Francesco Manacorda. Photo: Michael James O’Brien

Francesco Manacorda Joins V-A-C Foundation as Artistic Director

Dedicated to the development and international presentation of Russian contemporary culture, the V-A-C Foundation announced today that Francesco Manacorda has been named its new artistic director. He currently serves as the artistic director of Tate Liverpool, which he joined in 2012. Manacorda will take up the post in September.

“I have followed closely the developments of V-A-C Foundation since it was established in 2009 and have been a huge admirer of their risk-taking, rigorous, and experimental approach,” Manacorda said. “I am delighted to join the team in a moment of great expansion in Moscow and Venice that will cement V-A-C’s international reach and present incredible opportunities for artists from all over the world.”

While at Tate Liverpool, Manacorda’s term was marked by his focus on education. He created a new take on programming at the institution, integrating exhibitions, learning, and research by presenting monographic exhibitions of modern artists alongside solo shows of contemporary artists, such as Piet Mondrian and Nasreen Mohamedi, Francis Bacon and Ella Kruglyaskaya with Maria Lassnig, and Jackson Pollock and Geta Bratescu with Glenn Ligon.

Previously, he cocurated the 2016 Liverpool Biennial as well as various exhibitions including “Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art” (2008) and “Radical Nature—Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet 1969–2009” (2009) at the Barbican in London. In 2007, he curated the Slovenian pavilion at the Fifty-Second Venice Biennale and the New Zealand pavilion at the Fifty-Third Venice Biennale in 2009.

“Francesco will come to Moscow at a pivotal moment for the foundation, as we launch our Venetian space this year and look towards the opening of GES-2, our Moscow home, in 2019,” Teresa Iarocci Mavica, director of V-A-C, said. “Francesco has always showed a liking for unorthodox challenges, receiving great recognition for his curatorial work and leadership. I am incredibly excited to have him join us at this construction stage to work together on building a truly innovative artistic institutional model, one that, we hope, keeps pushing us to accept ever-greater challenges.”

V-A-C Foundation will launch Palazzo delle Zattere, its new permanent exhibition and education space in Venice on May 13, with the international group exhibition “Space Force Construction.”