«We kept on thinking about the format of the ‘open-type’ museum ... In a few months we got in touch with Siberian museums, and in December 1995 the first Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale was held, which became a communication forum not only for the museum professionals, but for the artists as well ... In 1998, in Strasbourg, our work has been internationally recognized within the framework of the “Best European Museum of the Year” competition. We became the first (and still the only) Russian museum awarded The Council of Europe Museum Prize» (Sergei Kovalevsky)
«The museum is turned inside out: the plaster heads, that were standing on pedestals during the times of the Lenin museum, now turned away into a narrow corridor (this is the way Sergey Kovalevsky, the curator of the biennale, unites the museum into a single myth) ... The biennale also turns inside out, but does not give answers – probably the commonality of this process, floundering in the same remnant is the very contiguity: charged by the common time and space, we are looking into the future » (Aroundart)
«The Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale is very special, it is a unique art project, aimed at understanding the space of Siberia, a kind of measuring instrument for studying this vast, terrific, deserted territory. The concept of the “distance” is not that easy to interpret in other languages, but for a Russian person it means a lot, and modern art helps to translate the distance into the language of sensations» (Time Out)
The art director of the Krasnoyarsk Museum Center "Square of Peace", permanent curator of the Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale, art historian, architect, designer, screenwriter, curator.
Sergey Kovalevsky develops programs and projects aimed at expanding the sphere of influence of the Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale, promotes contemporary art and creates a stable interest in art space of a wide audience.
He has been working at the Krasnoyarsk Museum Center since 1997. During this time he became the curator and the designer of more than 40 exposition projects, as a designer Kovalevsky has developed more than 20 museum projects and expositions on the venues of Siberia and Moscow. He published more than 50 articles on contemporary art and museology, has more than 30 publications in Russian and international press about the author’s (или имеется в виду copyright?)creative practice. Under his guidance, the Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennale has become one of the most significant cultural events of the region in the field of contemporary art, the geography of the participating countries of the project is constantly expanding: currently it includes Russia, Kazakhstan, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and the USA. Sergey Kovalevsky also develops concepts for museums as an architect, designer and screenwriter.
In 2007 he received a special prize “For the Social Measurement of Contemporary Art” at the All-Russian International Competition “Innovation”, and the VII Krasnoyarsk Biennale itself "Drawing (The scheme) of Siberia" was nominated for “The Best Regional Project”. In 2010, Kovalevsky was awarded the INNOVATION Prize, the All-Russian Competition in Contemporary Visual Art, in the nomination “The Best Regional Project” as the curator of the VIII Krasnoyarsk Biennale of Art Museum “Distance” in 2009.
1995 — “The Past and the Future in the Museum”, I Krasnoyarsk Biennale of Art Museum. Curator.
1997 — “The open museum: Urbi et orbi” II Krasnoyarsk Biennale of Art Museum. Curator.
1999 — “Museums of the world — on the square of the world” III Krasnoyarsk Biennale of Art Museum. Curator.
2001 — “The art of memory” IV Krasnoyarsk Biennale of Art Museum. Curator.
2003 — “The Fiction of history” V Krasnoyarsk Biennale of Art Museum. Curator.
2005 — “Moving of values: the value of moving” VI Krasnoyarsk Biennale of Art Museum. Curator.
2007 — “The scheme of Siberia” VII Krasnoyarsk Biennale of Art Museum. Curator.
2009 — “The distance” VIII Krasnoyarsk Biennale of Art Museum. Curator.
2011 — “In the depth” IX Krasnoyarsk Biennale of Art Museum. Curator.
2013 — “Love of space” X Krasnoyarsk Biennale of Art Museum. Curator.
2015 — “The Practice of contiguity” XI Krasnoyarsk Biennale of Art Museum. Curator.
Awards and titles:
In 2007 Kovalevsky was a special prize for the socially significant phenomenon in contemporary art of the All-Russian International Competition “Innovation”,
The VIII Krasnoyarsk Biennale of Art Museum “Distance”, the project of the Krasnoyarsk Museum Center, received an award for “The Best Regional Project” at the All-Russian International Competition “Innovation”.
Education and professional activities:
Graduated from the School of Engineering and Construction of the Siberian Federal University, “Architecture” faculty in 1982.
The Krasnoyarsk Museum Complex. Art-director since 1997.
Head of the innovation seminars in the museum exposition in the countries of Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan), 2007-2011.
Member of an expert council of the All-Russian International Competition “Innovation” in contemporary art, 2011-2013.
Member of the Expert Council of the Russian investment art rating 49ART.