Russian Curator Viktor Misiano Wins the Igor Zabel Award and the ERSTE Foundation Award

The Russian curator and publicist Viktor Misiano became the winner of the Igor Zabel Award in the field of culture and theory in 2016. This award, which is jointly presented by Društvo Igorja Zabela za kulturo in teorijo and the ERSTE Foundation, amounts to 40,000 euros. Rewarding Viktor Misiano is a milestone in the modern Russian-Slovenian cultural ties.

Viktor Misiano is awarded for his curatorial achievements, journalism and editorial matter in the field of contemporary art in Russia and abroad. According to the jury, which this year included the director of the Moderna Gallery (Ljubljana) Zdenka Badovinac (the chairperson), the director of the platform Vit Havranek (the Czech Republic) and the artist Roman Ondak (Slovakia), Viktor Misian has been one of the leading experts in the field of art and culture in Eastern Europe over the past 30 years.

Viktor Misiano and the Russian-Slovenian Cooperation in the Field of Culture and Art

The starting point of his career was the National Museum of Fine Arts named after A.S. Pushkin in Moscow, where he worked as a contemporary art curator. He then became the director of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Moscow. In 1996, he was a member of the team of curators of the Manifesta 1 exhibition in Rotterdam, and in 2010–2014 — the Chairman of the Manifesta supervisory board.

Editorial matter takes an important place in the biography of Viktor Misiano. In 1993, Viktor Misiano founded the Moscow Art Magazine, the chief editor of which he remains to this day. In 2003, he together with Igor Zabel established the MJ – Manifesta Journal: Journal of Contemporary Curatorship (Amsterdam–Ljubljana). In 2004, together with Igor Zabel and Zdenko Badovinac, he prepared an exhibition of “7 Sins: Ljubljana-Moscow” in the Moderna Gallery (Ljubljana), which made a great contribution to the Russian-Slovenian cooperation in the field of culture and art.

The Igor Zabel Award

The Igor Zabel Award is presented for the outstanding achievements in the field of fine arts and culture of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. It is awarded to the curators working at an international level, art historians and theorists, writers and critics, who hail from these parts of Europe, live or work in them, or if their works relate to these regions. The award is named in honour of the Slovenian curator, writer and theorist of culture Igor Zabel (1958–2005), who worked as a curator of the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana. The Igor Zabel Society of Culture and Theory (Društvo Igorja Zabela za kulturo in teorijo) was founded in his honour and continues to promote the theory of contemporary curatorial practices. The official awarding ceremony will take place on 9 December in the Moderna Gallery (Ljubljana).