Heritage in the Contemporary Context


20.10 - 17.11.2016

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Program: [Contemporary art and contemporary society]

North-Western Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA)
St. Petersburg PRO ARTE Foundation for Culture and Arts
The State Museum of the History of St Petersburg
Supported by
Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation
Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg
Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation

In the program of the 2nd St Petersburg Biennale of Museum Design


October 20 –November 17, 2016

  “Heritage in the Contemporary Context”

  Exhibition at the State Museum of the History of St Petersburg
(Peter and Paul Fortress, Poterna Exhibition Hall)

The exhibition is dedicated to contemporary museum architecture showing how 19th-20th century architectural monuments are being remodeled to house centers for contemporary art. The Exhibition features three projects for National Center for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) buildings in Nizhny Novgorod, Kaliningrad and Samara. In Nizhny Novgorod it took more than a decade to restore and refurbish the mid-19th century Arsenal building of the local Kremlin, and in 2015 Museum of the NCCA Volga-Vyatka Region Branch welcomed its first visitors. At present a tower and mansard of the Kronprinz barracks (mid-19th century) in Kaliningrad are being redeveloped and restored to house a new space for the NCCA Baltic Branch; the opening is scheduled for 2017. A restoration project has been developed for the unique Factory Kitchen constructivist building in Samara (1932) – the building will house the NCCA Central Volga Branch.

NCCA is a network institution that started working in Moscow in 1994 offering projects in contemporary art, and in 1995-2015 opened its branches in seven major cultural centers of Russia, such as St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Nizhnii Novgorod, Samara, Tomsk and Vladikavkaz.

Design: KHVOYA Architecture Bureau (St Petersburg)

KHVOYA Architecture Bureau is a small architectural studio founded in 2009 by three graduates of the Repin Academy of Fine Arts. In 2009-2014 the architects also worked at Studio 44 and AM-TRI studios, and since 2015 have been focusing on their own projects. The Bureau has set up Tikhy Chas creative association (www.quiet-time.ru) – a paper architecture project, and LES Architects Studio (www.lesarchitects.com) – a joint project with ARCHATAKA Studio.

Bureau members: Sergei Aksyonov, Georgy Snezhkin, Ilya Spiridonov

+ 7 (812) 332 13 47, www.ncca.ru/en – North-Western Branch of the NCCA
+7 (812) 233 00 40, proarte.ru/en/ – PRO ARTE Foundation
St Petersburg Biennale of museum design: spbmuseumdesign.ru/en

Address: Peter-and-Paul Fortress, “Postern and Casemate of the Gosudarev Bastion” exhibition center
Metro Station: Gorkovskaya
Museum Hours: Thursday-Monday 11 am – 7 pm, Tuesday 11 am – 6 pm
Closed: Wednesday
Ticket: 100 rub.
Tel.: (812) 230 64 31




2a, Glinki st, St Petersburg.  © National centre for contemporary arts. Developement [artinfo]. [Andrey Velikanov]'s design