V–A–C was established in Moscow in 2009 by Leonid Mikhelson and Teresa Iarocci Mavica. Since its inception, the Foundation has aimed to reimagine the mechanisms for the production of art and knowledge. V–A–C explores new cultural territories together with artists, through projects that bypass disciplinary boundaries and question the hierarchy between experts and non-experts in local and global contexts, with the goal of experimenting with new languages for contemporary cultural processes. V–A–C seeks to create the conditions to facilitate greater interest and participation in culture and in the understanding of art.
Since the beginning, V–A–C has set out to explore the nature of museums, exhibitions and performative practices by presenting art projects in non-artistic spaces, working with museums of history and natural science, memorial museums, and urban public spaces. This resulted in an aspiration to rethink the traditional model of the Russian ‘house of culture’ as an institution capable of forming a polyphonic artistic landscape that places the public at the centre of its activities.