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.


Haim sokol i am spartacus 1 (c)video still: Haim Sokol
I Am Spartacus, 2012
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In his film I Am Spartacus Haim Sokol reconstructs a scene from Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus (1960). From Ancient Rome, action moves to today’s Moscow where the roles are played by labor migrants from Kyrghyzstan. In this scene, defeat is transformed into a moment of complete triumph. Defeated, anonymous slaves gain names. Each of them becomes Spartacus, and hence each can lead a future uprising.