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.


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Mad Mimes, 2012
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Anthropologists discover artifacts of a pagan tribe in a thin forest along the Moscow Ring Road – a highway that marks the boundaries of the Russian capital. The tribe is entirely dependent on roadside trash collected along the highway: lost items, road signs, car parts enter into their material culture and are used in rituals, which symbolically reflect the life of the road. Under the guidance of a shaman and with the help of psychoactive substances the members of the tribe induce themselves into a state of trance where they ecstatically imitate the actions of road workers, truck drivers and road policemen.