A number of special projects commissioned for the fair will be created by Cosmoscow Artist of the Year 2018 Taus Makhacheva (in 2018 she will participate in four international biennales including Liverpool Biennial and Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art); art project presented by the Smena Center of Contemporary Culture (Kazan, est. 2013), Cosmoscow 2018 Non-Profit Institution of the Year; and a site-specific project Black Diptych (Black Forest and Black Sky) by emerging Russian artist Alexey Martins, who was the winner of the 2017 Ruinart Art Patronat grant. Cosmoscow 2018 will also feature the first public presentation of a new collection of media art formed by the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Cosmoscow 2018 Museum Partner, as a part of Pushkin Museum XXI programme.
Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair was launched by Russian collector and philanthropist Margarita Pushkina in 2010 and aims to bring together both Russian and international collectors, galleries and artists. Cosmoscow is Russia’s only international art fair taking place every September with its own spot in an international art calendar. The 5th anniversary edition of the fair took place at the Gostiny Dvor on September 8-10, 2017 representing a record number of 54 Russian and International galleries and welcoming 19,200 guests. Over 2,000 people visited Cosmoscow Collectors’ Preview.
Cosmoscow 2018 will take place from 6 to 9 September 2018 at Gostiny Dvor. 6 September is a dedicated to press, art professionals, and collectors. Public viewing is from 7 to 9 September.