Typography Center for Contemporary Art is a public space in Krasnodar opened in 2012 by ZIP group and arts patron Nikolai Moroz. Its work is based on principles of cooperation, participation, and transparency. The Typography team work to develop the city’s intellectual, art, and cultural scenes, support contemporary art in Krasnodar and the region, and create a platform for dialogue on contemporary issues.
The Center’s program includes exhibitions, education and research projects, and long-term research activities, which include the collection, preservation, and study of materials on contemporary art in Krasnodar and Krasnodar Krai.
Typography’s key education projects are Krasnodar Institute of Contemporary Art (KICA) and Curatorial Courses—School for Researchers and Organizers. KICA is a self-organized, horizontal initiative created in order to form, broaden, and educate the art community. It was founded by ZIP group in 2010 and later grew to become Typography Center for Contemporary Art. Curatorial Courses was launched in 2019 and offers professional training for curators working in contemporary art.
The Center’s exhibition program features solo and group exhibition by Russian and international artists and curators. A key task of the program is to support young artists based in Krasnodar and Krasnodar Krai, including by organizing their first solo exhibitions. Typography’s exhibitions and public program also foster cooperation with a range of institutions and foundations, create connections between art scenes in various cities and countries, and consolidate communities within Krasnodar.
In 2019 Typography moved to a new home in a building at the Factory of Measuring Instruments (known as ZIP, from which the art group takes its name).