The PRO ARTE Foundation
National Center for Contemporary Art, St.Petersburg Branch
with the support of Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg and Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation
announce the 11th Festival “Contemporary Art in Traditional Museum”
22 September – 14 October, 2012/ Saint-Petersburg
The festival opens on Saturday, 22 September at 12:00 p.m. at the Peter and Paul Fortress (Gosudarev bastion).
The 11th Contemporary Art in Traditional Museum Festival organized by PRO ARTE Foundation and the North-West Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts will take place from 22 September till 14 October 2012.
This is the first museum festival in St Petersburg; it was established in 2000. Each year several contemporary artists from Russia and abroad receive an opportunity to show their projects in large and small museums of the city. For three weeks the traditional museum spaces turn into contemporary art venues. Over the last 12 years 160 projects have been shown in 65 museums by artists from 10 countries.
Museum “Apartment of Arkhip Kuindji” takes participation in the festival “Contemporary art in Traditional Museum” for the second time. The museum recreates the atmosphere which many years surrounded a legendary master of the landscape. Arkhip Ivanovich Kuindji spent his last 13 years of life in this house. Nowadays the artist’s studio represents an exhibition devoted to his pedagogical activities in the Academy of Arts, where he worked as a Professor of the landscaping and manager of the studio from 1894 till 1897during which he was able to bring up a galaxy of original artists.
Rostan Tavasiev (born in 1976) is a Moscow-based artist known for a number of touching art projects, such as teddy rabbits and bears of various colours and sizes. He has even founded his own art movement, that is ‘postelkism in hippopotamography’(postlosizm v begemotopisi). Over the last 11 years the artist has had more than 10 solo shows and a number of group exhibitions in Russia, Italy, France, UK, USA, and the United Arab Emirates.
The project “Issues of the Landscape”
A birch tree stretched out as a model on a couch at the artist’s studio behind an easel—that is how the Landscape Issues installation looks like. The birch tree is soft and plush just like the artist’s favourite characters, a teddy bear and an elephant. The artist puzzles the viewer with such serious questions as the role of landscape in modern art, the interaction of the today’s world with nature, or less serious—like “why is it that we can see a lot of toy animals and even flowers but never toy trees?”
Address: Birzhevoi pereulok, 1/10, flat 11
Metro: “Vasileostrovskaya”, “Sportivnaya”
Tel.: (812) 323 – 31- 33
Museum hours: 12:00 – 17:00
Closed: Monday, Tuesday, Thursdaу, Sunday
Entrance ticket: 100 roubles
On 22 and 23 September 2012 there will be free bus links between the festival museums. During the festival museums will offer free admission for all who have a festival map.
Info tel. + 7 (812) 233 00 40, 233 05 53;