V-A-C Foundation was established in Moscow in 2009 by Leonid Mikhelson, under the Directorship of Teresa Iarocci Mavica. V-A-C produces new culture together with artists and audiences alike. It is a platform for open discussion aimed at redefining the contemporary landscape. Working with local communities, V-A-C promotes its exhibition, publishing, performative and learning programmes beyond all disciplinary boundaries and thus constantly resets the coordinates for dialogue within a new global geography. This methodology is applied in all V-A-C initiatives, taking place in its Venetian space, through international, cross-institutional partnerships and in its future home for arts and culture in Moscow, GES-2.
V-A-C Collection is a constantly developing body of work from both emerging and leading, internationally recognised artists such as Francis Bacon, Alighiero e Boetti, Marcel Broodthaers, Liz Deschenes, Natalia Goncharova, Wade Guyton, Wassily Kandinsky, Lucy McKenzie, Amedeo Modigliani, Sigmar Polke to Mike Nelson, James Richards, Gerhard Richter, Bridget Riley, Egon Schiele, Dayanita Singh, Hito Steyerl and Christopher Wool.
Palazzo delle Zattere is V-A-C Foundation’s Venetian headquarters launched in spring 2017. This newly renovated historic palazzo, situated on Zattere overlooking the Canale della Giudecca, can accommodate exhibitions, events and residencies. The Foundation commissioned local architect Alessandro Pedron to to restore and renovate the building, transforming it into a new centre for contemporary culture for the city of Venice. The entire space covers 2000 sq metres over four levels, half of which is exhibition space. In spring 2018, the foundation launched two new long-term projects at Palazzo delle Zattere: sudest 1401 is a sociocultural project launched by V-A-C with Hamed Ahmadi, a political refugee from Afganistan who took refuge in Venice some years ago. Sharing and combining traditional foods that trace the journey made by refugees to Italy is the key to the sudest 1401 project, along with the mutual desire for dialogue among diverse cultures. sudest 1401 bar and restaurant at Palazzo delle Zattere is open everyday from 8am to 11pm. Additionally, V-A-C have launched the first phase of a long-term strategy to engage with the city: Laguna Viva (Living Lagoon) is an outdoor installation in the form of a typical lagoon saltmarsh habitat, arranged according to botanical associations and functional morphology and housed in two large tanks. This ongoing project is developed by London based collective Assemble with local organisation We Are Here Venice.
GES-2 is V-A-C’s new major art site and future home in Moscow. The entire area of 20,000 square metres is being redesigned by Renzo Piano Building Workshop and will open in 2019. Currently in the construction phase, the main building being restored and redesigned is a historic power station dating back to the early 1900s. GES-2 will open in 2019.