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The Museum of History of Institute of Experimental Medicine

Address: Kamennoostrovsky Pr. 69-71
Metro: Gor’kovskaya, Tsernaya Rechka
Tel (812) 234-29-00
Museum hours: 10:00 – 17:00.
Closed: Saturday, Sunday

The Museum of History of Institute of Experimental Medicine was opened in 1990 to celebrate the centenary of the Research Institute of the Northwest Branch of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. Institute of Experimental Medicine is Russia’s oldest biomedical research venue, the first medical institute of the Russian Empire, one of the country’s leading research centers in the 20th century. 80 members and corresponding fellows of the Russian and USSR Academy of Sciences and Academy of Medical Sciences have been working in the Institute during its 125-year history; its research fellows have received numerous national and international awards. At present the Institute unites 12 branches and a clinic.

Museum display covers the history of the Institute from the moment it was founded by Prince Alexander Oldenburgsky up to the present day. The exhibition features artworks, sculptures, experiment schedules, scientists’ personal instruments, medical devices and their prototypes, as well as photos of the research fellows, various diagrams and graphs illustrating theory and practice of research. Visitors also find documents and pictures showing how medical science and biology led to major developments in natural sciences and illustrating their reciprocal influence. The Museum also incorporates three memorial offices that belonged to the Noble Prize Laureate in Physiology Ivan Pavlov, a famous pharmacologist and member of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences Sergei Anichkov, and Konstantin Bykov who was Pavlov’s pupil and also a member of the Academy. Another attraction is a special experimental camera in the Tower of Silence laboratory.

Beyond the Lower Nervous Activity Project

«Reflections on the scientist’s works on physiology and higher nervous activity inevitably forced me to create a large-scale sculptural group, a kind of hybrid chimera that would come alive. The robot installation is designed as an experiment to collect odd facts and fragmented documental records creating a universal visual image. Equipped with the 21st century technical solutions, this work will embody and weave a continuous structure made of Pavlov’s theoretical and practical discoveries, their continuity and development through time, as well as the scientist himself and the subjects of his experiments. The structure will also soak up the Museum’s actual exhibits, thus dissolving the border between historical preservation and modernity, reality and one more reality…»

(Dimitry Kavarga)

Dimitry Kavarga

Dimitry Kavarga was born in Moscow, he now lives and works in the Moscow area.
Kavarga has been participating in national and international exhibition since 1988.
He is one of Russia’s few artists to work in the field of technological arts. His most significant works of the latest period are based on the synthesis of art and science, and were created in cooperation with scientists, engineers and musicians. Kavarga’s interactive objects and installations involve the viewer feedback: his works produce noises with different frequencies, they vibrate and quake, toss and turn, pulsate and react to touch or rhythm. Dimitry Kavarga won the Monument contest for his project of a monument to Boris Yeltsin (Art4.ru, 2007), he was participant of the 2nd International Popular Science Festival – Life. Science Version (Dynasty Foundation, 2010), winner of the Art-Project contest in the Hybrid Media nomination at the International Symposium Pro&Contra (2011) and recipient of the Lexsus Hybrid Art Grant (2012).

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