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How Biennial works?


It is the largest of the regional international art projects running on the territory of the Russian Federation. The Biennial is held every two years at large non-exhibitional spaces in Yekaterinburg and other cities of Sverdlovsk region. The first and the second Biennials took place on the premises of the Uralskiy Rabochiy printing house. The third Biennial was held at the Iset hotel. It was the first time this unique monument of constructivism was exhibited to a wide audience.

The Biennial explores the concept of industry both as legacy of the past and a modern practice in the Ural region. Using contemporary art, the Biennial integrates the region into the context of the world art. Curators, artists, sociologists and culturologists from around the world define the Urals in new, different ways. Over the course of the Biennial its participants were:


  • 300 artists from 70 countries;
  • 100 cultural institutions and exhibition spaces;
  • 60 researchers of contemporary culture and history;
  • 14 plants and factories in the city and in the region.

The first Biennial studied the practices of creative and artistic production that can be realized at industrial sites of Yekaterinburg and the Sverdlovsk region.

The second Biennial analyzed art's ability to explore and transform the surrounding world.

The third focused on the concept of mobilization as a driving force in culture and presented a study of mobilization practices available to art, business and scientific communities.


Organizer of the Biennial: Ural branch of the National centre for contemporary arts (NCCA).



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