Art Capitals of the World: What Do Russian Supercities Lack to Acquire Such a Status?
The art market has long stretched beyond the borders of national states and has become a global industry with annual turnover of around USD 50 billion (according to Art Basel x UBS Global Market Research-2020). Today, major art events, such as the creation of new trends and multi-million dollar sales, are concentrated in several key spots on the world map – in the ‘art capitals’ (art hubs). These cities include New York, London, Hong Kong, Venice, Miami, and several other cities with stable economies, a developed creative sector, and infrastructure that is conducive to the development of artists, the gallery business, and business as a whole, which provides the art industry with its main consumer – collectors. What cities can be called art capitals and what criteria should be taken into account? What is the government’s role in developing the art market? What factors determine whether global art figures come to a city? How can a city’s art affect the creative economy, social sphere, tourism, and business? What kind of potential do Russian cities have?
Ksenia Sobchak, Journalist, TV presenter
Dmitry Aksenov, Chairman of the Board of Directors, viennacontemporary
Ali Güreli, Founder, Contemporary Istanbul (online)
Simon de Pury, Director, De Pury Ltd. (online)
Sergey Kuznetsov, Chief Architect of Moscow, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Architecture and Urban Planning of Moscow (online)
Simon Rees, Art Director, Cosmoscow
Ekaterina Trofimova, Partner, Deloitte CIS
Sofia Trotsenko, Founder of Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art, Member of the Civil Chamber of Moscow
Sabina Chagina, Co-founder, Biennale of Street Art ARTMOSPHERE
Front row participants
Irina Volskaya, Founder, Fragment Art Club (online)
Marina Gisich, Gallery Owner, Marina Gisich Gallery
Jovan Jelovac, Founder, Belgrade Design Week (BDW): Head, Brand New World
Ksenia Podoynitsyna, Founder, Gallery 21 and InArt by Ksenia Podoynitsyna