Call for applications

Moscow International Biennale For Young Art Seeks Curators

Moscow Museum of Modern Art , Moscow, Russia
Deadline: 18 January 2022

Courtesy of MMOMA.

Courtesy of MMOMA.

8th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art announces the open call for international curators to take part in the Biennale’s Main Project, August to September, 2022.

The 8th edition of the Moscow International Biennale for Young Art is to be held in Moscow from June to September 2022. The Main Project of the Biennale will take place at the building of MMOMA located at 25 Petrovka Street. As before, the Biennale will consist of four parts: the Main Project and the Parallel, Educational, and Special Programs. To develop special and educational projects, the museum will join forces with other cultural institutions. The events of the parallel program will take place at different sites across the city.

By tradition, the Main Project is formed as a result of the international open call, finalists of which are selected by the Expert Board of the Biennale. This year, participating curators are given an ambitious task – to create and implement a large-scale project taking up all floors of the MMOMA’s building at Petrovka 25, be it an exhibition of a selected group of artists or another form of artistic manifestation. It is also possible to use a specific part of the museum building—a hall, a floor, or a courtyard. One of the significant evaluation criteria will be a project’s mobility and ability to change, adapting to the characteristics of the exhibition space.

Curators and groups of curators have ultimate freedom in choosing a topic for their research. Just as in previous years, one of the Biennale’s main goals is to discover new names, and preference will be given to the projects, which were never shown before. The organizers appreciate the curators’ interest to interdisciplinary collaborations, processual practices and work-in-progress tactics, and welcome projects born out of art laboratories.

An important wish on the part of the Expert Board is a conscious and sensitive treatment of the local cultural context and its integration into projects, as well as work with Russian artists, including those from the regions of Russia. Work with the museum’s collection is not obligatory, but it is possible and appreciated, as well as paying attention to the history and specifics of the location. On its part, MMOMA is ready to provide any necessary support in research, field and archival work.

From the Expert Board’s Letter:
“In the current situation of global uncertainty and turbulence, the most relevant are the approaches, combining flexibility and plasticity, openness and mobility. We wish to believe that the Moscow International Biennale for Young Art will continue to discover new names and acquaint the public with emerging artists—whom the future belongs to.

Among our key goals are to support young artists and curators, encourage development of new forms of collaboration, create an open space for discourse, envision potential future scenarios and promote dialogue about the current reality.

We look forward to your applications, expecting fruitful collaboration, and hope that the Biennale will reveal new relationship systems and show sensitive reactions to the surrounding reality.”

Any curator under 35 years old, whose project includes works by artists and art groups belonging to the same age category, can apply for the open call. Applications from groups of curators are also accepted; collective and individual applications are considered equal. Applications can be submitted before 17 January 2022 on To apply, fill in the application form in your Personal Account. Questions regarding the application process can be sent to

Results of the open call will be announced on February 25, 2022.


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