V-A-C Foundation, founded in Moscow in 2009 by Leonid Mikhelson and under the Directorship of Teresa Iarocci Mavica, is dedicated to the development and international presentation of Russian contemporary culture – across a multitude of forms and within the framework of a joint exhibition, educational, and publishing programme. V-A-C Foundation considers artistic production as central to its activity and essential for understanding contemporary cultural processes and stimulating new answers to its challenges. The opportunities V-A-C Foundation provides, to engage with and interrogate international cultural practices, aim to expand the platform for homegrown talent and encourage an independent artistic language. As a key speaker for contemporary Russia, V-A-C Foundation establishes new cross-cultural dialogues and incites an exchange of ideas through new collaborations and alternative settings for bringing different artistic practices together within a single vision for arts and culture.
PALAZZO DELLE ZATTERE, V-A-C Foundation’s new Venetian headquarters, is open to the public from 13 May 2017. The palazzo is situated on Zattere, overlooking the Canale della Giudecca. Originally dating back to c.1850, the building’s interior was renovated at different times from the 1950s to the 1990s. The entire space covers 2000 square metres over four levels, half of which will be dedicated exhibition space. It will include a welcome and reception area, restaurant and bookshop, rooms for talks and events, offices, an external garden and studio apartments for visiting artists and curators.
And, work is underway in Moscow to build GES-2, V-A-C’s major art site, due to open in 2019. A major new site for contemporary art and culture in the city, Renzo Piano Building Workshop have been commissioned to revive and redesign the main building – the GES-2 power station built in 1907 – and the surrounding area on the banks of the Moskva River.