A Curator Reveals: a talk with celebrated Russian curator Joseph Backstein

NB Change of time to 6.30! 

Join us for a talk and drinks with Joseph Backstein, one of the leading curators in Russia over the last 30 years, and former Commissioner of the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Joseph will talk about curating in Russia and how this role has changed since he began. He will also talk about the history, development and significance of the Biennale over the last 12 years, its important role as a reflector of the global contemporary art scene as well as its great impact within Russia and Internationally.

Joseph Backstein was artistic director of the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art until May this year. He is deputy director of the State Centre for Museums and Exhibitions ROSIZO, director of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow and a member of the Art Historians' Association. He is the curator of more than 30 exhibitions including the Norman Foster solo show at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Sergei Bratkov’s exhibition at 25th Sao Paolo Biennial and was the curator of the Russian pavilion at the Venice Biennale 1999. Backstein has a medal of the Academy of Arts of the Russian Federation and is the author of numerous publications on contemporary art. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Computer Sciences and has a PhD in Sociology of Arts and Culture.

Pushkin House curator Olga Jurgenson will chair a Q&A at the end of the talk. 

To be followed by drinks.

The time has changed to 6.30 as Joseph has to get the night flight back to Moscow that night and this will ensure we have sufficient time.