Year founded: 2010
Organiser: Ekaterinburg Branch of the National Center for Contemporary Arts (EB NCCA)


In 2010, the 1st Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art took over factory spaces in and around Ekaterinburg to take on the problems of material and symbolic production, industrial and artistic labor, and the industrial and the post-industrial in the context of the city of Ekaterinburg and the Ural region.

The Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art is the largest contemporary art project in Russia, with more than 300 artists from 52 countries having participated in it. We engage citizens in a dialogue on internationally relevant topics, promote contemporary art in the regional cities, introduce Russia and the world to the industrial Urals, and initiate the production of contemporary art.

Once the center of the Soviet industrialization drive and a world-renown destination for Constructivist architecture, now the region is defined by its “intermediate” economy. It is neither post-industrial Europe, nor industrial Asia, but rather, a hybrid that links the two, thereby giving a global significance to the local socioeconomic situation.

The Ural Industrial Biennial is a format initiated and developed by the director of the National Center for Contemporary Art, Ekaterinburg branch, Alisa Prudnikova. It is intended to be “an international contemporary art event of a scale unmatched in the region, a platform to integrate business and artistic elites, which is decisive in the development of creative industries in the one of Russia’s most thriving areas”.