St Petersburg Biennale of Museum Design3
09/11 – 19/12/2018

The House Was Here

9 November, 2018 – 30 June, 2019
The revolutionary events forced the Nabokovs to leave their home at Bolshaya Morskaya street which is now the writer’s museum. Nabokov never returned to Russia again. According to him, this mansion remained his “only home in the whole world”. During his time in emigration the writer changed over 150 addresses moving from one “temporary stay” to another never the owner of his own home.


In Nabokov’s texts small remembrances of his old home, steeped in personal reminiscences and emotions, acquire a special value. The young St Petersburg based designers used the items from the mansion’s past furnishings and décor – household stuff, pieces of fabric upholstering, bricks, children’s toys – to create an installation that transfers the viewer into the “abandoned room”. These items weirdly inherited by us from the writer, preserved and cherished by the museum, are accompanied by quotations from Nabokov’s writings.

Design: Group X (Russia)

The “X Group” was established in 2016 in the framework of PRO ARTE’s Biennale of Museum Design. The team develops and designs museum projects. Each member of the “X Group” has an experience of cooperating with museums, theatres, exhibition venues including the St Petersburg Theatre Museum, the State Museum Reserve “Peterhof”, St Petersburg Museum of Circus Art, the State Museum of GULAG History, the Central Exhibition Hall “Manezh”, Alexandrinsky and Mikhailovsky Theatres.

The “X Group” members include Anastasia Garnova, Maxim Greller, Anna Kondratyeva, Mikhail Martyanov, Anna Martynenko, Eugenia Ryzhkova, Ksenia Surikova, Alexandra Tahtayeva.

Vladimir Nabokov Museum

Address:  47, Bolshaya Morskaya str.

Opening hours:

Tuesday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday: 12 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Closed: on Mondays and Sundays

Ticket information:

Free admission

General information: (812) 315-47-13