The 1st
Antarctic Biennale

Departing from standard exhibition models.
Developing Antarctica’s cultural potential. Pushing the boundaries of art.
Imagining the future of global community.

News

March 17, Antarctica

  Bon voyage! Today, the Antarctic Biennale, project under UNESCO patronage set sail from Ushuaia at the southernmost tip of Argentina, the beginning of an artistic voyage to Antarctica.

January 28, Paris

The global cybersecurity company joins the international art project as General Partner.

Concept

I invite you to board my ship
And set out on an adventure
To the new shores of art!

I am organizing
A topsy-turvy biennale
An upside-down biennale,
A head-over-heels biennale,
A mobile biennale,
In the Antarctica
Close to the South Pole.

Mobilis in mobile!

Antarctic vision club

We are building a unique community of people who are interested in reimagining the future of shared spaces, beginning with Antarctic culture as a model for global development. With the artistic core, we are creating the platform for the interdisciplinary dialogue.

Visionaries

Practitioners, including technological innovators and visionary business leaders, that seek to address 21 century challenges through new technologies and business models.

Leaders that firmly stand on the ground yet look into the future with clear and open mind.

Artists

Cultural leaders, including artists, architects, writers, curators and more, whose approach is interdisciplinary and intercultural.

Researchers

Scientists that consider new models and technologies for changing the ultimate paradigm of human civilization to enable it for sustainable living on the Planet.

Researchers that advance human knowledge of frontier spaces.

Global Events

Past events

MIAMI, USA

December 1, 2016

The open-call winner announcement during Art Basel Miami

MIAMI, USA

November 30, 2016

The launch party with Venu Magazine

MOSCOW, RUSSIA

November 21-24, 2016

The Antarctic Biennale Vision Building session

MOSCOW, RUSSIA

October 13, 2016

The exhibition of the open-call finalists

JAPAN

October, 2016

Alexander Ponomarev’s Exhibition at Setouchi Triennale, presentation of the project

LONDON, UK

October, 2016

The announcement of the open-call finalists during Frieze Art Fair

NEW YORK, USA

October, 2016

The National Arts Club – Antarctic Biennale supported by the United Nations and the Donner Canadian Foundation

MOSCOW, RUSSIA

September 11, 2016

Antarctic Biennale Vision Club Panel discussion at CosMoscow Fair

MOSCOW

August 22, 2016

Open-call AntarcticBiennale_Calls announcement

NEWPORT, USA

August 18-21, 2016

Weekend with the Antarctic Biennale

BARCELONA, SPAIN

June 21, 2016

The Antarctic Biennale presentation to the Spanish scientific and business societies, video screening of the ANTARCTICA: RE-CYCLICAL with comments by Hani Rashid

VENICE, ITALY

May 28, 2016

Opening of the exhibition ANTARCTICA: RE-CYCLICAL a frontier in flux at The Antarctic Pavilion

MOSCOW, RUSSIA

May 12, 2016

The Antarctic Biennale Vision Club in ASI

NEW HARMONY, USA

May 7, 2016

Working Man Institute – the Antarctic Biennale presentation

NEW YORK, USA

April 28, 2016

Opening of the exhibition Stored in Ice in Richard Taittinger Gallery

NEW YORK, USA

April 18, 2016

The 1st Antarctic Biennale Council in The Explorers Club

MOSCOW, RUSSIA

February 26, 2016

The Antarctic Biennale presentation in ARTIBUS

Future events

USHUAIA, ARGENTINA

March, 2017

Start of the 1st Antarctic Biennale Expedition

April 2017

Press conference about the results of the expedition

VENICE, ITALY

April 20, 2017

International announcement of the exhibition in Antarctic Pavilion

VENICE, ITALY

May 9, 2017

Press-conference and opening of the exhibition

VENICE, ITALY

May, 2017

Antarctic Biennale exhibition – finalists and first highlights from the expedition

NEWPORT, USA

July 1, 2017

Antarctic Biennale conference

Expedition

The Antarctic Biennale Expedition will bring together approximately 100 participants — artists, researchers, and visionaries from all over the world — to explore and to think about a universal cultural future for Antarctica as a model of other ‘shared spaces’ as Ocean and Outer Space.

The art expedition will start in Ushuaia, the southernmost city of our planet, where approximately 100 participants will board the Akademik Sergey Vavilov research ship.

Alexander Ponomarev says that for this hundred the journey will be ‘a revolution that changes the vector.

‘Instead of the usual national pavilions — the icy inaccessibility of the Antarctic continent. Instead of pompous apartments — ascetic cabins. Instead of the chaotic creative wanderings —a conjunction with the Great Nature and explosion of consciousness through the dialogues with scientists, futurists, and technological visionaries.’

Each passenger will have a chance to take part in discussions, poetry, and philosophy workshops as well as to start designing the future in the Antarctic Biennale Vision club.

But the most important thing is that each expedition member will be an eyewitness and contributor to the art-making process.

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Antarctic pavilion in venice

The Antarctic Pavilion is the first ever supranational pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Established by artist, sailor and philosopher Alexander Ponomarev in 2014 as an international interface of the Antarctica Biennale (with the support by the AVC Charity Foundation), it incorporates artistic, scientific and philosophical methodologies to explore shared spaces such as Antarctica, the Ocean and the Outer Space.

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Publishing

ANTARCTOPIA
ANTARCTOPIA

Catalogue

World-famous architects (Zaha Hadid, Hugh Broughton, Alexey Kozyr, and others) presented both speculative and realistic architectural projects for Antarctica.

Concordia
CONCORDIA

Catalogue

The basis for this project was the idea of Salvation, as developed by the artist for many years, and of Concordia between people and nations.

Partners

Antarctic BiennaleDownload Presentation

Download the complete project overview of the Antarctic Biennale. This document details our mission, structure, program outline, team profiles, and partnership opportunities. For those interested in becoming a partner institution, a patron, or corporate sponsor, this is the best place to start.

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