Founded by Maria Baibakova in 2008, BAIBAKOV art projects is a non-profit platform for culturalproduction, dedicated to the support and sustained development of emerging and experimental art practicein Moscow. BAIBAKOV art projects has become a premier contemporary art destination in Russia, while simultaneously operating abroad with its international program.
In its former location at the Red October Chocolate Factory, BAIBAKOV art projects was host to some of Moscow’s most progressive and provocative exhibitions, including: the inaugural invasion: evasion, which featured 22 site-specific commissions by Russian artists; Natural Wonders: New Art from London, which included works by Idris Khan, Doug White, Conrad Shawcross and Toby Ziegler, among others; FIVE, which showcased Walead Beshty, Matthew Brannon, Wade Guyton, Sterling Ruby and Kelley Walker; and solo exhibitions by Luc Tuymans, Olga Chernysheva and Paul Pfeiffer.
In the space on Paveletskaya Naberezhnaya, a former House of Culture, built in 1978, presented two exhibitions- Perpetual Battles and 032c WORKSHOP REPORT #1 (MOSCOW).
BAIBAKOV art projects started as an exhibition platform that extended to include educational initiatives, a publishing program, and a series of commissioned work and performances. The goal of BAIBAKOV art projects is two-fold: to foster an understanding of global contemporary art in Russia and to support the presence and infiltration of Russian contemporary art in the rest of the world.
Director and Chief Curator
Director and chief curator, Maria Baibakova was born in Moscow and later studied art history at Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, and at the Courtauld Institute, London, where she obtained a distinction in her MA. She has gained invaluable experience working within multiple facets of the contemporary art world, from museums and galleries, to auction houses and advising. In 2009, Baibakova was included in Art + Auction's Power List.
Kate Sutton was born in Nashville, TN, and studied Art History at Stanford University, and at the San Francisco Art Institute, where she collaborated with Okwui Enwezor and Hou Hanru as part of the inaugural Museum and Exhibition Studies Masters’ Program. Building on previous experience at cultural institutions in the United States, Finland, and Russia, as associate curator of BAIBAKOV art projects, Sutton has worked with Maria Baibakova to produce a comprehensive exhibition and publishing program in Moscow. Additionally, Sutton is a regular contributor to Artforum.com