The 1st
Antarctic Biennale

Departing from standard exhibition models.
Developing Antarctica’s cultural potential. Pushing the boundaries of art.
Imagining the future of global community.

News

June 15, Japan

Have you heard of Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial in Japan? Of course, you have, as it is one of the largest art festivals in the world! The rural region is home to over a hundred fascinating art installations exhibited throughout the area’s 760 square km landscape. The artworks are designed to incorporate the local environment and culture. The festival will be held from July 29 to September 17, 2018 – and Antarctic Biennale will be right there! Stay tuned to learn more!

May 5, Venice

The Antarctic Pavillion returns!   The Antarctic Pavillion returns in 2017 with an exhibition featuring documentation of works created and installed in the world’s southernmost continent during the 1st Antarctic Biennale (March 2017), along with additional works by 15 international artists. Join us at the vernissage on May 11th!

Concept

Join us, board our ship
And set out on an adventure
To the new shores of art!

I am organizing
A topsy-turvy biennale,
An upside down biennale,
A mobile biennale,
In Antarctica
At the South Pole.

Mobilis in mobile!

Antarctic vision club

We are building a unique community of people who are interested in rethinking the future of unclaimed lands. As the largest unclaimed territory on Earth, Antarctica stands every chance of becoming a role model for global development. Regarding art as a cornerstone, we are creating a platform for interdisciplinary dialogue.

Visionaries

Technological innovators and visionary business leaders who are ready to face serious challenges of the 21st century. Being open-minded and flexible, they are absolutely sure that technology and innovation are a force for good.

Artists

Artists, architects, writers, musicians, art curators, journalists - all cultural leaders who take an interdisciplinary and intercultural approach in order to strengthen the global community and build long-lasting relationships based on common values.

Researchers

Scientists who believe that advanced technologies can benefit humanity and help us to build an eco-friendly and sustainable civilization. Those who place natural environment in the forefront of human wellness.

Global Events

Past events

MOSCOW, RUSSIA

January 20, 2018

Antarctic Biennale Vision Club at the State Tretyakov Gallery

MOSCOW, RUSSIA

January 19, 2018

Round Table at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

NEWPORT, USA

July 1, 2017

Antarctic Biennale conference

VENICE, ITALY

May, 2017

Art projects of the Open Call finalists and the highlights of the expedition

VENICE, ITALY

May 11, 2017

Press conference and opening of the exhibition at the Antarctic Pavilion

VENICE, ITALY

April 20, 2017

Official announcement of the exhibition at the Antarctic Pavilion

USHUAIA, ARGENTINA

April 1, 2017

Press conference on the results of the expedition

USHUAIA, ARGENTINA

March, 2017

Start of the 1st Antarctic Biennale art expedition

MIAMI, USA

December 1, 2016

Announcement of the Open Call winners at Art Basel in Miami Beach supported by BMW

MOSCOW, RUSSIA

November 21-24, 2016

Team building session of Antarctic Biennale Vision Club

MOSCOW, RUSSIA

October 13, 2016

Exhibition of the works created by the finalists of the Open Call

JAPAN

October, 2016

Opening of Alexander Ponomarev’s exhibition at the Setouchi Triennale and presentation of the Antarctic Biennale project

LONDON, UK

October, 2016

Announcement of the Open Call finalists at Frieze Art Fair

NEW YORK, USA

October, 2016

Presentation of the Antarctic Biennale project at the National Arts Club where the representatives of the United Nations and the Donner Canadian Foundation reaffirm support to the expedition

MOSCOW, RUSSIA

September 11, 2016

Panel discussion of Antarctic Biennale Vision Club at Contemporary Art Fair

MOSCOW

August 22, 2016

Antarctic Biennale Open Call announcement

NEWPORT, USA

August 18-21, 2016

Weekend with the Antarctic Biennale

BARCELONA, SPAIN

June 21, 2016

Presentation of the Antarctic Biennale project to Spanish scientific and business circles, accompanied by video screening of the exhibition “ANTARCTICA: RE-CYCLICAL” with comments by Hani Rashid

VENICE, ITALY

May 28, 2016

Opening of the exhibition “ANTARCTICA: RE-CYCLICAL. A frontier in flux” at the Antarctic Pavilion

MOSCOW, RUSSIA

May 12, 2016

The Antarctic Biennale Vision Club in ASI

NEW HARMONY, USA

May 7, 2016

Working Man Institute – the Antarctic Biennale presentation

NEW YORK, USA

April 28, 2016

Opening of the exhibition “Stored in Ice” at Richard Taittinger Gallery

NEW YORK, USA

April 18, 2016

The 1st Antarctic Biennale at the Explorers Club

MOSCOW, RUSSIA

February 26, 2016

Presentation of the Antarctic Biennale project in ARTIBUS

Future events

ECHIGO-TSUMARI ART FIELD, JAPAN

July 29, 2018

Antarctic Biennale at the Triennale 2018 in Japan

Expedition

The Antarctic Biennale Expedition has brought together approximately 100 participants — artists, researchers, and visionaries from all over the world — to explore and to think about a universal cultural future for Antarctica as a model of other ‘shared spaces’ as Ocean and Outer Space.

The art expedition has started in Ushuaia, the southernmost city of our planet, where approximately 100 participants have boarded the Akademik Sergey Vavilov research ship.

Alexander Ponomarev says that for this hundred the journey is ‘a revolution that changes the vector.

‘Instead of the usual national pavilions — the icy inaccessibility of the Antarctic continent. Instead of pompous apartments — ascetic cabins. Instead of the chaotic creative wanderings —a conjunction with the Great Nature and explosion of consciousness through the dialogues with scientists, futurists, and technological visionaries.’

Each passenger had a chance to take part in discussions, poetry, and philosophy workshops as well as to start designing the future in the Antarctic Biennale Vision club.

But the most important thing is that each expedition member have been an eyewitness and contributor to the art-making process.

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Antarctic pavilion in venice

The Antarctic Pavilion is the first ever supranational pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Established by artist, sailor and philosopher Alexander Ponomarev in 2014 as an international interface of the Antarctica Biennale (with the support by the AVC Charity Foundation), it incorporates artistic, scientific and philosophical methodologies to explore shared spaces such as Antarctica, the Ocean and the Outer Space.

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Publishing

ANTARCTOPIA
ANTARCTOPIA

Catalogue

World-famous architects (Zaha Hadid, Hugh Broughton, Alexey Kozyr, and others) presented both speculative and realistic architectural projects for Antarctica.

Concordia
CONCORDIA

Catalogue

The basis for this project was the idea of Salvation, as developed by the artist for many years, and of Concordia between people and nations.

Partners

Antarctic BiennaleDownload Presentation

Download the complete project overview of the Antarctic Biennale. This document details our mission, structure, program outline, team profiles, and partnership opportunities. For those interested in becoming a partner institution, a patron, or corporate sponsor, this is the best place to start.

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