Comissioner Statement

Comissioner Statement

Our aim is to design a platform for intercultural and transdisciplinary dialogue about the future of ’shared spaces’, do a unique artistic research into the sites on the edge of human experience, and create the foundation for effective communication in such spaces. Being at the heart of the process, only art can take on such a uniting function, since only art has escaped losing the ability to grasp the world as a whole!

History

History

The concept for the Antarctic Biennale was first proposed by Russian artist, sailor, and philosopher Alexander Ponomarev in 2011. Alexander has conducted several expeditions to Antarctica and organized a number of international artistic events on the continent.

In 2014, as Commissioner, Ponomarev established the Venice Biennale’s first ever supranational pavilion — the Antarctic Pavilion — as an international interface of the Antarctica Biennale (with the support of the AVC Charity Foundation).

Alexander Ponomarev and Nadim Samman (who curated the first exhibition in the Antarctic Pavilion) were included in the 2014 list of ’The 100 Leading Global Thinkers’ (Foreign Policy Magazine, USA) for their work on the Pavilion and Biennale.

About

About

The Antarctic Biennale is an international socio-cultural phenomenon that uses artistic, scientific, and philosophic methodologies to address shared spaces such as Antarctica, the Ocean, and Outer Space.

The expedition on the research ships will culminate in these inspiring interdisciplinary activities. The ship will become a vehicle for the generation of art and ideas, a travelling platform for dialogue between artists, researchers, and thinkers.

The Antarctic Biennale does not start or end with the expedition in March 2017. This is a biennale «in process», constantly building space for productive cooperation and creation of meaning.

John Blaffer Royall

John Blaffer Royall

Born in New York City, Royall is a principal at Adelphi Securities Ltd., a family owned Texas-based investment partnership. He was previously the CFO of Time Link International and held several positions in private equity and investment banking at HEP Fund, Credit Suisse, UBS and Wells Fargo. He is a board member of Texas Gulf Bank and the Blaffer Museum, the contemporary art museum of the University of Houston. He sits on the finance committee of International House of New York where he was a former programs fellow

Richard Taittinger

Richard Taittinger

The USA Representative of the Antarctic Biennale Based in New York since 2007, he holds a Master’s Degree from Christie’s Education New York, and has previously worked at Phillips de Pury (New York) and Almine Rech Gallery (Paris). In 2010 he founded the art consulting company Taittinger Fine Art to advise art institutions and private collectors on their acquisitions. In March 2015, Richard opened a 5,000 square feet gallery space on the Lower East Side, New York. Richard Taittinger Gallery presents work by international mid-career and upcoming artists with significant international recognition. Richard is president of non-profit organization Residency Unlimited, a residency program for artists and curators in Brooklyn, New York

Alena Ivanova-Johanson

Alena Ivanova-Johanson

Art-director of the Antarctic Biennale Previously a geneticist, now a successful artist and producer. ‘Genius Loci, or the newest history of art’ is one of Alena’s latest projects, shown at the 10th Manifesta Biennale in St. Petersburg. She was also invited to exhibit at The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. As an artist and curator, she organized the Intervention project, one of the most interesting exhibitions at the 6th Contemporary Art Biennale in Moscow. Alena’s works are exhibited in different Moscow galleries, such as XL Gallery and Overcoat Gallery. She is one of the organizers of the ‘New Normal’ art group with Konstantin Zvezdochetov and Alexander Petrelli. She is a longtime collaborator and associate of Alexander Ponomarev

Veronika Gimenez

Veronika Gimenez

Member of the Antarctic Biennale Organizing Committee, board member of CROC, a leading IT services company in Russia; publisher of ibusiness.ru, Russia’s first entertainment portal about the business world; board member of the ASTRA Strategic Outsourcing Association. Gimenez is among the top three marketing directors in Russia according to the Russian Managers Association and Kommersant Publishing House. In 2003, Veronika came up with the idea of the National IT Leader Prize, an annual award that improves the standards of the IT community. The marketing policy of CROC makes the company absolutely unique on the Russian IT market. Drone competition, hacker tournaments, and CROC Rock music festival are just a few activities

 

Vanessa Branson

Vanessa Branson

Collector & Patron of the Arts. Founding President of the Marrakech Biennale

Roman Trotsenko

Roman Trotsenko

Entrepreneur, philanthropist, collector

Nicolas Iljine

Nicolas Iljine

Advisor to the General Director of the State Hermitage Museum, culture consultant

Marina Loshak

Marina Loshak

Director of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

Marina Abramovic

Marina Abramovic

Performance artist, founder of Marina Abramoviс Institute

Leonid Friedland

Leonid Friedland

Patron of Arts, Philanthropist, Art collector, Owner of the Auction house Phillips

Leonid Strunin

Leonid Strunin

Patron of Arts, Philanthropist, Art collector, Owner of the Auction house Phillips

Inna Bazhenova

Inna Bazhenova

Collector & Patron of the Arts. Owner of The Art Newspaper.

Ekaterina Anisimova

Ekaterina Anisimova

Philanthropist, social activist

EKATERINA AND VLADIMIR SEMENIKHIN

EKATERINA AND VLADIMIR SEMENIKHIN

Art collectors, Honorary Consuls of Russia and Kazakhstan in Monaco, founders of the Ekaterina Cultural Foundation

Dmitry Zograf

Dmitry Zograf

Entrepreneur, philanthropist, scientist

Daniel Sigaud

Daniel Sigaud

Entrepreneur, philanthropist, collector

Boris Bobrovnikov

Boris Bobrovnikov

Director General, Founder and owner of CROC

Andrey Cheglakov

Andrey Cheglakov

Collector, philanthropist, scientist, entrepreneur. President of AVC Charity foundation

Nadim Samman

Nadim Samman

Coordinator of the Artistic Advisory Board, Co-director of Import Projects, Germany

Sam Keller

Sam Keller

Director of  the Fondation Beyeler, Switzerland

Hani Rashid

Hani Rashid

Architect, co-founder of Asymptote Architecture

Hans-Ulrich Obrist

Hans-Ulrich Obrist

Art curator, critic, historian of art. Artistic Director at the Serpentine Galleries

Alexander Ponomarev

Alexander Ponomarev

Head of the Board

ANTARCTIC BIENNALE SHIP

ANTARCTIC BIENNALE SHIP

Designed and built as a scientific research vessel in Finland in 1988, this 117-meter-long ship is modern, comfortable, safe, and ice-strengthened. Recent refurbishment has improved greatly the comfort and caliber of the facilities aboard the ship and made it
a perfect, expedition cruise vessel. It has all the necessary public spaces for the planned discussion program and creative labs: presentation room, library, multimedia room, and lounge.
Description

Description

Instead of the usual national pavilions, you will have the icy inaccessibility of the Antarctic continent. Instead of pompous apartments, ascetic cabins. Instead of chaotic creative wanderings, a conjunction with Nature and explosion of consciousness through discussions with scientists, futurists, and technological visionaries.
Each passenger will have a chance to take part in discussions, poetry, and philosophy workshops, as well as 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 a contributor to the art-making process.

Quo Artis

Quo Artis

The Art Newspaper

The Art Newspaper

Oneocean

Oneocean

AVC

AVC

Институт океанологии

Институт океанологии

CROCK

CROCK

PRENSA ANTARCTICA

PRENSA ANTARCTICA

The architect Hani Rashid said that this continent is the last stop of the «spaceship» Earth and that this issue "is a cultural and scientific mission. It will help us understand this last stop.

El Pais

El Pais

A biennale that will have its center point on the boat
and will be "the mobile in mobile.

Fahrenheit Magazine

Fahrenheit Magazine

The Antarctic Biennale seeks to encourage collaboration between people in the field of science, art or philosophy so they can build new concepts and a new form of collaboration between human beings.

La Vanguardia

La Vanguardia

Alexander Ponomarev is a character. A mixture of a philosopher and prophet.

Diario de Cultura

Diario de Cultura

A hundred artists, thinkers and scientists from all
over the world will take on board the following year in the polar vessel Akademik Sergey Vavilov.

CONCORDIA

CONCORDIA

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.

ANTARCTOPIA

ANTARCTOPIA

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

Open-call AntarcticBiennale_Calls announcement

Open-call AntarcticBiennale_Calls announcement

Open-call AntarcticBiennale_Calls announcement

The Antarctic Biennale presentation in ARTIBUS

The Antarctic Biennale presentation in ARTIBUS

The Antarctic Biennale presentation in ARTIBUS

The 1st Antarctic Biennale Council in The Explorers Club

The 1st Antarctic Biennale Council in The Explorers Club

The 1st Antarctic Biennale Council in The Explorers Club

Antarctic Biennale Presentation

Antarctic Biennale 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.

Opening of the exhibition Stored in Ice in Richard Taittinger Gallery

Opening of the exhibition Stored in Ice in Richard Taittinger Gallery

Opening of the exhibition Stored in Ice in Richard Taittinger Gallery

The Antarctic Biennale Vision Club in ASI

The Antarctic Biennale Vision Club in ASI

The Antarctic Biennale Vision Club in ASI

MATTHEW DRUTT

MATTHEW DRUTT

It’s as if Jules Verne, Charles Darwin, and Leonardo da Vinci have banded together and invited their best and brightest colleagues to examine what will be created from the discoveries that await us.

NIC ILJINE

NIC ILJINE

The Antarctic Biennale is not just another art event. It is a utopian effort to get artists, architects, writers & philosophers to think about the last pure continent on this planet.

ANNA SOMERS COCKS

ANNA SOMERS COCKS

Antarctica: pure, inviolate, a terrible beauty, a utopia still unfouled by man; without weapons, without ownership, without conflict; both a metaphor for what could be, and a reality to warn and admonish us.

ANNA SHVETS

ANNA SHVETS

Director of the 1st Antarctic Biennale