Arseny Zhilyaev (b. 1984, Voronezh, USSR) is a Venice-based former of gatherings, exhibitions, quests, and scripts for (future) histories, employing a variety of artistic practices. His projects often take shape of (para)fictional institutions and use museum as their medium. Zhilyaev plays roles in the Institute for Mastering of Time and the Institute of the Cosmos, while following reflections of the Museum of Museums in the lagoon. The artistic works have been shown at the Manifesta in Marseille, the biennales in Shanghai, Gwangju, Liverpool, Lyon, Riga, Thessaloniki and Ljubljana Triennale as well as at the exhibitions at Centre Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo (Paris); de Appel (Amsterdam); HKW (Berlin); Kadist Art Foundation (Paris and San Francisco); GAM (Turin), MAMbo (Bologna). Zhilyaev graduated from Voronezh State University (2006); Moscow Institute of Contemporary Art (2008); and MA International Program, Valand School of Fine Arts, Gothenburg, Sweden (2010). He is a professor at NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti) in Milan who gave lectures and master classes at MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, Bard Graduate Center, CUNY (New York); Tate Modern, Whitechapel (London); Princeton University (New Jersey). Zhilyaev is an editor of an anthology Avant-Garde Museology (e-flux, University of Minnesota Press, V-a-c Press, 2015) and publishes articles on e-flux and in Moscow Art Magazine. His works are in the collections of Tate Modern (London); M HKA, Museum (Antwerp); Kadist Art Foundation (Paris, San Francisco); MSU (Zagreb).