The Biennale (which translates from Italian as “biennial”, ie it is an exhibition held every two years) of contemporary art in the capital of the country was developed in 2003 as part of the federal target program “Culture of Russia. 2001 - 2006 . And now it is considered one of the most important traditional events in the cultural life of Russia.
The First Moscow Biennale was held from January 28 to February 28, 2005. The main exhibition titled "Dialectics of Hope" included works by 41 artists from 22 countries. The main project was supplemented with special programs dedicated to various trends in contemporary art from different countries.
The second Biennale, which was held from March 1 to April 1, 2007, was already considered the largest international forum for artists. The works of nearly a hundred authors were presented. The third and fourth biennials were held in the capital with the same success. And now the fifth biennial exhibition of contemporary art in Moscow is on its way.
In early 2012, an expert council was formed, which took up the applications of candidates for the position of curator of the 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. The expert council included world-renowned art historians and art critics. In the spring, a meeting of the Supervisory Board of the Moscow Biennale took place. At the meeting, the results of the fourth biennial of the capital were summed up and a discussion began on the organization of the fifth Moscow biennale, which will be held in 2013.
At the end of May 2012, the curator of the Fifth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art was elected. The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, taking into account the recommendations of the expert council, approved the candidacy of Catherine de Zeger - the curator of many major exhibitions (including the New York Museum of Modern Art and the Tàpies Foundation in Barcelona), editor, critic, artistic director of the Sydney Biennale - 2012. Already in the fall the locations of the expositions of the 5th Moscow Biennale will be announced. Among the regular participants are such exhibition halls as Regina, XL, Paperworks, Fine Art, Vera Pogodina's gallery, etc.