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.


The Russian collective Where Dogs Run has been selected for the 2017 edition of Present Continuous, the V-A-C / M HKA Acquisition Programme. A long list of artists was proposed by twelve Russian experts – curators, critics and educators, namely Alisa Bagdonaite, Sergey Bratkov, Antonio Geusa, Ekaterina Inozemtseva, Elena Ischenko, Alexey Maslyaev, Maria Kalinina, Boris Klyushnikov, Alisa Prudnikova, Katerina Chuchalina, Alexandra Shestakova and Olga Shishko. Then as a result of a discussion it was narrowed down to five candidates: The Agency of Singular Investigations (Stanislav Shuripa, Anna Titova), Dimitri Venkov, Ivan Gorshkov, Where Dogs Run and Valia Fetisov. Their details were passed to the jury consisting of V-A-C Director Teresa Iarocci Mavica, M HKA Director Bart De Baere and guest jury member Defne Ayas, Director of the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands, who chose the work of Where Dogs Run to join the M HKA collection.

As well as commissioning a work by Where Dogs Run through Present Continuous this year, a work by Dimitri Venkov will also go to the M HKA collection, made possible through additional funding by M HKA.