International Studio Programme : April - May 2014

Viktor Misiano

Curator/Critic

Viktor Misiano

Viktor Misiano is a curator and art critic based in Moscow, Russia and Ceglie Messapica, Italy. From 1980 to 1990 he was a curator of contemporary art at the Pushkin National Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow. From 1992 to 1997 he was the director of the Center for Contemporary Art (CAC), Moscow. He curated the Russian contribution in the Istanbul Biennale, Turkey (1992), the Venice Biennale, Italy (1995, 2003), the São Paulo Biennale, Brazil (2002, 2004), and the Valencia Biennale, Spain (2001). He was on the curatorial team for the Manifesta I in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (1996). In 1993 he founded the Moscow Art Magazine and has been its editor-in-chief ever since. In 2003 he was one of the founders of the Manifesta Journal: Journal of Contemporary Curatorship and has served as editor there since 2011. In 2005 he curated the first Central Asian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Italy. In 2007 he realised the large scale exhibition project ‘Progressive Nostalgia: Art from the Former USSR’ in the Centro per l’arte contemporanea, Prato, Italy; the Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece; KUMU, Tallinn, Estonia and KIASMA, Helsinki, Finland. His latest exhibition project ‘Impossible Community’ was presented at the Moscow Museum for Modern Art (2011). Since October 2010 he is Chairman of the International Foundation Manifesta, as well as a Professor at the Nuova Academia Belle Arti (NABA), Milan, Italy and an honorary Doctorate at the Helsinki University for Art and Design, Finland.