October 26 it was held a press conference on the occasion of the launch of the Association of Galleries (AGA), created by the initiative of a group of Moscow galleries and the Winzavod Fund for the Support of Contemporary Art. The event took place at the Educational Center of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA).
The press conference was attended by members of the Board of the Association - Emelyan Zakharov, co-founder of the Triumph gallery, Ksenia Podoinitsyna, founder of Gallery 21 and InArt Gallery by Ksenia Podoynitsina, Sergey Popov, founder of the pop / off / art gallery, Elena Selina, founder of XL Gallery, Sophia Trotsenko, President of the Winzavod Fund for the Support of Contemporary Art, and Alexander Sharov, founder of 11.12 Gallery.
The conference was opened by the Director of MMOMA Vasily Tsereteli. He noted that the launch of the Association is a great event for the museum community and cultural life - “If there were no galleries, there would be no contemporary art in general. I hope that the work of the Association of Galleries will make an important and tangible contribution to the work of expert and purchasing commissions".
“The Association is primarily a unification of Russian contemporary art galleries. The goal is to represent jointly the interests of the industry. First of all, support, development of contemporary art, ensuring the growth of the market and development of collecting practices are important” - explained Sofya Trotsenko, who initiated the creation of the Association. She added that "any crisis is the best time to unite".
Main directions of the Association's work includes the formation of a single information space, the conduct of educational activities, the development and strengthening of international relations. The Association undertakes the development of measures aimed at obtaining benefits and preferences for galleries, including compensation for participation in contemporary art fairs; active interaction with the government; work on simplifying the customs regime; import and export of works of art and providing economic support.
The Association is open for joining, the rules for joining are posted on the Association's website. The current members of the Association are 11.12 GALLERY, a-s-t-r-a, Askeri Gallery, InArt Gallery by Ksenia Podoynitsina, Krokin Gallery, pop / off / art, Syntax, Totibadze Gallery, VP Studio, XL Gallery, Eastern Gallery, Anna Nova, KultProekt, Triangle, Triumph. For online galleries and projects that do not have an exhibition space, the status of "associate member" has been created.
The Association of Galleries is a non-profit organization whose main goal is to develop the contemporary art industry in Russia by supporting galleries and streamlining the work of market mechanisms, promoting Russian art on global platforms, creating the right context for its perception by professionals and the public both domestically and abroad.
"Association of Galleries" plans to provide assistance to member galleries of the association, including legal, organizational and educational. Galleries-participants will receive online access to information on government benefits, subsidies, specialized legal advice, basic legal documents, assistance in obtaining grants, including for participation in international fairs, PR support, special conditions from partners.
The educational program includes regular conferences and discussions, including online, thematic consultations for members of the Association from experts from different industries on solving specific problems in the art business - positioning and promoting the gallery and artists in Russia and abroad; search and attraction of grant funds for projects of artists and galleries, customs clearance procedures. The activities of the "Association of Galleries" are directed by the Board, which includes the founders of the galleries-initiators.
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