V–A–C Foundation and M HKA engage in a longer-term collaboration by supporting the work of contemporary Russian artists in a variety of way. V–A–C wants to enhance the presence of leading Russian artists, of different generations, in selected European museum collections. M HKA exhibits and collects works by artists from Russia and other countries of the former USSR. The museum focuses on ‘Eurasia’, thereby contributing to the geographic diversity of collecting and programming.


Exposure (c)image: V-A-C Foundation, 2015

In 2015, the process of defining the winner of the collecting young Russian art V-A-C / M HKA scheme was broken into three stages. At first, Russian curators and institutions by invitation came up with an initial long list of eight artists: Evgeny Antufiev, Arnold Weber, Evgeny Granilshchikov, Arseny Zhilyaev, Nastya Kuzmina, Ivan Novikov, Sasha Pirogova and Mikhail Tolmachev. Following this, emerging curators, graduates of the V-A-C Moscow Curatorial Summer School: Ivan Isaev, Alexander Ivanov, Nataliya Protassenia, Maria Stepkina, and Anna Zhurbа, narrowed the list down to four finalists: Evgeny Antufiev, Evgeny Granilshchikov, Ivan Novikov, and Mikhail Tolmachev. Their artworks were presented at the one-day exhibition held on the 21st of October, 2015 at MEL Space in Moscow. The final stage was the council of the jury consisting of V-A-C Director Teresa Iarocci Mavica, M HKA Director Bart De Baere and guest jury member Vasif Kortun, Director and Curator of the non-profit institution, SALT, Istanbul. The winner became Evgeny Antufiev, whose installation Immortality Forever entered the M HKA permanent collection.

Curators: Ivan Isaev, Alexander Ivanov, Nataliya Protassenia, Maria Stepkina, and Anna Zhurbа
Artists: Evgeny Antufiev, Evgeny Granilschikov, Ivan Novikov, and Mikhail Tolmachev
Jury: Teresa Iarocci Mavica, Bart De Baere, and Vasif Kortun