19 May 2016
The Innovation Prize Has Been Awarded
Text: Olga Muromtseva
Photo: Denis Kuznetsov, Dmitry Chuntul
The gala awards ceremony of the 11th
Innovation Prize took place at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. It is the first
time in the history of the competition that the laureates are awarded
at a classical museum. This is why Innovation Prize 2015 ceremony can be called
a groundbreaking event
Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and its director Marina Loshak
have demonstrated that they are open to contemporary Russian art, as they
welcomed artists, critics, nominees, and members of the jury and expert
committee of the competition. As always, guests of the ceremony could explore
the nominated projects in brief but informative presentations projected on the
screen at the White Hall of the museum. The very appearance of this screen was
part of the scenography: when guests were seated, something started to inflate
at the back of the stage – something that appeared to be the backdrop. Sounds
of Yakutia drums, jaw-harps, and overtone singing added to the magical effect
of the performance.
The first prize was the one ‘For the Support of Contemporary
Art in Russia’, awarded to Leonid Mikhelson, founder and president of Victoria
– The Art of Being Contemporary (V-A-C) Foundation. The foundation is currently
refurbishing a historic building in Venice, to host an exhibition and
educational center; in Moscow, they are turning the building of the former
power station into a new space for culture.
For the first time in the contest’s history, the award
ceremony was held in the White Hall of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine
One of the most valuable awards is one for ‘Curatorial
Project’, with five projects presented. The prize, diploma, and 500.000 rubles
were awarded to Viktor Misiano and his multidisciplinary exhibition Elective
Alisa Prudnikova took the prize for the ‘Regional Project of
Contemporary Art’, with the 3rd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary
In ‘Art Theory and Criticism’ nomination, Olga Shishko’s
research catalogue The Avant-Garde Projections was the winner, bringing
together contributions by 50 authors on the connections between the historic
avant-garde and contemporary culture.
The penultimate award was that in the ‘New Generation’
nomination. It was given to Volga, a work by Aslan Gaisumov reflecting the
personal experience of the artist whose family had to flee from Grozny during
the first Chechnya war in 1995.
The ceremony was concluded by the second out-of-competition
nomination – ‘For the Creative Contribution to the Development of Contemporary
Art.’ To present the award to Boris Orlov, all members of the jury were up on
stage, accompanied by the standing ovation from the audience.
Anna Zhurba, the curator of «The East.
Deconstruction» project and the winner of a special award of the U-Art
The special prize of the U-Art foundation. Creator —
Iveta and Tamaz Manasherov, founders of U-ART Cultural
Charitable Foundation, decided to give their special prize to young curator
Anna Zhurba, whose project was nominated on par with senior curators.
‘This year, we award our special prize from U-ART Foundation
to curator Anna Zhurba. I am more than happy to give this prize to a young and
beautiful girl who is also a smart and thoughtful curator and researcher,’ says
Tamaz Manasherov. ‘The East: Deconstruction project raises questions that are
important for all of us born in the USSR and living in today’s Russia.
Moreover, these days the same questions are relevant for the whole world, this
is why this project manages to incorporate the Russian viewpoint in the
international context. Young artists and their curator demonstrate the
artificiality of certain concerns, and destroy some stereotypes of perception.
Such statements are important and necessary,’ U-ART founder believes.
The award ceremony gathered all living icons of the
contemporary Russian art
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