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.


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.

Comissioner Statement

Multidisciplinary artist;
nautical engineer and experienced submariner;
Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France;
Member of the Russian Academy of Art, and Global Thinker (so named by Foreign Policy magazine)

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!



Director of the 1st Antarctic Biennale

Veronika Gimenez

Member of the Antarctic Biennale Organizing Committee, board member of CROC, a leading IT services company in Russia

Alena Ivanova-Johanson

Art-director of the Antarctic Biennale Previously a geneticist, now a successful artist and producer

Richard Taittinger

France, USA Representative of the Antarctic Biennale. Owner of the Richard Taittinger Gallery, NY

John Blaffer Royall

USA Representative of the Antarctic Biennale. Holds a number of board level positions at The New Harmony Artist Guild, International House, The Blaffer Museum, R.L. Blaffer Foundation


Co-Curator of the 1st Antarctic Biennale; Member of the Artistic Advisory Board. Co-Director of Import Projects (Berlin, Germany).


Head of Production Department. Art manager and co-founder of the Quo Artis Art & Science non-profit foundation. Spain Representative of The Antarctic Biennale


Curator of exhibition projects; director of ProLab, Mosfilm Gallery ArtPlatform, and ArtPoint 21 visual communications agency


Architect, Member of the Union of Architects of Russia, author of about 15 implemented architectural objects, owner of 4 patents for technical inventions.


PhD in Geography, deputy director of the Institute of Oceanology (Russian Academy of Sciences) for Expeditions and Fleet


Founder and Managing Partner of Australy International (New York). Venture Capitalist, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist. Chairman of New York Global Young Leaders Dialogue

Board of Trustees


Art historian, ex-director of The Pompidou Centre

Andrey Cheglakov

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


Chair of the Board Founder & CEO of the Art Newspaper Group

Boris Bobrovnikov

Director General, Founder and owner of CROC

Daniel Sigaud

Entrepreneur, philanthropist, collector

Dmitry Zograf

Entrepreneur, philanthropist, scientist


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

Ekaterina Anisimova

Philanthropist, social activist

Eugene Kaspersky

Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab


Survivalist, traveler, writer and artists


General Director of Echigo-Tsumari and Setouchi Triennale

Inna Bazhenova

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

Leonid Friedland

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

Leonid Strunin

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

Marina Abramovic

Performance artist, founder of Marina Abramoviс Institute


Director of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

Nicolas Iljine

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

Roman Trotsenko

Entrepreneur, philanthropist, collector

Sam Keller

Director of  the Fondation Beyeler, Switzerland

Vanessa Branson

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

Artistic Advisory Board

Alexander Ponomarev

Head of the Board

Hans-Ulrich Obrist

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

Hani Rashid

Architect, co-founder of Asymptote Architecture

Sam Keller

Director of  the Fondation Beyeler, Switzerland

Nadim Samman

Co-Curator of the 1st Antarctic Biennale; Member of the Artistic Advisory Board. Co-Director of Import Projects (Berlin, Germany).


Practicing artist, president and director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE


Nadia Doubach

Head of PR and Communications

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Gavrilova Sofia

ABVC coordinator

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Victoria Sacco

Project and Production Manager

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Olga Pavlova

Coordinator of the 1st Antarctic Biennale

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Anna Sereda


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Irina Piruyan


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