The 6th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art announces curator and theme

6th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art

The 6th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art will take place in Moscow in summer 2018. Its main exhibition will be curated by Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti, a young independent curator from Italy. The theme proposed for the 2018 biennial is “Abracadabra.”

“The Moscow International Biennale for Young Art is internationally renowned for its ability to bring fresh and challenging perspectives into the art world, and I hope I will be up to the task. I am very grateful to the organization for the trust proven in the project and for giving me the unique chance to explore the practices of young artists from all over the world to build a new project within the inspiring context of Moscow. The biennial’s main project, ‘Abracadabra,’ will be dedicated to the pressure to perform of contemporary life, in which the boundaries between what is private, professional and public have been completely blurred. The title refers to the archaic incantation ‘Abracadabra’ as well as to the homonymous disco song by the Steve Miller Band, popular in the 80s. The metaphor of the dancefloor will be a red thread and framework to investigate the relationship between independent agency, pleasure and commitment. This is why, when choosing the artists, I aim to give preference to those who work with performative practices, moving images and sound,” said Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti, explaining her choice of theme for the biennial.

Applications to participate in the biennial’s main project will be accepted from artists of up to 35 years of age in fall 2017.
Curators of up to 35 years of age will be able to submit applications with their concepts for the biennial’s strategic project.
Applications will be accepted at www.youngart.ru.


Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti (Italy, 1990) is an independent curator based in Torino, where she co-founded the research-driven non-profit project CLOG. She graduated with a degree in visual arts and theater from the renowned Venetian university IUAV, attended the curatorial program CAMPO12 at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Torino, and pursued a curatorial internship at Artists Space in New York. She is currently a participant in the curatorial programme of De Appel Arts Centre in Amsterdam.

Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti previously worked as artistic advisor for “Artissima” (Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea) and as assistant curator for “Tutttovero” by Francesco Bonami and “Shit and Die” by Maurizio Cattelan, Myriam Ben Salah and Marta Papini. She previously worked for TOILETPAPER Magazine and Le Dictateur, Milano. She studies philosophy, writes for contemporary art journals and platforms, and founded the online projects “Curatorshit,” “shitndie” and “Ketchup Drool.” Her latest projects include “Why Is Everybody Being So Nice?” at De Appel, Amsterdam; “Good Luck, See You After the Revolution” at UvA, Amsterdam; and “Dear Betty: Run Fast, Bite Hard!” at GAMeC, Bergamo, winning project of Premio Bonaldi 2015-16.