Garage was proud to host the Third Moscow Biennale Against
Exclusion by French curator Jean-Hubert Martin and Commissioner of the
Moscow Biennale Joseph Backstein.
The show brought together over seventy international artists to illustrate the
process of globalisation and national self-identification. It explored the
idea that ‘it is no longer possible to live in isolation, ignoring your
neighbors’ in today’s globalized world, as artists also drew on aesthetic and
cultural references from different countries for their work, they could also be
seen to share themes. Shared references and themes could be seen
in the drawings of the African artist Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, as he told
the myths of his tribe, the lubok pictures by the Ukrainian artist Stas
Volyazlovsky and work by the Russian outsider artist Alexander
Lobanov. All their work at Against Exclusion, explored variations
on the theme of identity. Identity connected to national, social, gender,
racial, ethnic, ecological, and political themes were also explored in the work
of Marina Abramović, Vik Muniz, Pavel Pepperstein, Yinka Shonibare. Other
artists examined the evolution of form within art through the work of Anish
Kapoor, Tony Cragg, Dmitry Gutov, Heinz Mack and Markus Raetz.
Jean-Hubert Martin (b.1944, Strasbourg, France)
is one of the art world’s most authoritative international curators. He was the
director of Kunsthalle in Bern (1982–1985), the Museum of Modern Art — Centre
Georges Pompidou (1987–1990), Museum of African and Oceania Art in Paris
(1994–1999), Kunst Palast in Düsseldorf (1999–2006). Currently he curates the
Union of French national museums.
He has curated a large number of exhibitions including a retrospective of Man
Ray, Francis Picabia, Paris – Berlin and Paris – Moscow, Magiciens de la
terre,a retrospective of MalevichHe has also curated Biennale all over the
world, including Sydney (1982, 1993), Johannesburg (1995), San Paulo (1996),
and Lyons (2000).
His latest curatorial projects include the exhibition Africa Remix (Kunst
Palast museum, Düsseldorf, 2004); which was also shown in London, Paris, Tokyo,
Stockholm, and Johannesburg, Artempo (Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, 2007) and Un
image peut en cache un autre (Grand Palais, Paris, 2009).
Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
State Museum and Exhibition Centre ROSIZO
Moscow Biennale Art Foundation