St Petersburg Biennale of Museum Design2
30/09 – 30/10/2016

Corpus. Anatomical Theater

Design: Jack Schlechter (USA)
Museum of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts
30 September – 30 October 2016

The exhibition is dedicated to the topic every professional artist would be familiar with – that of anatomical drawing. The exhibition displays anatomical drawings made by students and professors of the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts starting from the 19th century to the present day, as well as original contemporary art-works including drawings by Gottfried Bammes, graphics by Damien Hirst, a film by Alexander Sokurov etc. Director of Exhibition Design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Jack Schlechter had to meet a complex challenge of placing contemporary and historical exhibits in the classical rooms of the Academy of Fine Arts, which are an exhibition per se.

Food as a Matter of National Importance

Design: HG Merz Architekten Museumsgestalter Bureau (Germany) with the participation of Gleb Nikandrov (St. Petersburg)
State Museum of the Political History of Russia
1 July – 31 December 2016

The exhibition aims to show how politics relate to food and food culture practices. Chronological framework of its main display covers mid-19th – early 21st century. Menu cards for state and public receptions, as well as family festivals, Soviet avant-garde porcelain, food stamps and coupons, food packaging with Soviet branding, posters, caricatures, photographs etc. The German designers developed a special project enabling them to place a variety of exhibits in a relatively small space provided.

Humankind’s Family Album. Kunstkamera Ethnography Photo Collection

Design: Abha Lambah (India)
Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences
30 September 2016 – 30 January 2017

The exhibition presents Kunstkamera photo collection – one of the largest corpora of ethnographic photography covering the period from 1860s till the early 21st century. Rare picks of spectacular and entertaining scenes: vagrant actors and travelling circuses, athletic contests, weddings, popular games and shamanistic rituals reflect lives of peoples from all over Russia and the world. Abha Narain Lambah, architect and designer from India, has designed an exhibition-installation in the space that used to serve as an anatomy theater.

What Does a Circus Smell Like?

Design: A team of young St. Petersurg designers supervised by Andrey Vovk (US-Russia)
Bolshoi St. Petersburg State Circus Exhibition Hall
24 September – 04 December 2016

A unique interactive exhibition features smells as its key exhibits. Walking through the labyrinth a viewer guesses various circus smells and is able to learn more about those from the museum display. The exhibition is the outcome of a master class conducted by Andrey Vovk, Director of the Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA) office in Moscow. Young St. Petersburg designers, architects and museum experts have created a quest with smells used as exhibits.

From the Sea to the Stars / A project for the Museum Entrance Area

Design: Dmitry Selivokhin / Narodny Architektor (Moscow)
Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov Memorial Apartment
30 September – 31 December 2016

The Museum entrance area has been design as a visual reference to the stage sets created by the designers who had worked with Rimsky-Korsakov operas. The concept employs the composer’s favourite motives: natural phenomena and fairy stories. Experts from Narodny Architector Studio have developed design for the entrance area and the staircase that leads to the Museum to link two parts of the Museum located on different floors. The symbolic link brings visitors into the story of Rimsky-Korsakov’s life and work right after they enter the Museum.

“Parting the ocean like a plow…”

Design: Emil Kapelush (Saint-Petersburg)
Anna Akhmatova Museum at the Fountain House
27 September - 20 October 2016

The Exhibition is dedicated to Osip Manedstam 125th birthday. It features manuscripts, photographs, autographs and other artefacts from the Anna Akhmatova Museum collection. The exhibition was designed by a well-known St.Petersburg artist and stage designer Emil Kapelush, who has created an exhibition space that brings togetjer original objects from the Museum collection, as well as works by contemporary artists.

Heritage in the Contemporary Context

Design: KHVOYA (Saint-Petersburg)
State Museum of the History of St Petersburg
20 October – 17 November 2016

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. Young St.Petersburg architects have designed a spectacular framework for a classical architectural exhibition.