Art Director of the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art
Joseph Backstein is the Art Director of the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. From 1991 he was Director of the Moscow Institute of Contemporary Art, and in 2003 was appointed Head of the Contemporary Art Department of the Russian Institute of Cultural Research.
Mr Backstein Holds a PhD in philosophy from the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Sociology and is a member of the International Association of Art Critics. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Gothenburg (Sweden), and is a member correspondent for the Russian Academy of Arts. He is the author of numerous publications on contemporary art.