The 9th Cosmoscow Contemporary Art Fair, which will take place on 10-12 September 2021 at Gostiny Dvor (4 Ilyinka st, Moscow), can now announce its first participants. The event is held with support from Cosmoscow’s long-standing partners: Ruinart, the Official Partner of the fair; Audi, the Automobile Partner of the fair; and Hutton Development.
This year, there will be more than 70 galleries at the fair, including: a-s-t-r-a, Agency. Art ru, ARTMOSSPHERE, Alina Pinsky Gallery, Anna Nova Gallery, Artwin Gallery, Artzip, Format One, Fragment Gallery, Futuro, GLAZ, Gridchinhall Gallery, Heritage, H.L.A.M., Ilona K Artspace, InArt by Ksenia Podoynitsyna, JART Gallery, K35 Space, Kultproekt, Lazy Mike, LUCH, Marina Gisich Gallery, MIRRA Gallery, MYTH Gallery, NAMEGALLERY, Orekhov Gallery, Osnova, PA Gallery, Pogodina Gallery, pop/off/art, Pro Art's Gallery, Ruarts Gallery, Shaltai Editions, Syntax, Tirage Unique, Triangle Gallery, Ural Vision Gallery, Vostochnaya Gallery and XL Gallery. The full list of galleries participating in Cosmoscow 2021, including international participants, will be announced in August.
Simon Rees, Cosmoscow Art Director:
In what seemed to be an against-the-odds situation, because of the global pandemic, the 8th Cosmoscow achieved record sales figures for its participating galleries and artists and expanded its audiences internationally via its [new] online presence. The atmosphere within Gostiny Dvor for the fair’s four days was truly amiable and electric as many visitors were attending their first major event in months. Fortunately, the spirit of social cohesion felt within the exhibition halls has been positively transformed into a sense of art sector wide solidarity and optimism (in a sector that is often competitive and pessimistic). As such, I am looking forward to the 9th Cosmoscow as the first large-scale event of the autumn season that will bring people together to celebrate the diversity and sociability of contemporary art in all its facets. And to once again encourage the buying of art as a means of supporting the art sector as a whole.
As is traditional for the Fair, galleries are placed in one of four sections depending on their specialisation. The MAIN section consists of both new and well-known Russian and international galleries that have their own exhibition space. The FRAME section assembles nomadic galleries with no permanent space. The EDITIONS section comprises galleries that specialise in multiples and prints. The DESIGN section showcases galleries dealing with contemporary design.
There has also been an increase in the number of solo-booths, i.e. booths that represent just one artist or collective. Artwin Gallery will exhibit a project by Evgeny Antufiev and Liubov Nalogina involving bronze vases, wooden sculptures and mosaics. Yulia Agenosova’s work, which explores the boundaries of our internal and external worlds, will be brought from Kaluga by Pro Art’s Gallery. Booth by Ural Vision Gallery will show works by Vladimir Abikh.
After winning last year’s Cosmoscow Stand Prize, JART Gallery are now preparing a collective project "Uroboros" — a collective project that involves the work of more than 15 artists. This number includes artists, such as Igor Makarevich and Elena Elagina, Pavel Pepperstein, Cosmoscow "Artists of the Year" of different years Irina Korina (2021), Pavel Otdelnov (2020), MishMash art group (2019), as well as young authors Vladimir Kartashov, Evgeniya Dudnikova, Tanya Peniker and others.