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 spectator s theatre for one (c)Ksenia Peretrukhina
The Spectator's Theatre, 2018
Installation , variable dimensions
mixed media

“The Spectator's Theatre” is a series of interactive facilities — theatrical auditoriums with different arrangements at VDNkH (The Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy) enabling spectators to become actors and conduct experiments both on themselves and the surrounding world. The project argues that hierarchy is not the best way to organise social order and invites viewers to try and “rehearse” a diversity of orders, to experience the horizontal social structure and the freedom of choice. For these purposes, a theatre prototype is organically suitable offering a play-like laboratory space, which shatters established patterns of behaviour and provides a viewer with an opportunity to do something extraordinary, to play a role, to become a creator.

The objects are open to verbal and kinesthetic interaction inviting viewers to try different roles (though not imposing them), e.g. a role of contemporary Hamlet contemplating our time, a role of a free individual personality taking an independent decision to take part in the proposed action, a role of a creator building his / her own artistic world. The seriality of objects implies a structure of a travel, a comparison, a discovery. The location and arrangement of each separate object creates opportunities for building an individual plot and individual way of interaction with it. In parallel, the project tells about the modern theatre, its diversity, its capabilities and the fact that the theatre today is a powerful, relevant tool for transforming reality.