The 11th festival "Contemporary Art in the Traditional Museum"


22.09 - 14.10.2012, 10:00-00:00

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Program: [Contemporary art and contemporary society]

North-Western Brach of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts 
PRO ARTE Foundation
supported by
Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg Government
Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation


11th Contemporary Art in Traditional Museum Festival

22 September – 14 October 2012, St Petersburg

Shows of contemporary artists from Russia, Germany, Canada, and Finland in St Petersburg Museums.

The festival opens on Saturday, 22 September at 12:00 p.m. at the Peter and Paul Fortress (Gosudarev bastion).







The 11th Contemporary Art in Traditional Museum Festival organized by PRO ARTE Foundation and the North-West Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts will take place from 22 September till 14 October 2012.

This is the first museum festival in St Petersburg; it was established in 2000. Each year several contemporary artists from Russia and abroad receive an opportunity to show their projects in large and small museums of the city. For three weeks the traditional museum spaces turn into contemporary art venues.

Over the last 12 years 160 projects have been shown in 65 museums by artists from 10 countries. Some of the shows have become widely known, such as the "Antarctic Mission" (45 penguins placed on the Arctic and Antarctic Museum), "Observatory" (10 projects in the Pulkovo Observatory), the "Complaints Choir of St Petersburg".

The artists participating in the 11th "Contemporary Art in TraditionalMuseum" come from Russia, Germany, Canada, and Finland. The upcoming shows include a science art project "Tissue Culture Point of View" by Tugny Duff (Canada), a video installation "Mirroring the Musée" by Adad Hannah (Canada), and "Light Bulb Song" by artist and musician Michael Vorfeld (Germany). The Metro Museum will host an exhibition of about 100 maps of underground embroidered by Heidi Hankaniemi (Finland). The Peter and Paul fortress and Poterna Exhibition Hall will show "Metropolis", an installation made from urban litter by Vladimir Seleznev (Russia).

  • The festival begins on Saturday, 22 September at 12:00 p.m. with the New Circus RACE HORSE COMPANY (Finland).
  • The opening days (22-23 September 2012) will feature an audio and visual performance "Light Bulb Song" at the Museum of Optics;
  • There is a special biking itinerary linking all participating museums;
  • Lectures, performances, a video installation and a concert will be held at PRO ARTE in terms of the parallel program;  
  • On 22 and 23 September 2012 there will be free bus links between the festival museums. During the festival museums will offer free admission for all who have a festival map. (xcept the Palace Museum-Reserve Gatchina)


Further details can be found at the festival website

Info tel.  + 7 (812) 233 00 40, 233 05 53; 



State Museum of the History of St Petersburg. Peter and Paul Fortress, Poterna Exhibition Hall
Project: installation "Metropolis. St Petersburg" 
Artist: Vladimir Seleznev (Yekaterinburg)

Apartment Museum of Arkhip I. Kuindji
Project: installation "Issues of the Landscape"
Artist: Rostan Tavasiev (Moscow)

State Museum of Political History of Russia
Project: objects "Signs of the Time"
Artist: Vadim Komissarov (St Petersburg)
Project: object "Blocks"
Artist: Diana Vishnevskaya (St Petersburg)

Apartment Museum of Isaak I.Brodsky
Project: video installation "Mirroring the Musée"
Artist: Adad Hannah (Canada)

State Museum of Urban Sculpture
Project: photo-based project "Krasny Shturm: Materials"
Artist: Krasny Shturm (Red Storm) group (Vyborg)

Ivan P.Pavlov Memorial Apartment Museum 
Project: video installation "Tissue Culture Point of View"
Artist: Tugny Duff (Canada)

Saint Petersburg Metro Museum
Project: objects "Metro"
Artist: Heidi Hankaniemi (Finland-USA)

Saint Petersburg Museum of Optics
Project: installation "Light Bulb Song"
Artist: Michael Vorfeld (Germany)

A.S.Popov Central Museum of Communications
Project: object "Light of Losev"
Artist: Yuri Shevnin

Palace Museum-Reserve Gatchina
Project: photography installation "Marble 2"
Artist: Yury Molodkovets (St Petersburg)

The festival projects have been supported by
The Finnish Institute in St Petersburg, State Museum of History of St Petersburg,
Consulate General of Israel in St. Petersburg, Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation within the framework of the cross-year Germany-Russia. 

ISIC, Electra,, I-bike-spb

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