The Russian Ministry of Culture announced on Monday that Teresa Iarocci Mavica, co-founder and director of the V-A-C Foundation, has been appointed as the commissioner of the Russian pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
The ministry added that Mavica will serve as the commissioner of the Russian pavilion at both the International Art Exhibition and the International Architecture Exhibition until 2021.
Mavica replaces Semyon Mikhailovsky, rector of the Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture in Saint Petersburg, who led the Russian Pavilion since 2016.
Consulting group SmartArt will take over the strategic management of the pavilion.
Born in Naples, Italy, Mavica spent a significant part of her career in Russia, where she ran Stella Art Foundation and in 2009 founded V-A-C Foundation together with Leonid Mikhelson, the CEO of Russian gas giant Novatek.
V-A-C Foundation is a leading cultural institution in Russia, which describes itself as a platform for open discussion aimed at redefining the contemporary landscape. Working with local communities, it promotes its exhibition, publishing, performative, and learning programs beyond all disciplinary boundaries.