The MISSION of the 1st Biennale

No man in the human history can be compared with Jesus Christ in the number of paintings dedicated to him. Our faith in God is an inexhaustible source of beauty, enabling us to create and thereby proclaim Christ.
The beauty is one of the manifestations of the Creator in our world. Man, as God’s image and likeness, can cognize Him through art and thus bear witness to Him. Create for Christ.
The Biennale promotes the development of Christocentric art, revealing new frontiers of God’s cognition.
A participation in the Biennale is a wonderful opportunity for young artists to discover their creativity and to express themselves.
At the online and offline exhibitions within the framework of the Biennale, you can get acquainted with the works of both temporal and liturgical artists working in various areas of fine art.

15 / 10 / 2020 — 15 / 06 / 2021

Acceptance of applications is over


«Best young artist»
The 1st International Biennale of Christocentric art creates a single platform for all those who devote their creativity to understanding the Christian faith and to reflection of the gospel stories.

Are you an artist who can’t imagine his life without Christ?

Do you want to help in spreading the Good News through the universal language of art?

Are you interested in creating in different styles and directions?

Do you want to share your experience with other artists and to find something new for yourself?

Works on Christian themes that have not previously been exhibited at international events are allowed to participate in this contest.

15 / 10 / 2020 — 15 / 06 / 2021

Acceptance of applications is over

Dear visitors of the Ist Biennale of Christocentric Art!

The restrictions associated with the pandemic do not allow the exhibition to be open for unsupervised visiting.
The exhibition will be available for small groups, daily from 13: 00 to 17: 00.
We take responsibility for creating a safe environment and ask you to follow the prescribed measures.
Please register in advance on the Biennale website. Registration is free.
Wear a mask and gloves during your visiting.

We are waiting for you from March 15 at the address:
6/1 Chernigovsky pereulok, bldg. 3, Moscow

(the building of baking prosphoras on the territory of the Church of Michael and Fyodor Chernigov)

The Jury

Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeev)

The Chairman of the Biennale jury. The Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations. Rector of Ss Cyril and Methodius Institute of Post-Graduate Studies (the CMI). Rector of the Patriarchal Chernigov metochion. Theologian, Church historian, composer

Gor Chahal

The Curator of the Biennale.
Multimedia artist. Academician of the Russian Academy of ARTS

Alexey Lidov

Art historian and theorist, byzantologist. Academician of the Russian Academy of ARTS

Irina Yazikova

Art critic, candidate of cultural studies, specialist in modern icons

Sergey Cujavsky

Designer, graphic artist, organizer of a design Studio Open!design

15 / 10 / 2020 — 15 / 06 / 2021

Acceptance of applications is over

works of artists

You can vote only for one work

15 / 10 / 2020 — 15 / 06 / 2021

Acceptance of applications is over

Awards and prizes

A catalogue of the best works of participants will be printed as a result of the Biennale (circulation of 500 copies).
The Final concert of the competition for young composers of sacred music will be held during the Biennale.
© 2020 Biennale

The Regulation

Of the 1st Biennale of Christocentric art

1. General regulations

1.1. This regulation defines the goals and objectives of the I-st Biennale of Christocentric art (hereinafter-the Biennale), sets the order and terms of its holding. The Biennale also includes a Competition with the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk. This Regulation specifies the rules for submitting applications for the Competition, the rules for selecting works, and determining the winners.

1.2. Objectivity and the principle of equal opportunities for all participants are guaranteed by expert assessments and high qualification of the Competition’s jury members.


2. The founders and organizers of the Biennale

2.1. The founder of the Biennale – Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

2.2. Cofounders of the Biennale – Ss Cyril and Methodius Institute of Post-Graduate Studies (the CMI), Charity Foundation “Cognition”, the Orthodox Portal “Jesus”.

2.3. Media partner – the Orthodox Portal “Jesus”.

2.4. The Chairman of the Biennale jury – Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

2.5. The Head of the Biennale organizing Committee – Nelli Titova.

2.6. The Partner of the Biennale – Embassy of Switzerland in Russia.

2.7. The Curator of the Biennale – Gor Chahal.

2.8. The Biennale’s Jury – Alexey Lidov, Gor Chahal, Irina Yazikova, Sergey Cujavsky.


3. The goals and objectives of the Biennale

3.1. The main tasks of the Biennale are enhancing, supporting, and promoting the creativity of contemporary Christocentric artists.

3.2. Other tasks of the Biennale are: the identification of new young artists in the field of Christocentric art and publishing a catalogue on the results of the Biennale, which provides a wide professional audience the opportunity to see the works of artists.


4. The participants of the Biennale and the Competition.

Professional artists working in all styles and directions are allowed to participate in the competition.


5. The organizational structure of the Biennale and the Competition

The following structure is created for the Biennale:

The Organizing Committee – provides organizational support for the Biennale and supports equality and respect for the rights of all participants of the Competition which is held within the framework of the Biennale.

The Jury - determines the best works of each round of the Competition.


6. Rights and obligations of the Organizing Committee and the Jury

6.1. The Organizing Committee provides organizational support for the events of the Biennale; it selects applications for taking part in the Biennale in accordance with the requirements for the work and the Competition’s rules established by this Regulation. Also it covers the progress of the Biennale on the official website of the event www.с

6.2. The Organizing Committee reserves all rights to publish works (images of paintings), to distribute photo and video materials for the coverage and promotion of the Biennale (without paying a fee, but with an indication of authorship).

6.3. The organizing Committee has the right to use the submitted works for the publication of the catalogue, while preserving the authorship of the participant.

6.4. The Organizing Committee provides conditions for the Jury’s working.

6.5. The Organizing Committee has the right to reject the application at any stage of consideration if the submitted work does not meet the requirements of this Regulation.

6.6. The Biennale’s jury is formed by the founders and organizers of the Biennale. The Jury consists of experts in the field of fine arts. The list of jury members will be published on the Competition website: www.с

6.7. The Jury evaluates the works submitted for the Competition, determines the participants of the Second (final) round of “The best young artist". The audience award is also presented.

6.8. The Jury has the right to award not all prizes, to divide the prizes among the contestants, and to establish special diplomas.

6.9. Each member of the Jury receives all the works allowed to participate in the Biennale for consideration. The voting form is closed.

6.10. The Jury evaluates the Competition’s entries using a 10-point system. Works are evaluated according to the following criteria: artistic level of the work, technique, emotional expressiveness, and originality of the work.

6.11. The decisions of the Competition’s Jury are not subject to review.


7. Requirements for the works participating in the Competition

7.1. Within the framework of the Сompetition individual author's works are reviewed and evaluated. The number of submitted works should not exceed 3 (three) pieces.

7.2. Works made in any technique of modern fine art are allowed.

7.3. Previously published works, as well as works that were previously awarded prizes in other competitions, are not allowed to participate in the Competition.


8. Order and terms of the Biennale and the Competition

8.1. Applications for participation in the Biennale are submitted in accordance with the Standing Order (article 9 of this Regulation) until November 15, 2020.

8.2. The Biennale is held in two rounds: the First – qualifying and the Second – final. In the second round, it is planned to hold an exhibition (review) with the performance of the best works selected for participation in the Biennale.

8.3. It is planned to publish on the official website of the Biennale video recordings and photos of all the Competition’s entries that were released in the second (final) round, for subsequent open audience voting.

8.4. All works submitted to the organizing Committee that meet the requirements for the work and the Competition rules established by this Regulation are allowed to participate in the First (qualifying) round of the Competition.

8.5. In the second (final) round, no more than 30 works are published. The Competition’s Jury has the right to select a smaller number of works.

Voting on submitted works is also carried out by means of "online" voting on the Internet.

8.6. The list of works that passed the second (final) round will be published no later than December 15, 2020 on the official website of the Competition.

8.7. Dates of the Biennale and Competition:

Submission of applications – October 15, 2020;

Publication of videos that have passed the second stage ...

Announcement of the winners and owners of the Biennale’s diplomas.......

Review (exhibition). Presentation of works by participants of the Biennale from March 14 to May 16, 2020, Moscow, the Patriarchal Chernigov metochion.


9. Standing order of the Competition

9.1. The Competition is held anonymously. The organizing Committee of the Competition undertakes to ensure the anonymity of participants during the competition tests. All information about the author of the work remains confidential until the Jury makes a decision.

9.2. The contestant has the right to submit no more than 3 (three) works for taking part in the Competition.

9.3. By December 15, participants of the Competition submit to the Organizing Committee by e-mail the following materials:

questionnaire (see Annex 1 for the form);

Works in PDF format. The title page should contain only the title of the work, not exceeding 30 characters.


10. Results of the Competition. Awards and prizes

10.1. The Jury determines the winners of the Competition.

10.2. The results of the Competition will be announced and published on the website on March 14, 2021.

10.3. The winners of the Competition are awarded with Diplomas of the competition.

10.4. The winners of the Competition are paid a monetary reward:

I prize – Grand Prix of the Biennale

II prize - Best young artist

Third prize – an audience sympathy prize

(Cash bonuses are paid in rubles with withholding taxes applicable on the territory of the Russian Federation)

10.5. All works that passed the second (final round) of the Biennale will be published in the final catalogue.

10.6. The Jury's decisions are not subject to review.


11. Other conditions

11.1. There is no entry fee for participation in the Competition.

11.2. The arrival and the presence of participants at all stages and events of the Competition is not required, and the organizing Committee does not pay for it.

11.3. The submission of an application for participation in the Competition is an evidence of the participant's consent to the free publication of works, conducting audio, video recordings and broadcasts using the works participating in the Competition.




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