Complex Issues

Exhibition of work by young St. Petersburg artists at the Diaghilev Museum of Contemporary Art

Exhibition curator Natalia Khvoenkova

Participating artists: Marina Vinnik, Ilya Grishaev, Sasha Zubritzkaya, Anastasiya Kizilova, Asya Marakulina, Alyona Tereshko, Leonid Tskhe

“Complex Issues” is the exhibition of work by young St. Petersburg artists. The famous phrase by Sergei Diaghilev from his major article “Complex Issues” has been taken as an epigraph to this exhibition: “A work of art is important not by itself, but only as an expression of the creator’s personality.”

The artists whose work’s vector is often aimed at themselves and who develop their personal stories into their artistic strategy were invited to take part in the exhibition. The exhibition presents personal “portraits” of young artists living and working in St. Petersburg, and it attempts to analyze the range of young authors’ issues of concern. Among the participants are the graduates of the St Petersburg “School for the Young Artists”. “School for the Young Artists” is a joint project of the North-Western Branch of NCCA and the St. Petersburg PRO ARTE Foundation. The program aims to develop young artists’ creative potential and critical thinking, establish a playground for their professional communication and support their new art projects. Since the program’s inception in 2000, more than 120 young artists from 10 Russian cities have taken part in the program.

Diaghilev Museum of Contemporary Art at the St. Petersburg State University


Dyaghilev Museum of Contemporary Art was founded in 2008 at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences by the St.Petersburg University Professor Tatiana Yurieva on the basis of the Dyaghilev Center of Arts – an NGO started by Yurieva in 1990.

Dyaghilev Center of Arts arranged over a hundred exhibitions at various venues including Museum of St. Peterburg History, Theater Museum, Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts, Manezh Exhibition Hall . The Center also arranged exhibitions of contemporary Petersburg art in Hamburg, New York, Paris presenting artists Anatloy Zaslavsky, Felix Volosenkov, Anatoly Vasiliev, Evgeny Orlov, Oleg Yakhnin, Natalia Tsekhomskaya, Alexandr Gerasimov, Zaven Arshakuni, Nina Kazimova, Mikhail Karasik, Valery Mishin, Levon Lazarev and others. In 1999 the Center donated its unique collection of contemporary art to the St. Petesrburg State University.

Dyaghilev Museum of Contemporary Art is run by true devotees, curators and artists – its permanent circle embracing approximately a hundred artists. One of the Museum’s most well-known projects is the Baltic Biennale.

Adress: 11, Leytenanta Schmidta nab., St.Petersburg State University
Metro: Sportivnaya, Admiralteyskaya
Tel.: +7 (921) 363 10 77
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 13.00-18.00
Closed: Sunday-Monday
Admission free