ARTMUZA Art Center
ARTMUZA is a new creative cluster located in the former “Muzdetal” musical instrument factory on the Vasilyevsky Island (St. Petersburg). Its total area covers 13,000 m2; the cluster gives home to several art galleries, design studios, advertising agencies, creative spaces, interior studios, business art institutes, as well as artists’ and sculptors’ studios. ARTMUZA features four galleries with total space of 2000 m2, and also serves as a venue for regular master-classes in art and design, and various lectures and seminars. At present over a hundred artists, architects, designers and art studios work on the cluster’s premises.
St Petersburg State University
Founded in 1724, St Petersburg State University is the oldest institution of higher education in Russia. During the 290 years of its existence, the University secured the right to be acknowledged as one of the best institutions of higher education in Russia – its rich history, modern large-scale research activities, development and innovations make the University ahead of the curve in the field of Russian science. At present, there are more than 32 000 students in the University, receiving education in more than 323 specialties in 24 faculties. The University’s staff comprises almost 14 000 people, including nearly 6 000 teachers who represent 289 academic departments.
St Petersburg State University is a major centre of the Russian science, education and culture enjoying a high international standing. Many higher education institutions of Europe, America, and Asia maintain contacts with St Petersburg State University, including the University of Cambridge (Great Britain), the University of Bologna (Italy), the Free University of Berlin, the University of Hamburg (Germany), Carleton University (Canada), the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands), the University of Stockholm (Sweden), the Municipal University of Osaka (Japan).
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.
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Smolny College) of St Petersburg State University
The first Department in Russia to be founded upon the principles of liberal education. It emerged from Smolny College (officially the Program in “Arts and Humanities”), which was created in 1996 by St Petersburg State University in close collaboration with Bard College (USA). Bard College’s interest in curricular innovation and the reform of international education coincided with the interests of a group of creatively-minded scholars from St Petersburg State University.
In the fall of 1997 the Smolny Center announced a program of open courses to be attended by students from SPSU and other St Petersburg universities. In view of the considerable number of students and professors who responded, showing great interest in liberal education, the Center was transformed into the Program “Arts and Humanities” (Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) in 1999. The Program accepted its first students in the 1999/2000 academic year. On February 28th, 2011, the Academic Council of St Petersburg State University voted to create the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia
The Rodchenko Art School (Moscow) was founded in 2006. The School is a part of the Multimedia Centre of Actual Arts incorporating the Moscow House of Photography and the Multimedia Art Museum and established by the Department of Culture and Education of the City of Moscow. The main 3-years educational program of the Rodchenko Art School is based on the experience of the leading international photography and art schools such as ICP (New York), ENSP (Arles) and others and is inspired by the Russian Avant-garde Art and Technical schools. The School aims to provide students with sufficient knowledge in fields of classic and digital photography, video, post-production and editing of images and media, to introduce students to the history and theory of photography, media and contemporary art, to assist students in selecting a field of specialization (documentary, art photography, video art, new media art, sound art, object, sculpture, installation).