that was also partially digitized. This allowed us to attract the attention of a larger audience and guide the selection of works of art for our visitors, who could pre-select what to see at the Fair as all works and prices were available online. Next year we will continue to develop the Cosmoscow Online platform, making it an integral part of the Fair, and present a new edition of blazar.”
Satellite fair blazar will take place on September 8–12 at the Museum of Moscow (2, Zubovsky Boulevard). blazar will again feature a dynamic mix of galleries, young and emerging artists who work independently, as well as educational institutions and contemporary art initiatives. An open call will be held from February to May. Further details will be announced on the website.
Simon Rees, Cosmoscow Art Director:
“A principal mission of Cosmoscow is to internationalize the Russian contemporary art markets and art scenes; and each year — despite the current restrictions placed upon trace, travel trade and exchange associated with the pandemic — we find ways of growing gallery participation, professional engagement, and visitation from abroad. It’s our sincerest hope and focus that 2021 will be another benchmark year for Cosmoscow in that regard as the world positively resets and we enhance our digital footprint and online experiences.”
Emanuel Layr, Galerie Emanuel Layr:
“Despite the COVID-19 challenges, even not being there ourselves in person, we did have a successful 2020 edition, thanks to the Cosmoscow team and partners!"
Nick Koenigsknecht, Peres Projects:
“We have been happy to see that the 2020 edition of Cosmoscow brought new relationships and we are looking forward to building upon these in 2021.”