Joseph Backstein

Joseph Backstein (b. 1945) is an art historian, critic, curator, and the head of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow. He has curated many contemporary art exhibitions in Russia and abroad, including the first show of the Club of Avant-Garde artists (Moscow, 1987), IsKunstvo (Berlin, 1988, co-curator), and an exhibition at Butyrskaya Prison (Moscow, 1992). He co-curated Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2005 and 2007 and was its commissioner in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Articles and Dialogues by Joseph Backstein
The collection, edited by an ICA Moscow alumna Aleksandra Shestakova, contains thirty-seven articles and interviews written or taken from 1979 to 2011, as well as many photographs of some of Backstein’s landmark exhibitions and documenting his later activities as commissioner for the Moscow Biennale and the founder and director of the Moscow Institute of Contemporary Art.
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