Pushkinskaya ulitsa 10
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Tel: (812) 164 53 53
Fax: (812) 164 52 07
Contact Name: Igor Khadikov, Corrdinator
In late May 1998, after the municipal government's restoration of the building at Pushkinskaya 10, the Free Culture Foundation resumed its work. Housed in a 4,200-square-meter space in the heart of Russia's Northern Capital, the Foundation's Pushkinskaya 10 Cultural Center is now the official home to more than two hundred artists, musicians, writers, and art scholars. These men and women work, exhibit, perform, and lecture in the Center's private studios, public galleries, and other multi-purpose spaces.
The Pushkinskaya 10 Cultural Center is the ideal place for a multi-disciplinary, intercultural exchange between visiting foreign artists and the thriving Petersburg contemporary art scene. We at the Pushkinskaya Observatory are excited about this new opportunity to open a window onto the diverse and dynamic Petersburg art world to artists of all types and to cultivate the benefits for both sides which follow from such an exchange.
Along with a secure and fully equipped studio space in the Pushkinskaya 10 Cultural Center, the Observatory offers its foreign guests:
- Free participation in the Center's numerous, year-round seminars, conferences, and master classes.
- A 120-square-meter exhibition hall, along with the use of the Center's other performance and communal spaces.
- Technical and telecommunications support (computers, faxes, a cyber club).
- A chance to become part of Russia's only genuine artistic commune, to befriend and work with a variety of local artists, to imbibe the rich cultural life embodied in Petersburg's world-famous museums, theaters, and concert halls.
Some of the Pushkinskaya Observatory's current programs include:
- "Marginalism and Academic Concepts in Contemporary Art," a theoretical philosophy seminar that discusses issues pertinent to the dialogue between art scholars and artists. Curators from Petersburg's State Russian Museum and faculty members of Saint Petersburg State University's philosophy and art history departments are among the seminar's participants.
- The Amplitude Literary Studio, which features readings by up-and-coming figures in the Petersburg literary world, roundtable discussions of emerging themes in contemporary literature, and presentations by invited Moscow authors.
- Master classes with Yevgeny Yufit, the well-known avant-garde film maker and photographer, whose works ("Silver Head" and "The Wooden Room") have been screened at New York's MOMA.
- Bi-weekly openings at the Pushkinskaya 10 Cultural Center's Gallery 103.
Last updated: January 2000
A print version of much of the information contained in this NIS Third Sector Organizations section can be found in the The Post-Soviet Handbook (Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1999).