Ural Industrial Biennial

Biennial, Ekaterinburg, Ural, Russia.


From September 14, 2017 until November 12, 2017
The Ural biennial includes international artists as well as Russian artists, both established and young, from throughout the country.
It is the largest of regional art projects with international participation running on the territory of the Russian Federation. The Biennial is held every two years at large non-exhibitional spaces of Ekaterinburg and other cities of Sverdlovsk region. The first and the second Biennials took place on the premises of the Uralskiy Rabochiy printing house. The third Biennial was held at the Iset hotel. It was the first time this unique monument of constructivism was exhibited to a wide audience.
The Biennial explores the concept of industry both as heritage and actual practice in the Ural region. Utilizing art as a relevant resource, the Biennial integrates the region into the context of international art scene. Curators, artists, sociologists and cultural theorists from around the world define the Urals in new different ways.
The first Biennial studied practices of creative and artistic production in relation to historical memory rooted in industrial sites of Ekaterinburg and Sverdlovsk region.
The second Biennial analyzed art's ability to actively explore and transform the surrounding world.
The third Biennial focused on the concept of mobilization as a driving force in culture, and presented a study of mobilization practices available to art, business and research communities.
The 4th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art is shifting to a new level. Venues of the project are scattered all across Ekaterinburg and the Ural region, a cross-cutting theme New Literacy, conceptual uniformity of the various projects – from the main project to artist-in- residence program. We have come up with a list of top five reasons to visit the biennial in September 2017.
The exhibition of the main project at the Ural Instrument-Making Plant at the riverfront in Ekaterinburg city center – three stories (12 000 m2 ), 70 artists, 20 countries. Video, paintings, and object installations, with the free access to touch, spin, bend or push. You will participate in actualization of every artwork. The route is also individually tailored: we will offer you several ways to navigate and plan your visit.