North-7 art collective has been selected for this year’s edition of Present Continuous, the V-A-C / M HKA Acquisition Programme, taking place for the sixth time. The artists shortlisted this year were Ian Ginsburg, Irina Korina, Ivan Novikov, North-7, Tima Radya. The winner was selected by a jury consisting of V-A-C Director Teresa Iarocci Mavica, M HKA Director Bart De Baere and guest jury member Raimundas Malašauskas, curator, writer and visiting professor at HEAD Geneve.

V-A-C Foundation and Whitechapel Gallery, London, are proud to present the third edition of the V-A-C Live performance series.

Russian collective VASYA RUN bring their latest performance to the UK for the very first time. Nine young men aged between 18 to 26 from London and Moscow feature in this interactive and experimental work which blurs the boundaries between theatre, music and contemporary art.

“The aim is not to make [the performers] actors. During the actual performance they need to perform in a state of self-awareness, inner spontaneity, inner freedom and freedom of physical expression.“ — VASYA RUN

VASYA RUN is an anonymous platform investigating street subcultures, radical youth and teenage scenes, particularly amongst the generation born in the early nineties, following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Their research explores the gender politics of youth and what happens to subcultures when they become commodified.

V-A-C Foundation is proud to launch sudest 1401 — a new project with Hamed Ahmadi and his Venice based restaurant Orient Experience at their Venice headquarters Palazzo delle Zattere.

At sudest 1401 stories from the Balkan and Middle East will come to life through traditional regional dishes, while the culture of the south will be represented through the rich cuisine of Sicily, an island with a long history of migration. Uniting these traditions, sudest 1401 is the perfect metaphor for hospitality and coming together in a land for everyone.

Food and conviviality is an ideal vehicle for sharing knowledge and ideas, an opportunity to learn about each other and foster social harmony. In the context of V-A-C’s Venetian headquarters Palazzo delle Zattere, sudest 1401 brings these values to the art world and further supports V-A-C’s core mission to overcome cultural divisions.

sudest 1401 bar and restaurant at Palazzo delle Zattere will be open every day from 8am to 11pm.


Laguna Viva [Living Lagoon] is the first stage of a long-term strategy to enable Palazzo delle Zattere to engage with the complexities of everyday life in Venice.

V-A-C Foundation commissioned London based collective Assemble, who work across the elds of architecture, design and art, to develop a long-term project for the garden and indoor area where the Foundation’s new bar and restaurant, sudest 1401, is located. Assemble’s aim was to create an environment that would both explore and actively involve the city and they immediately turned to the organisation We Are Here Venice to work with them on the project. We Are Here Venice is an independent organisation that addresses Venice’s challenges as a living city through research and collaboration with the local authorities as well as public and private institutions connected to the city.

The new, free to access, permanent outdoor installation will enhance the ongoing conversation about the intimate and mutually dependent relationship between Venice and its context. The typical lagoon salt marsh habitat is arranged according to botanical associations and functional morphology and housed in two large tanks, which at the end of the year will be covered in individual tiles taking the project into its final stage.

As with all V-A-C initiatives, access to Laguna Viva will be free of charge and open to everyone, every day of the week from 8am to 11pm.

Russian collective Where Dogs Run has been selected for this year’s edition of Present Continuous, the V-A-C / M HKA Acquisition Programme. The artists shortlisted this year were The Agency of Singular Investigations (Stanislav Shuripa, Anna Titova), Dimitri Venkov, Ivan Gorshkov, Where Dogs Run and Valia Fetisov. A jury consisting of V-A-C Director Teresa Iarocci Mavica, M HKA Director Bart De Baere and guest jury member Defne Ayas, Director of the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands, chose the work of Where Dogs Run, which will go to the M HKA collection.

V-A-C Live returns to Whitechapel Gallery for the second year in their joint performance series with the world premier of a new performance by acclaimed mid career Russian artist Vadim Zakharov.

Renowned Russian artist Vadim Zakharov (b. 1959, Tajikistan) presents an evening of exhilarating and subversive performance taking inspiration from the book Incomplete & Utter History of Classical Music, by Stephen Fry. From composer Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka (1911) to Marcel Duchamp’s Bottle Rack (1914), Zakharov conceives a humorous journey across time and history, old and new, tradition and contemporaneity.


V-A-C Live is a performance led platform of the V-A-C Foundation.

Sasha Pirogova has been selected for Present Continuous, V-A-C/M HKA Acquisition Programme 2016. A jury consisting of V-A-C Director Teresa Iarocci Mavica, M HKA Director Bart De Baere and guest jury member Katerina Koskina, Director of EMST, chose Pirogova whose work will go to the M HKA collection.

Geometry of Now, curated by Mark Fell, GES-2, Moscow. V-A-C Live launches its future Moscow home with an investigation of sound through site-specific interventions in the space of the former GES-2 power station. 20-27 February 2017.

V-A-C Foundation and Whitechapel Gallery present Cabaret Kultura, three evenings of experimental performance which take inspiration from the history of cabaret and avant-garde theatre of early 20th Century Russia.

New Museum, New York, Anri Sala: Answer Me, 2 Feb. – 10 April 2016. Performance support provided by the V-A-C Foundation.

Founding Partner of the Whitechapel Gallery’s Future Fund. The Future Fund was established to support the commission and creation of new art at the Gallery (from 2015).

Donorship of the 56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (2015).

Second year of the Collecting Young Russian Art, V-A-C / M HKA scheme, set up to support the new generation of artists in Russia and to open up Russian contemporary art to the wider world. Jury: Teresa Iarocci Mavica, Bart de Baere and Vasif Kortun. MEL SPACE, Moscow, 21 October 2015.

Art Institute of Chicago, Jean-Luc Mylayne, C 16 April 1987, Small Chapel for One Person or at Most a Couple (1987), a public project for the Millennium Park Lurie Garden in 2015, realised in collaboration with V-A-C Foundation.

Donorship of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (2014).

Collecting Young Russian Art, V-A-C / M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp: a new annual scheme set up to support the new generations of artists living and working in Russia. Artists are nominated and shortlisted by an international jury, with the winning artist’s work going to the M HKA Collection. Curated by Yulia Aksenova, Katerina Chuchalina, Ekaterina Inozemtseva, Andrey Parshikov and Elena Yaichnikova. Cosmoscow, Moscow, 18 September 2014.

Donorship of the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (2013).

A three year collaboration with Tate on the appointment of two new curators for their Russian collection and Acquisition Fund, 2015-2018.

Donorship of Manifesta 10, Saint Petersburg (Russia), 2014.

Production of Monumenta 2014 Ilya & Emilia Kabakov: The Strange City, Grand Palais, Paris (France), 2014.

Production of Pawel Althamer: The Neighbours, New Museum, New York (USA), 2014.

Restoration of the Imperial Rooms (Le Stanze di Sissi) inside the Museo Correr, Venice (Italy), 2013.

Production of Kendell Geers’ work Monument (Fired Up), commissioned for Manifesta 9, Genk (Belgium), 2012.

Production of Alexandra Sukhareva’s work Being the Mother is the Bone, commissioned for Documenta (13), Kassel (Germany), 2012.

Production of Carsten Höller’s: Experience, New Museum, New York (USA), 2011/12.