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.

Present Continuous, the V-A-C / M HKA Acquisition Programme, is set up to support the new generation of artists in Russia and to open up Russian contemporary art to the wider world.

The annual scheme is divided into different stages: Russian curators, institutions, critics and editors by invitation come up with an initial long-list of who they consider to be the most talented young and emerging artists in Russia today. They bring the names to the table for discussion and narrow the list down to four or five artists, whose details are then passed to the jury to select one finalist. Previous finalists include Olga Chernycheva (2013), Taus Makhacheva (2014), Evgeny Antufiev (2015) and Sasha Pirogova (2016).