Winners of $450,000 Moscow Artwork Prize announced

The second Moscow Art Prize, which carries a total purse of 33m rubles (almost $450,000), was awarded this week at Zaryadye Park adjacent to Red Square.

The annual prize is awarded by the Foundation for the Development of Modern Art, which is operate by the Kremlin-linked cultural activist Ivan Demidov, and is funded by the Moscow town govt.

The award is divided in between three winners just about every in five classes (literature, movie, songs, theatre, visual artwork and architecture) and a grand prize winner. According to the prize’s web-site, it celebrates works made “in Moscow, about Moscow, for Moscow in any style and movement of modern day artwork.”

The veteran Moscow Conceptualists, partner and spouse duo Igor Makarevich and Elena Elagina whose performs are influenced by Vladimir Tatlin and Kazimir Malevich, took very first place in the artwork class for their retrospective Countdown, which ran at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Vasili Tsereteli, the museum’s director, is on the foundation’s board as very well as the prize’s expert council, which incorporates leading figures of Moscow’s contemporary artwork scene.

The youthful artists Alexander Kutovoy and Timofey Parschikov, equally born in 1983, were awarded 2nd and 3rd prize Kutovoy for an exhibition known as Bulky Biceps Hoping to Fly, and Parschikov for a collection of is effective termed Unfortunate.Alright.Tremendous, a Covid quarantine visual diary that was proven at Moscow’s Multimedia Artwork Museum.

The architect Alexey Ginzburg was the receiver of the grand prize for conserving and revitalising the landmark early Soviet Constructivist Narkomfin creating built by his grandfather, Moisei Ginzburg. The junior Ginzburg was lately the focus on of Moscow preservationists for allegedly endangering a historic Moscow neighbourhood around Zaryadye with a improvement project.

Demidov, who also operates Zaryadye Park in addition to the modern artwork basis, turned a domestic title in the 1990s as one of Russia’s initially tunes tv VJs. He morphed under President Putin into the founder of a Russian Orthodox Tv channel, experienced a hand in Kremlin youth and religion plan, and served a stint as deputy culture minister overseeing cinema.

Demidov introduced the basis in 2015 and was appointed director of Zaryadye Park in 2019. He has labored to reshape the park by setting up an underground museum of present-day art exhibiting massive exhibitions that are presented as a counterpoint to worldwide artwork developments.

At the awards ceremony, Demidov browse a statement from Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin indicating that the prizewinners’ performs “add new colors to the cultural palette of Moscow and wins the affections of lovers of up to date art”.

Zaryadye was made by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the creators of Manhattan’s Superior Line park.