The Critical Mass of the Critical Mess: 100 issues of Moscow Art Magazine

Join to celebrate the 100th issue of Moscow Art Magazine at the launch of the book Critical Mass, a collection of writing on post-Soviet Russian art collected from the magazine by founder and editor Viktor Misiano published by Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

Viktor will give a talk on the development of Russian art since the break-up of the Soviet Union, from the hopeful manifestos of the early 1990s to the angry, politically engaged art of today.

He will give insight into the founding of Moscow Art Magazine and the book Critical Mass, which seeks to introduce English-language readers to Russian art discourse throughout the post-Soviet years, and comprises seven sections on different themes giving readers a comprehensive look at the Russian art scene as seen from within.

While working on the book, Moscow Art Magazine published its anniversary issue and three others: work is now proceeding on issue 105. It seems best, then, to recall the phrase at the end of every comic by Georgy Litichevsky, one of which adorns each issue of Moscow Art Magazine: “To be continued.”

About the book

Critical Mass: Moscow Art Magazine 1993–2017 edited by Viktor Misiano

With the launch of Moscow Art Magazine in 1993, curator and critic Viktor Misiano gave readers access to a rich variety of theory, criticism, and artists’ texts by Russian and international writers. It is the only independent art journal in Russia which has weathered the country’s economic crises and continued to publish innovative, and at times challenging, writing on visual art up to the present day.

Critical Mass: Moscow Art Magazine 19932017 is published to mark the hundredth issue of the magazine and presents a selection of texts which cover the development of Russian art since the break-up of the Soviet Union. Arranged thematically, they range from the hopeful manifestos of the early 1990s to the angry, politically-engaged art of the 2010s. Misiano, who received the Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory in 2016, has written new introductions to the themes covered in the book, setting the original texts within the social and political context of their time. Artist Georgy Litichevsky has produced seven comic strips, one for each chapter. A critical chronology marks important events in the cultural life of Russia connected to criticism and art theory, such as the first translations of key international texts.

Published by Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

About the author

Viktor Misiano (b. 1957) is a curator, editor and critic. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of Moscow Art Magazine. Exhibitions organised include: Ornamentalism: Latvian Contemporary Art, Collateral Event of the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice (2015);  Impossible Community, State Museum  of Contemporary Art of the Russian Academy of Arts, Moscow (2011); Progressive Nostalgia: Art from the Former USSR, Centro per l’arte contemporanea, Prato, the Benaki Museum, Athens, Kumu, Tallinn, and Kiasma, Helsinki (2007); and INTEЯPOL, Fargfabriken, Stockholm (1996). Books include Five Lectures on Curating (2015) and The Other and the Different (2004). In 2016, he was the recipient of the Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory.

Presented alongside the London Book Fair.

In partnership with Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and Read Russia.


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