15. Russian Pavilion – V.D.N.H.
Commissioner: Semen Mikhailovsky. Curator: Sergey Kuznetsov.
Entitled V.D.N.H. Urban Phenomenon the Russian contribution to the 2016 Venice Biennale is an account of how the V.D.N.H. (the ‘Exhibition of Attainments of the National Economy’)—a unique complex in both scale and architecture—is being transformed into a multi-format cultural and educational space, accessible to all.”
According to Sergey Kuznetsov, Chief Architect of Moscow and the exhibition’s curator: “Unlike most theme and amusements parks, the V.D.N.H. does not merely provide citizens with leisure, but has an educational and cultural mission.” he continues, “the coherence of this urban ensemble, the diversity of its public spaces, and its necklace of national and thematic pavilions create a territory which is capable of accumulating and multiplying society’s intellectual and cultural energy, and it is this which in the final analysis is helping us win the battle for quality of life.”
Kuznetsov outlines the exhibition as “art and multimedia technologies to talk about the past, present, and future of the V.D.N.H.” In addition to “a section dealing with the history of the artefacts from Soviet times” and “a video installation immersing visitors in the atmosphere of the V.D.N.H. today.”