About the project

We are witnessing the blurring of habitual boundaries, dissolution of familiar and obvious phenomena, and interchanging of roles and notions. All this concerns culture in general and art in particular, including the functioning of the art market. Art institutions extend the scope of artistic phenomena, launch new formats and deepen the audiences’ involvement in the processes of creating, modifying, and interpreting art developments and objects. The informational and digital consumption of cultural values is carried out not so much in the form of translation as communication, by association, around the borders, off-line and online. Such trends as “democratic socialization”, “fashionable pastime in near-artistic circles”, “compensation of nostalgia for handicrafts”, intersect and modify, forming a matrix with an infinite number of possible preferences in tastes and activities which compel one to follow the dominant images and practices imposed by the leading institutions and the accessible (for information and communication) heroes of the art scene. Among those heroes you will hardly find representatives of the art market with the exception of the organizers of some large-scale or original events such as Vladey auctions and Cosmoscow art fair. The diffusion fields of the Russian and world arts have expanded and become defragmented.

The number of art collections, large, medium, and small, is growing not only in Moscow but in the provinces as well, and not only collections of Russian art but also art from other regions. In this heterogeneous situation, stratified by numerous opinions, a new art fair (which is old in fact) can be guided not so much by the results of any expert analyses as by the current vogue wave.

As before, potential art buyers, galleries and dealers will be able to find at the art fair some clear references to fashion, historical allusions, original conceptions, topical ideas, expert support, relevance to prestigious institutions and events, considerable market value of art as commodity and investment.

“Art-Moscow-Petersburg” consists of several sections: the fair’s space is partitioned into several zones or layers which change as the fair moves from Moscow to St Petersburg. This concerns in the first place the first, second, third and the sixth layer which are arranged on location.

Works by children and adults from the leading studios of alternative art practices.

Studios of individual artists who will display their works and communicate with visitors.

Art residence – a zone for artists and curators where they will work on individual and group projects.

The main section – stands of the galleries.

Collectors’ section: entire collections, parts of collections, groups of works, separate works from private collections.

Art books.

Professional and amateur criticism of contemporary art.