Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
Stella Art Foundation, Moscow


Stella Kesaeva

Stella Kesaeva is the President of the Stella Art Foundation and the Commissioner of the Russian Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale, a position she also held for the Biennales of 2011 and 2013. Since the Stella Art Foundation was established in 2003, Kesaeva has organized approximately one hundred exhibitions in Europe, Asia, and the United States. These include Ruin Russia (Scuola dell’arte dei Tiraoro e Battioro, 2007) and That Obscure Object of Art (Ca’ Rezzonico, 2009), both organized in conjunction with the Venice Biennales of those years. She has also partnered with major museums, including the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, where she presented a trio of exhibitions: That Obscure Object of Art (2009), Elena Elagina and Igor Makarevich’s show In Situ (2009), and Boris Orlov’s Circle of Heroes (2010). Among Kesaeva’s exhibition projects in Russia are Ilya and Emilia Kabakov’s “Incident in the Museum” and Other Installations (State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, 2004); Mapplethorpe’s Rooms (Stella Art Space, Moscow, 2005); and Vadim Zakharov: 25 Years on One Page (State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, 2006). Kesaeva also works closely with the musical director and conductor Valery Gergiev. In 2008, she worked with Gergiev on organizing the Russian premiere of Bill Viola’s production of Richard Wagner’s opera Tristan and Isolde at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.



Margarita Tupitsyn

Margarita Tupitsyn is an independent curator, scholar, and critic living in New York and Paris. In 1981–83, she was the curator of the Contemporary Russian Art Center of America in SoHo, New York, where she organized the first exhibitions of Moscow Conceptualism in the United States, including Russian New Wave (1981) and Apt Art: Moscow Vanguard in the ’80s (1984). In 1986, Tupitsyn curated Sots Art for the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, and during the perestroika years she curated or co-curated Between Spring and Summer: Soviet Conceptual Art in the Era of Late Communism (ICA, Boston, 1990); The Green Show (Exit Art, New York, 1990); The Work of Art in the Age of Perestroika (Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, 1990); and The Great Utopia (Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1992). In 1999, she was responsible for the Russian section of Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin, 1950s–1980s (Queens Museum, New York), and, most recently, she organized Rodchenko and Popova: Defining Constructivism (Tate Modern, London, 2009). Tupitsyn is the author of Margins of Soviet Art: Socialist Realism to the Present (1989); El Lissitzky: Beyond the Abstract Cabinet (1999); Malevich and Film (2002); and Against Kandinsky (2006). Her articles have appeared in numerous international publications, among them Art in America, Arts Magazine, Artforum, and Flash Art. In 2011, Tupitsyn received a Creative Capital / Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant to support her forthcoming book, Moscow Vanguard Art, 1922–92.

Stella Art Foundation

The Stella Art Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in Moscow in November 2003 on the initiative of Stella Kesaeva. The foundation is dedicated to supporting contemporary art, with a special focus on encouraging scholarship in the field of Moscow conceptual art. It maintains a collection of over one thousand artworks from the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The Stella Art Foundation has carried out approximately one hundred projects by Russian and foreign artists both in Russia and abroad.