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Street Art Museum in Saint Petersburg
January 28, 2016 15:56

Artists' reflections on the role of modern fine arts in densely populated urban environment.
The museum takes the area of eleven hectares at the territory of a layered plastics plant. Artists got two hundred thousand square meters to paint. To create a complete harmonious art object it is planned to involve paths between the museum buildings and its roofs as well — the whole picture will be possible to observe  from bird's view only.
The Street Art Museum was founded in 2012. By the end of 2014 the industrial loft was embellished with works by the famous street artists, such as Kirill Kto and Timofey Radi, Nikita Nomerz and the Spanish designer Escif. According to the museum press service, the number of versatile works of street art, video art and 3D mapping will reach seventy units in 2016.
The concept of street art is a dialogue of the author with the street: the master is not limited to graffiti, since stensils, installations, stickers and street music belong in here as well. Organizers hold festivals and take part in city cultural programs together with St.Petersburg State University and the Russian Museum.
Futurists became the forefathers of modern street art. Modern masters are guided by their postulate: "May streets be the celebration of art for all" recorded in Decree 1 of 1918 (the authors were Vladimir Mayakovsky, Alexander Kamensky, David Burliuk, and others).
The idea of creating the museum of street-born arts, the very principle of which contradicts to the concept of a closed area is an innovative experience for this country. The Finnish designers from JKMM Architects bureau were engaged in organizing its premise. The future plans include redesigning a boiler room into an exhibition hall, constructing a skatepark and a concert venue, and turning the chimney into a beacon that will light the sky over the residential district. Some of the former premises of industrial purpose will be demolished, whereas others will be reconstructed into workshops, co-working studios, a cafe and a hostel.
In 2015 the enterprise turned 70 years old. It was a prospering plant until its decay in the early 1990s. The idea of creating a museum here came out of the blue, after a graffiti party that took place in one of the desolate factory shops in 2011.
The museum holds excursions that last for about one hour. To visit the museum subscribe for an excursion beforehand.
The Street Art Museum is located at the address 84, Revolyutsii Highway, near  Academicheskaya, Lenin Square, and Prospect Bolshevikov metro stations.
Contact phones of the Street Art Museum: +7 (812) 448–15–93 (ext. 415)
The official website of the Street Art Museum


Author: Vera Ivanova

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