Yearly Archives: 2015

Projects

Facts & Fictions

Central festival exhibition

You are invited to start your journey around the festival museums in the Peter and Paul Fortress at the Facts & Fictions exhibit in the Poterna exhibition hall.

 

This if the central exhibition of the festival and it unites all museum projects in one space presenting art objects, so called “quotations” from the museum projects, specially created by the artists for the show in Poterna.

 

Besides the “quotations” here you can see a special project created by the Parsons School of Design in New York alumni curated by Thomas Werner. This project is about seven museums participating in the festival.

The State Museum of the History of St Petersburg Peter and Paul Fortress, Poterna Exhibition Hall

 

The State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg is one of the biggest Russian historical museums, its collection totaling up to 1,5 million objects. The museum tells the history of the city since its foundation in 1703 till nowadays. The Museum is situated in the Peter and Paul Fortress and also has seven branches all over the city.

The Peter and Paul Fortress is architectural and historical center of St. Petersburg. The fortress was built to protect the Neva lands that were won from the Swedes during the Northern War (1700 – 21). During two centuries main St. Petersburg prison was located in the wall and casemates of this Fortress. Poterna (underground passway) and casemate are situated in the Gosudarev Bastion, the first one in the Peter and Paul Fortress, where the original bricklaying of the 18th century has been preserved. Now the impressive space of the Poterna passway is used for the museum temporary exhibits.

 

Address: Peter and Paul Fortress, Gosudarev Bastion

Closest metro station: Gorkovskaya, Sportivnaya

Tel.: +7 (812) 230 6431

Museum hours:

September, 23-30: Monday-Sunday 10:00–20:00

Since October, 1: Monday-Sunday 10:00–19:00

Projects

THE THREADS THAT BIND

Project by Parsons School of Design, New York

“The Threads That Bind is an exhibition that surveys seven traditional museums in the Petrograd region of Saint Petersburg that together provide a historical overview of the moral, social, and economic imperatives of Russia’s last 100 years. During this period leaders have changed, belief systems evolved, wars have occurred, and economies risen and fallen, but the constant has been the role of the Russian people. They have provided strength and stability during times of transformation, and their profound respect for Russia’s cultural history and a deep knowledge of the innovators who comprise it has been a source of pride for generations. As opposed to focusing solely on the powerful, rich, and famous who generally constitute a historical narrative we have utilized this context to frame the people who are the keepers of Russian culture and it’s dialog. These are the curators, conservators, collectors, administrators, and docents who have dedicated lifetimes of oft unrecognized service so that others may learn from Russia’s social, political, and cultural past. Though socio-cultural history may be defined by disruptive moments, it endures through the constant effort of individuals.”

Thomas Werner

Parsons School of Design in New York, USA

Parsons School of Design in New York is the worlds #2 ranked university of art and design. Our diverse community of students and faculty explores multiple sites and scales of engagement, from on-campus research initiatives to partnerships that bring about change in New York and in the world. As part of The New School, Parsons shares an institutional vision that aligns with shifts in the global economy, society, and environment, which animate our mission and our values of creativity, innovation, social engagement, and a desire to challenge the status quo.

 

The Threads That Bind was created by Parsons School of Design in New York Photography Alumni, Fan Chen, Therese Ohrvall, Jessica Richmond, Media Studies Alumni Diana Khong, and faculty member Thomas Werner who served as curator and photographer.

                                                                                                                                               

Thomas Werner

Thomas is the author of the upcoming book The Fashion Image for Bloomsbury Press, London (Jan 2018), and an Editor at Large for IRKmagazine, a Paris based fashion and culture magazine and web site. An Assistant Professor and past Photography Program Director at Parsons School of Design in New York, Thomas currently lectures internationally on topics of photography, fashion, education, and contemporary professional practices. He is also the former owner of Thomas Werner Gallery in Manhattan’s Chelsea Art District, and recently lead a team developing a media and literacy web site and resource center in five languages, Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic and English for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations/UNESCO. Werner has worked with the Department of State on cultural projects in Russia, and been a photography consultant for COACH and Rodale Publishing, among others. He is a recurrent instructor at the United Nations Education First Summer School, and is presenting workshops on effective message development and visual communication on an international basis.

 

Over the last 9 years his research work has been Russia centric spending an average of 70 days a year there partnering with 32 cultural, educational, and governmental organizations to develop projects in 29 cities. The focus has been the introduction of contemporary education methodologies, and the development of creative cultures within the country. Russian partners have included; The State Hermitage Museum, the National Center of Contemporary Art, Perm Regional Government, The Moscow Biennale for Young Art, National Centre of Photography for the Russian Federation, The Central State Archive of Film, Photographic and Phonographic Documents, The Pro Arte Foundation, and others. He has curated exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including seven co-curated exhibitions at the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. His private collection of Russian photographs and artifacts, have been exhibited internationally.

 

Fan Chen

Growing up in the bustling street of New York City, Fan Chen is an artist who is interested in telling stories through found objects and spaces. In 2011, Fan Chen began her undergraduate studies at Parsons School of Design. In the photography program, she explored the integration of manual photographic processes with digital and motion technologies. In 2015, Fan Chen completed her thesis project, Matter, in which she collected plastic water bottles from public spaces within New York City. Her obsession with the found material evolved into using the bottles to create plastic sculptures. These sculptures were then reinstalled back into the public spaces in which they were found. Currently, Fan Chen works out of her studio in Brooklyn, creating photographic works for both commercial and exploratory purposes. Her work can be found in various online publications like Bustle, Refinery29, Buzzfeed and Time Magazine.

                                                       

Diana Khong

Diana Khong received her MBA from Toronto’s York University and completed a Master’s program in Media Studies at The New School in New York. She has had extensive experience in creating media and communications projects within non-profit organizations supporting underserved communities. Diana has held a number of advising, managerial and consulting roles for arts and cultures organizations including: TIFF, Hot Docs and Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York. She has also served on the Board of Directors for one of Canada’s most distinguished live theater companies. Since arriving in New York, Diana has fully immersed herself in filmmaking and recently finished production of her debut documentary film.

 

Jessica Richmond

Jess Richmond received her BFA in photography from Parsons the New School for Design in New York City. Her work is primarily focused on personal documentary and self-portraiture. Richmond’s photographs have been the subject of exhibitions at Foley Gallery (New York, 2016), Division Gallery (Toronto, 2016), Milk Gallery (New York, 2016) and Sundaram Tagore Gallery (New York, 2015). Her work was awarded the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward award on behalf of the United States in 2016. She was also the youngest recipient of both PDN’s Curator Award as well as Surface Magazine’s Avant Guardian Award. Her photographs gave appeared in publications including The New York Times, Huffington Post, Vice, Harper’s Bazaar China, GUP Magazine, and Fast Company. Her commercial clients include Penguin Random House Publishing, Carolina Herrera, Casio, and Microsoft. She currently lives and works in New York.

 

Therese Öhrvall

Therese Öhrvall lives and works in New York City. A native Swede growing up in Colombia and Spain, Therese started photographing from a young age inspired by her mother, also a photographer. Öhrvall’s clients include TIME Magazine, W Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Times, Wired, Refinery29, amongst others. Öhrvall’s work resides between portraiture and fashion, many times combining Swedish cinematographic references with American popular culture and symbolisms.

 

The State Museum of the History of St Petersburg, Peter and Paul Fortress, Poterna Exhibition Hall

The State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg is one of the biggest Russian historical museums, its collection totaling up to 1,5 million objects. The museum tells the history of the city since its foundation in 1703 till nowadays. The Museum is situated in the Peter and Paul Fortress and also has seven branches all over the city.

The Peter and Paul Fortress is architectural and historical center of St. Petersburg. The fortress was built to protect the Neva lands that were won from the Swedes during the Northern War (1700 – 21). During two centuries main St. Petersburg prison was located in the wall and casemates of this Fortress. Poterna (underground passway) and casemate are situated in the Gosudarev Bastion, the first one in the Peter and Paul Fortress, where the original bricklaying of the 18th century has been preserved. Now the impressive space of the Poterna passway is used for the museum temporary exhibits.

 

Address: Peter and Paul Fortress, Gosudarev Bastion

Closest metro station: Gorkovskaya, Sportivnaya

Tel.: +7 (812) 230 6431

Museum hours:

September, 23-30: Monday-Sunday 10:00–20:00

Since October, 1: Monday-Sunday 10:00–19:00

Projects

SPACE REFUGEE

Project by Halil Altindere at the Museum of Cosmonautic and Rocketry

Halil Altindere’s project Space Refugee addresses the flows of refugees, a truly global issue, in an extensive project composed of several ensembles of works, which are partly on show in the context of the 2017 festival Contemporary Art in Traditional Museums. Framing an ironic response to the pervasive negative attitudes and racist stereotypes with which large parts of the European population view the refugees from areas ravaged by war and terror, Space Refugee proposes a sanctuary for refugees in outer space, reached by a fictional Palmyra space mission.

The presentation in the Museum of Cosmonautics includes virtual reality video that lets visitors journey through space to the planet Mars: the image displayed by the VR headset adapts to the wearer’s movements, and integration of footage shot with an actual camera into the VR video makes for a highly immersive experience—the viewer might almost think he or she is actually hurtling through outer space.

Halil Altındere (Turkey)

Halil Altındere was born in Mardin, Turkey, in 1971 and lives in Istanbul. He participated in numerous important international exhibitions including the Berlin Biennale, São Paulo Biennial, Istanbul Biennial, Sharjah Biennial, and documenta 12 in Kassel. His art is informed by post-national concepts of hybridity and diversity and committed to progressive social and political change in Turkey. Some works also reflect on processes of exclusion in the Western-dominated art world and the neurotic feelings of marginality they inspire.

 

Museum of Cosmonautic and Rocketry named after V.P.Glushko

Museum of Cosmonautic and Rocketry, a branch of the State Museum of the History of St Petersburg, is located in Ioannovsky ravelin of the Peter and Paul Fortrress built in the first half of the 18th century. There in 1930’s the first in the USSR experimental and gas dynamic laboratory on constructive design of rocket engines was based. The museum was opened in 1973, it was named after Valentin Petrovich Glushko, a Soviet engineer and designer of rocket engines.

 

 

The exposition reflects the history of the gas dynamics laboratory providing a background of the development of national rocket engine building and space exploration. In the museum you can see real engines for Vostok, Soyuz, Proton carrier rockets, trigger mechanism of a spaceship Soyuz-16, the models of the samples of rocket and space technique, the original equipment and garments of cosmonauts — protective suits, heat-proof suits, you can also watch a video about the history of space exploration.

 

Address: Peter and Paul Fortress, Ioannovsky ravelin

Closest metro station: Gorkovskaya, Sportivnaya

Tel.: +7 (812) 230 6431

Museum hours: Thursday – Tuesday

23-30 September 11:00-19:00, starting from the 1st October 11:00-18:00

Closed: Wednesday

Projects

TRUE FICTION

Project by the School for Young Artists in the museum of the Political History of Russia, curator Stanislav Savitsky

Supported by the North-Western Branch of the National Center for Contemporary Art – ROSIZO

 

We often learn about the past events not from the historical documents and sources but from the novels by Walter Scott or books by Yuri Tynyanov – a writer whose writings shaped the minds of several generations of the Soviet people. Another example would be the famous episode from the film by Sergey Eisenshtein Battleship Potemkin where the storm of the Winter Palace during the October Revolution of 1917 is shown: created as a spectacular film episode it became a part of the school history program.

 

The exhibition in the Kshesinskaya Mansion of the Museum of the Political History of Russia is dedicated to myths, fictions and legends that are perceived by many people as historical facts. Inspired by widespread historical myths and legends, young artists created new stories that might one day come true.

Graduates of The PRO ARTE Foundation’s School for Young Artists, curator Stanislav Savitsky (Russia, St.Petersburg)

The exhibition is curated by Stanislav Savitsky, curator and art critic, Ph.D. in art history, associate professor at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of the St Petersburg State University.

 

Participants of the exhibition – graduates of The PRO ARTE Foundation’s School for Young Artists: Vadim Komissarov, Natalia Tikhonova, Daria Taran, Veronika Rudieva-Ryazantseva, Alexander Tsikarishvili, Vadim Zaitsev, Alexander Androsov, Leonid Tskhe, and Vera Svetlova.

 

School for Young Artists is an educational program designed for young artists, students of art universities and colleges and creative young people dealing with contemporary art. 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 2000 more than 110 young artists from different Russian cities took part in the program.

The State Museum of the Political History of Russia

The State Museum of the Political History of Russia was founded in 1919. It reflects political, economic, and social life of Russian society of the 19th – 21st centuries. The Museum is situated in two historical buildings in the city center – Kshesinkaya and Brandt’s mansions. The Museum’s collection totals more than 500 000 objects. A remarkable part of the collection is a unique gathering of posters, bills and slogans of the end of the 19th – 20th centuries; collection of propaganda porcelain of the 1920s and collection of Revolutionary banners of 1917.
The museum’s collection of materials about political parties represent virtually the entire political spectrum of modern Russia including the federal and regional level. The collection also includes materials on the activities of state and party leaders, community leaders, members of both houses of Russian parliament, the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region and many other subjects of the Russian Federation.

 

Address: 2-4, Kuibysheva ulitsa

Closest metro station: Gorkovskaya

Tel.: +7 (812) 233-7052

Museum hours: Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday 10:00-18:00

Wednesday and Friday 10:00-20:00

Closed: Thursday and the last Monday of month (closed on 25th September)

 

Projects

KIROV STREET

Project by Mariya Andryushchenko, Anna Kondratieva and Nigina Sharopova for the Sergey Kirov Museum

The curators group Mariya Andryushchenko, Anna Kondratieva and Nigina Sharopova created a research project especially developed for the Sergei M. Kirov Museum in St. Petersburg. The project examines a wide spread phenomenon in times of political change and takeovers: the renaming of streets, in the given case the naming and renaming of the Kirov street.

 

 

Sergei M. Kirov (1886-1934) was a prominent early Bolshevik leader in the Soviet Union and became head of the CPSU organization in Leningrad, before he was killed by a gunman at his offices in the Smolny. The project consists of three different parts: One is a card-filling system that is dedicated to (still-existing) Kirov streets in ca. 300 Russian cities with more than 50 thousand inhabitants. The filing cards contain short information about the history of these streets and their renaming. The second part of the project is a shelf containing 5 different albums designed in a Soviet manner and containing photographs, newspaper clippings, postcards and notes about Kirov streets in 5 Russian cities. The third part of the project contains vitrines with everyday objects of symbolical meaning that relate to stories in the albums.

Mariya Andryushchenko, Anna Kondratieva and Nigina Sharopova (Russia, Moscow)

The group of curators Mariya Andryushchenko, Anna Kondratieva and Nigina Sharopova was founded in 2016 on the basis of a common friendship and a shared interest in the research of contemporary cultural processes. The different professional orientations (curatorship, museum design, and philosophy) enable a multi-layered artistic narrative.

Mariya Andryushchenko is an art-critic and curator. She is a graduate of the Art Criticism and Curatorial Research program of the St Petersburg State University/Bard College. She was a co-curator of the exhibition corpus|media in the framework of the festival 101 at the Aleksandrovsky Theater in St. Petersburg (2015) and curator of the exhibition .txt at the Gogol House in Moscow (2016).

Anna Kondratieva is a culturologist and a museum designer. She currently works at the Museum of the History of the GULAG in Moscow. She graduated from the Russian Academy for National Economy and Public Service and received her master degree in Visual Culture from the National Research University Higher School of Economics. She worked at the Moscow Branch of Ralph Appelbaum Associates (projects Museum of Moscow Transport System, Museum of Russian Emigration and others).

Nigina Sharopova is a philosopher and a culturologist. She graduated from the Philosophical faculty of the Institute for Philosophy at the Russian Academy of Science and received her master degree in Visual Culture from the National Research University Higher School of Economics. She is a research assistant at the Institute for Philosophy at the Russian Academy of Science / Sector of aesthetics.

Sergei Kirov Museum

The Sergei Kirov Museum is located in the historic center of St. Petersburg, in 26-28 Kamennoostroovsky зrospect. This tenement house, one of the biggest in pre- Revolutionary St. Petersburg, was commissioned for “The First Russian Insurance Society”. It was built in 1911 -1914 by Leontiy, Alexander, Yuliy Benois, and Alexander Gunst. After the 1917 Revolution, the best apartments were given to the local Party leaders, and Sergei Kirov, who headed the Leningrad Communist Party organization from 1926 to 1934 was one of them. In 1955 the #20 apartment he had shared with his wife, Maria Markus, was turned into a museum.

 

The Sergei Kirov Museum is one of the most unique monuments of the Stalin epoch. Apart from five living rooms with authentic interiors visitors get a chance to view two halls, a bathroom and a kitchen; the homemaker’s room features an interactive game “Beri Chto Dayut” (Beggars Can’t Be Choosers), which gives an idea of the Soviet coupon system of the 1920-30s. In the Museum cinema-hall visitors can also watch archive newsreels of the first five-year-plans, early Soviet cartoons and films that give a better idea about social, economic, political, and cultural aspects of Leningrad and daily life of a Party leader in the 1920-1930s.

 

 

Address: 26-28, Kamennoostroovsky prospect

Closest metro stations: Petrogradskaya, Gorkovskaya

Tel.: +7 (812) 346 – 0289

Museum hours: Thursday –Tuesday 11:00-18:00

Closed: Wednesday

 

 

 

Projects

TUNNEL

Project by Rostan Tavasiev for the Sergey Kirov Museum

Rostan Tavasiev was born in 1976 in Moscow where the artist is based until today. His work is characterized by the use of soft toys, mainly toy rabbits and elephants that are the main protagonists in his installations and paintings.

For the section of the Sergei Kirov Museum that is devoted to childhood in the pre-war years of the Soviet Union, he developed a new installation, entitled Tunnel. The work consists of a toy train track installed in the shape of a circle that includes an invisible tunnel with two open books marking the entrance into / exit out of the tunnel on each side. On the one edge of the tunnel three toy carriages with blue bears as passengers are about to enter the tunnel.

The use of toys in international contemporary art is relatively widespread. Artists such as Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons, Annette Messager or Takashi Murakami use toys in order to blur the line between high and low, between elitist and mass culture, sometimes criticizing the omnipotent commercialization in our global world, sometimes referring to childhood traumas or the uncanny.

In his paintings, Tavasiev replaced the paintbrush by a soft toy and created his own movement in painting: postmoosernism of hippopoart. He brings back a certain sentiment that the toys’ childlike characteristics give rise to: compassion, emotion, and empathy – in order to raise existential questions that he describes for his work Tunnel: “From book to book there is an invisible tunnel. But how to understand, how long it is? How much time we need to understand? How can a book influence space and time? How ideas in books can influence a generation?”

Rostan Tavasiev (Russia, Moscow)

Tavasiev is a 2014 Innovation Prize nominee and exhibited in Russia and internationally in the following institutions (selection): State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow; Moscow Museum of Modern Art; Zverev Art Center, Moscow; Sakharov Museum, Moscow; ICA Moscow; CCA, Grozny; Museum Center, Krasnoyarsk; Russian Academy of Arts Museum, St. Petersburg; Bass Museum of Art, Miami; National Academy of Art, Sofia; Maison Rouge, Paris, and participated in the IX International Krasnoyarsk Biennale, the I Moscow International Biennale for Young Art and the I Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art.

Sergei Kirov Museum

 

The Sergei Kirov Museum is located in the historic center of St. Petersburg, in 26-28 Kamennoostroovsky зrospect. This tenement house, one of the biggest in pre- Revolutionary St. Petersburg, was commissioned for “The First Russian Insurance Society”. It was built in 1911 -1914 by Leontiy, Alexander, Yuliy Benois, and Alexander Gunst. After the 1917 Revolution, the best apartments were given to the local Party leaders, and Sergei Kirov, who headed the Leningrad Communist Party organization from 1926 to 1934 was one of them. In 1955 the #20 apartment he had shared with his wife, Maria Markus, was turned into a museum.

 

The Sergei Kirov Museum is one of the most unique monuments of the Stalin epoch. Apart from five living rooms with authentic interiors visitors get a chance to view two halls, a bathroom and a kitchen; the homemaker’s room features an interactive game “Beri Chto Dayut” (Beggars Can’t Be Choosers), which gives an idea of the Soviet coupon system of the 1920-30s. In the Museum cinema-hall visitors can also watch archive newsreels of the first five-year-plans, early Soviet cartoons and films that give a better idea about social, economic, political, and cultural aspects of Leningrad and daily life of a Party leader in the 1920-1930s.

 

Address: 26-28, Kamennoostroovsky prospect

Closest metro stations: Petrogradskaya, Gorkovskaya

Tel.: +7 (812) 346 – 0289

Museum hours: Thursday –Tuesday 11:00-18:00

Closed: Wednesday

 

Projects

MATYUSHIN’S GREENHOUSE

Project by Art Group Sever-7 for the Museum of the Petersburg Avant-garde (Matyushin House)

The project of artist group Sever-7 assumes that the Museum of the Petersburg Avant-garde (Matyushin House), a beautiful timber house, is oscillating between reality and illusion, between original and replica. Originally built in 1840s or 1850s, the house survived the Siege of Leningrad: a special order preserved it from being pulled down for firewood. In 1987, the original house was taken apart and rebuilt from new wood. After a fire in 1990 and many later setbacks it was rebuilt again and reopened in 2006.

 

Inspired by the extra-ordinary fate of the house and by the work of its residents Mikhail Matyushin and Elena Guro, Sever-7 creates its own version of the Avant-garde artists’ world: Animated by the Organic School of the Russian Avant-garde, the group builds a greenhouse in the garden of the museum that can be accessed by the public. Inside a number of tree root sculptures “grow” directly out of the ground, partly original exhibits from Matyushin‘s oeuvre, partly works by the group. In afflatus to the new theories of color in painting by Matyushin, the tree root sculptures are illuminated in various colors. The entire installation is accompanied by a sound installation of Sever-7 that is based on Elena Guro’s poetry.

Art group Sever-7

In 2013, artist Aleksandr Zikarishvili (born in 1983 in St. Petersburg) founded the group Sever-7 in St. Petersburg that exists in various constellations. Eight members (Anna Andrzhievskaya, Petr Dyakov, Sasha Zubrickaya, Nestor Xarchenko, Oleg Xmelev, Aleksandr Zikarishvili, Leonid Cex and Nestor Engelke) participated in their first exhibition. While each of the artists has his/her own individual work, as a collective the group experiments with various media, including performative practice. From 2013 till 2015 the group had its base at Nikolsky alley and realized a number of collective projects there, including Tower (in the framework of the parallel program of Manifesta 10), Flowers and Fruits (of the female members of Sever-7), Axe Work (dedicated to wood sculptures), Pornofaktura, Animalistika, and The absence of the artist (supported by the Smoly Institute) as the closing event of Sever-7’s physical base. Also, personal exhibitions by the group’s members were realized. For the 2015 Museum Night in St. Petersburg, Sever-7 realized the performance-spectacle The Hunting of the Snark at the Matyushin Museum. Sever-7’s project for the festival at Matyushin’s House was created by Zikarishvili, Engelke and Kirill Kanev.

 

Project Matyushin’s Greenhouse was created by: Alexander Tsikarishvili, Nestor Engelke and Nadezhda Gorokhova.

MUSEUM OF THE PETERSBURG AVANT-GARDE, MATYUSHIN HOUSE
Branch of the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg

Museum of the Petersburg Avant-garde, Matyushin House opened on December 20, 2006. It occupies a two-storey wooden house built in the middle of the 19th century. Mikhail Matyushin (1861-1934), an artist, musician and Avant-garde ideologist lived in it with his wife Elena Guro (1877-1913) who was a poet and an artist. Matyushin’s studio forms the heart of the museum.

Permanent display in Matyushin House Museum focuses on the main stages of the development of avant-garde culture in Russia and shows the diversity of St. Petersburg avant-garde art of the 1920s – 1930s. On display are memorabilia of the Matyushin’s family, paintings and drawings by Mikhail Matiushin, Elena Guro, Alexey Remizov, Nikolay Kulbin, Vladimir Sterligov and followers of Kazimir Malevich and Pavel Filonov; books, manifestos, brochures, photographs and other unique materials, related to the history and the evolution of the avant-garde movement in Russia.

The display consists of two sections: the first one is dedicated to avant-garde before and after 1917, and the second – memorial part – includes the reconstructed studio of Mikhail Matyushin and the room of Elena Guro.

 

Address: 10, Professora Popova ulitsa

Closest metro station: Petrogradskaya

Tel.: +7 (812) 347 – 6898

Museum hours: Thursday – Monday 11:00-17:00, Tuesday 11:00-17:00

Closed: Wednesday

Projects

UNTITLED SILENT (HEROES)

From the collection of the n.bk. Video-Forum
Project by Margarete Dreher at the Museum of the Petersburg Avant-garde (Matyushin House)

Margarete Dreher works in a variety of media and deals with aspects of minimal and concrete art. In her video Ohne Titel Ohne Ton (Heroes) on the monitor we see a slow flow of monochromatic color fields that gradually overlap – following the artist’s precise direction. With the video, Margarete Dreher does not only refer to her own practice of painting that is based on overlapping layers of paint but she also refers to the heroes of 20th century art such as Barnett Newman who is one of the main representatives of Abstract Expressionism (a movement in American painting that flourished in New York City after World War II. with a shared interest in using abstraction to convey strong emotional or expressive content), Ellsworth Kelley, a leading member of Hard-Edge-painting (a 1960s countermovement to Abstract Expressionism that is characterized by areas of flat color with sharp, clear (or ‘hard’) edges), and Yves Klein, an outstanding member of the French artistic movement of Nouveau réalisme (a group that tended to see the world as an image from which they could take parts and incorporate them into their works—as they sought to bring life and art closer together).

 

In Dreher´s video, the static images of color field painting are brought into movement. In the context of the festival, the work also can be seen in the context of the fundamental book The Laws of the Variability of Color Combinations (Zakonomernost’ izmenjaemosti cvetovych sočetanij) from 1932, developed by Michael Matyushin (1861 -1934) and his pupils.

 

Margarete Dreher (Germany)

Margarete Dreher was born in Calw, Germany in 1944 and lives in Berlin. From 1965 to 1969 she studied painting at the State Art Academy in Karlsruhe, Germany and from 1969 to 1972 at the Higher College of Visual Arts (HdK) in Berlin. She actively exhibited her works from 1968 on and started literary work from 1998 in parallel to her activity as a visual artist. Her works were shown at the following institutions: Kunstverein Hannover; Museum für Verkehr und Technik, Berlin; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; Frauenmuseum, Bonn; Berlinische Galerie; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein; Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen; Riga Art Museum; Manege, St. Petersburg, Kunst-Werke Berlin; Academy of Arts, Berlin; Malmö Art Hall and Mies van der Rohe Haus, Berlin. Her works have been included in the following permanent collections: Collection of the Federal Republic of Germany; Wilhelm-Hack-Museum Ludwigshafen; Foundation for Concrete Art, Reutlingen; Regional Council Stuttgart; Collection Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt; Artothek & Video-Forum at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein; Berlinische Galerie; Kupferstichkabinett SMPK, Berlin.

MUSEUM OF THE PETERSBURG AVANT-GARDE, MATYUSHIN HOUSE
Branch of the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg

Museum of the Petersburg Avant-garde, Matyushin House opened on December 20, 2006. It occupies a two-storey wooden house built in the middle of the 19th century. Mikhail Matyushin (1861-1934), an artist, musician and Avant-garde ideologist lived in it with his wife Elena Guro (1877-1913) who was a poet and an artist. Matyushin’s studio forms the heart of the museum.

Permanent display in Matyushin House Museum focuses on the main stages of the development of avant-garde culture in Russia and shows the diversity of St. Petersburg avant-garde art of the 1920s – 1930s. On display are memorabilia of the Matyushin’s family, paintings and drawings by Mikhail Matiushin, Elena Guro, Alexey Remizov, Nikolay Kulbin, Vladimir Sterligov and followers of Kazimir Malevich and Pavel Filonov; books, manifestos, brochures, photographs and other unique materials, related to the history and the evolution of the avant-garde movement in Russia.

The display consists of two sections: the first one is dedicated to avant-garde before and after 1917, and the second – memorial part – includes the reconstructed studio of Mikhail Matyushin and the room of Elena Guro.

 

Address: 10, Professora Popova ulitsa

Closest metro station: Petrogradskaya

Tel.: +7 (812) 347 – 6898

Museum hours: Thursday – Monday 11:00-17:00, Tuesday 11:00-17:00

Closed: Wednesday

Projects

FLAG / RE-ENACTMENT

Project by Anna Jermolaewa for the Museum of the History of Photography

FLAG / RE-ENACTMENT

Project by Anna Jermolaewa for the Museum of the History of Photography

 

Anna Jermolaewa was born in St. Petersburg in 1970 and has been based in Vienna since 1989. She works in a variety of media, including video, photography, and installation. Often her work is inspired by her own personal experience of migration and is focusing on political themes, historical processes and social structures in everyday life that she analyzes through her work. In the context of the festival, Anna Jermolaewa will present her photographic work Flag / Re-enactment. The source of inspiration for her work was Sergei Eisenstein’s famous silent film Battleship Potemkin (1925) produced by Mosfilm. The plot of the film is a free interpretation of the actual events of the 1905 revolution when the crew of the Russian battleship Potemkin rebelled against their officers. In the last chapter of the film, a red flag is hoisted as a symbol that the political system had changed. Eisenstein intentionally shot the scene with a white flag so he could later colorize it – frame by frame, 108 times – in revolutionary red. This technical clue and the aesthetically and symbolically striking element of the red flag in otherwise black-and-white scenes made Eisenstein internationally famous, the film is also considered one of the first color films in history. Jermolaewa used the 108 images of this particular scene from Eisenstein‘s film that the Deutsche Kinemathek / Museum für Film und Fernsehen in Berlin scanned for her in high resolution in order to repeat the act of colorizing. The term “re-enactment” in the title of Jermolaewa´s work refers to a practice in contemporary art that means “acting out a performance again, re-making it with all the sentiments and knowledge engendered by the initial event and the here and now. It differs from pure mimicry or quotation in that is often based on (collective and individual) memories and thus entails translation from one time to another, one narrative to another, one performer to another, and from one audience to another.”

Anna Jermolaewa (Russia – Austria)

Anna Jermolaewa (Russia – Austria)

Anna Jermolaewa was born in Saint Petersburg in 1970 and lives in Vienna. In recent years she has held solo exhibitions at Zachęta—National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2015); Moscow House of Photography (2013); Kunsthaus Graz (2012); Salzburger Kunstverein (2012); ICA—Institute of Contemporary Art Sofia (2011) and Kunstverein Friedrichshafen (2009). Her works have been included in the following permanent collections: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Friedrich Christian Flick Collection, Berlin; Kiasma—Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; mumok—Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna; Kontakt. The Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation, Vienna; Wien Museum, Vienna and Belvedere, Vienna. From 2005 to 2011, Anna Jermolaewa was professor for Media Art at the University of Arts and Design in Karlsruhe, Germany.

 

 

The Museum of the History of Photography

The Museum of the History of Photography

The Museum of the History of Photography was founded in St. Petersburg on 18 August, 2003. Its foundation was initiated by individuals as well as public institutions and its collection of photo equipment of the end of the 19th – 20th century is the biggest in Russia. The collection of the Museum was formed by several private collections covering different areas of interest. Among those the extensive collection of V.V.Platonov is worthy of special mention. Besides the two halls for permanent exhibition, the museum’s space includes rooms for temporary exhibitions, storage rooms and a library.
The museum visitors are invited to go for an excursion and attend master classes.