Galleries and exhibition halls

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Besides the exhibition activity RosPhoto is engaged in research work, digitization, restoration, publishing, storage and demonstration of photography art. A wonderful store is open here – you are unlikely to find such a choice of art literature and albums anywhere else in the city. Stopping by the gallery you have a chance to see several temporary exhibits at a time. Of these one is bound to be a gem, at least one will consist of works of classics of Russian photography art and the rest will be showcasing yet unknown artists from across the world.


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A gallery with a proprietary collection, a publishing house, a bookstore and exhibition space are all located here. Everybody is welcome in the basement at the corner of Liteyny and Nevsky prospects: from amateur photographers to prominent painters, sculptors or graphic artists. The founders of the Borey defined their main aim a quarter of a century ago: showing the broadest picture of the city’s artistic life and partaking in forming St. Petersburg’s cultural environment.
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In 1989, when former residents of the large apartment house at Pushkinskaya,10 moved out for the building’s renovation, former communal apartments were occupied by workshops, galleries, clubs and recording studios. In 1998, when the building repair work was completed, artists received space here for implementing their ideas. One can stop by the New Academy of Fine Arts Museum to see how Timur Novikov’s spiritual descendants and followers developed his idea of preserving classical esthetics in a modern environment. Dver (the Door), The Bridge over Stiks, Navicula Artis, 2.04 – all these galleries are still open. Vampuka Theater, Deboshir Film Studio and the office of the John Lennon Temple of Music, Love and Peace are here as well.


An exhibition space, photography courses and a school for art curators and all those who have decided to learn the art exhibition trade, a gallery, a bookstore, and a photo and news agency are located here.


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The absence of restrictions (“we do this, but not that”) is an important feature of many galleries in St. Petersburg. Anna Nova is no different. Here there is a bit of everything that takes place in the city’s artistic life. Artists that belong to different generations and different circles are exhibited here, including the Mit’ki, new academicians, young pop art advocates and renowned avant-gardists. Photography, sculpture, paintings, installations – this is what people are looking for at Anna Nova.


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Installations and media art, painting and graphic art, discussions on the role of the curator in the artistic process, concerts, lectures, shows and education programs – the relatively new Namegallery exposes the gems of St. Petersburg’s modern cultural life. The gallery’s curators are occasionally invited to work on exhibits at the Russian Museum and Hermitage.


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Every reputable artist in St. Petersburg has either already had a show at the Gusich Gallery or is scheduled to do so in the near future. Here nobody is trying to chase recently discovered talents – only established artists are on show. The gallery continuously takes part in Russian and foreign fairs and assists regional galleries in developing their exhibition concepts.


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As any loft in St. Petersburg, the building that used to house a textile factory looks like an anthill: benches, workshops, pop-up cafes and co-working space. But the main space is the huge double-height brick wall hall (1300 sq.m.) at the top floor with a panoramic view of the Obvodnoy Chanel. Large-scale design exhibitions, architecture and multimedia shows take place here.


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The Arkhipenko brothers, architects and the authors and ideologists of the loft project, were the pioneers in developing former industrial enterprises in St. Petersburg. They went large-scale from the beginning. ETAGI occupies the building of the former Smolninsky bread factory. Hence the narrow staircase that spans all five floors of the loft, the strange shape of the space, floors with windows and walls faced with tile with streaks. The first three floors are filled with shops of local designers, various craftsmen and collectors, co-working space, bars, cafes and workshops. There is a hostel as well. The fourth and fifth floors include galleries and an exhibition space that hosts serious international shows of modern art and design. The building’s roof offers a view of the city. You have to pay for access to the roof, but it’s a good place for a picnic or spending a day walking or lying around on the grass.


This is the trendiest of the city’s galleries that focuses on antique porcelain and Russian art ranging from mid-19th to late 20th century. Vasily Rozhdestvensky, Vladimir Konashevich, Alexander Samokhvalov and Leningrad underground artists are all represented in the gallery’s collection. Large exhibits of Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Boris Kustodiev and Boris Grigoriev from private collections have been held here. An exhibit of “The World of Shemyakin” is quite naturally followed by “Repin’s Disciples” show. In addition, painting courses for adults and drawing courses for children are available here. Lectures and education seminars take place on a regular basis. There is a small bookstore.


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This is one of the few places in St. Petersburg that exhibits local glass art: from souvenirs to large-scale art objects. In addition, there are lots of objects of decorative and applied art, especially textile works. Besides this, in the four gallery floors one can run into some serious names and quite promising talents. All exhibits are for sale.