The 11th festival

“Contemporary Art in the Traditional Museum”

PRO ARTE Foundation
North-West Brach of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts
supported by
Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg Government
Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation

Shows of contemporary artists from Russia, Germany, Canada, and Finland in St Petersburg Museums.

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 the 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. Some of the shows have become widely known, such as the “Antarctic Mission” (45 penguins placed on the Arctic and Antarctic Museum), “Observatory” (10 projects in the Pulkovo Observatory), the “Complaints Choir of St Petersburg”.

The artists participating in the 11th “Contemporary Art in the Traditional Museum” come from Russia, Germany, Canada, and Finland. The upcoming shows include a science art project “Tissue Culture Point of View” by Tugny Duff (Canada), a video installation “Mirroring the Musée” by Adad Hannah (Canada), and “Light Bulb Song” by artist and musician Michael Vorfeld (Germany). The Metro Museum will host an exhibition of about 100 maps of underground embroidered by Heidi Hankaniemi (Finland). The Peter and Paul fortress and Poterna Exhibition Hall will show “Metropolis”, an installation made from urban litter by Vladimir Seleznev (Russia).

The festival begins on Saturday, 22 September at 12:00 p.m. with the New Circus RACE HORSE COMPANY (Finland);

The opening days (22-23 September 2012) will feature an audio and visual performance “Light Bulb Song” at the Museum of Optics;

There is a special biking itinerary linking all participating museums;

Lectures, performances, a video installation and a concert will be held at PRO ARTE in terms of the parallel program;

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; festival@proarte.ru 

The festival projects have been supported by:
The Finnish Institute in St Petersburg, State Museum of History of St Petersburg,
Consulate General of Israel in St. Petersburg, German Cultural Center Goethe Institut within the framework of the cross-year Germany-Russia.

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