Russian art scene in chaos

Saturday 5th March, 2022 - Bruce Sterling

*As one would expect, given the circumstances.

Following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, Putin-affiliated trustees at international museums have resigned, blockbuster exhibitions have been suspended, and preparation for both countries’ Venice Biennale pavilions has ground to a halt. This week, it also became clear that the war would have significant impact on the Russian art scene as two museum leaders in the country left their posts.

The artistic director of the V-A-C Foundation in Moscow, Francesco Manacorda, said on Thursday that he had resigned due to the conflict in Ukraine. “Unfortunately, current events have significantly changed labor and personal conditions, which is why I came to the conclusion that I will not be able to continue working with the same dedication that I could be proud of,” Manacorda told Russia’s TASS press service. “My decision was given to me with much difficulty and repentance.”…