dialectics of hope
1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, 2005

Special Projects

Publisher/s: Moscow Biennale (Russia)
Organiser/s: Ministry of Culture and Mass Communication of the Russian Federation, Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography, Moscow Government
State Centre for Museums and Exhibitions ROSIZO
Year of Publication: 2005
190 Pages



Authors: Joseph BACKSTEIN, Daniel BIRNBAUM, Iara BOUBNOVA, Nicolas BOURRIAUD, Rosa MARTINEZ, Hans Ulrich OBRIST, Evgeny ZYABLOV, Olga KOPENKINA

Description:     ‘The main task facing the 1st Moscow Biennale is to describe the current condition of contemporary art and to present a spectrum of those themes and plots which excite 21st century artists. The main exhibition of the Biennale, ‘Dialectics of Hope’, focuses upon the concept of ‘hope’ as one of the fundamental experiences of modern man. ‘Dialectics of Hope’ is a reflection on the influence of social and political changes occurring in the world, and on our conceptions about a personal and collective future.

‘In this exhibiiton, prepared by an international collective of curators, projects are presented by 41 artists from 22 countries of the world. The special projects and parallel program of the Biennale includes more than 50 exhibitions, forming an exclusively complete image of Russian contemporary art, as well as projects representing the creativity of artists residing in countries of the former Soviet Union, Russian artists living abroad and contemporary foreign art.’ – extracted from the commissioner’s statement.

The present catalogue of the Biennale includes introduction by the curators and artist biographies. Please note that only Asian artists are listed below.