Stella Art Foundation
Stella Art Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2003 by Stella Kesaeva. From 2011 till 2015 Stella Art Foundation was the organizer of the Russian pavilion at the Venice Biennale. As a commissioner of the pavilion Kesaeva organized the shows of Andrey Monastyrsky (curated by Boris Groys), Vadim Zakharov (curated by Udo Kittelmann), Irina Nakhova (curated by Margarita Tupitsyna).
The foundation is focused on the cultural exchange, support of the Russian art and young artists abroad. Stella Art Foundation also forms the collection of the future Museum of Modern Art which features the artworks of Western and Russian artists.
The Foundation hosted many exhibitions in Russia and abroad. In 2004, jointly with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum it organized the exhibition of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov "An incident in the Museum and other Installations" in the General Staff Building of the State Hermitage.
In 2008 Stella Art Foundation organized a series of shows in cooperation with the Museum of Art History (Kunsthistorisches Museum) in Vienna, a series of exhibitions "This vague object of art" (curator Vladimir Levashov), in 2009 "in situ" Igor Makarevich and Elena Elagina (curator Boris Manner), and in 2011 "Circle of Heroes" of Boris Orlov (curator Evgeny Barabanov).
In 2009 and 2011, within the framework of cultural exchange and cooperation with the state museum of contemporary art of the city of Thessaloniki (ΚΜΣΤ), Stella Art Foundation delivered a series of projects representing a wide cross-section of the Russian art scene. Stella Art Foundation curated the Pavilion of Moscow at the 9th Shanghai Biennale of Contemporary art, partnered with dOCUMENTA (13) and realized a joint project with the State Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg.
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