Contemporary Art in the Traditional Museum is the St Petersburg city museum festival, which has existed since 2000 and for the past 13 years, presented nearly 170 Russian and foreign artists in 65 museums of St Petersburg. The festival is a series of exhibitions that take place in large and smaller museums of the city. Russian and foreign artists and curators present projects which have close contextual connection with the museum exposition. The main goal of the festival is to assist in rapprochement of traditional culture and contemporary art and bring forth modernization of St Petersburg museums.


The St Petersburg PRO ARTE Foundation and National Centre for Contemporary Arts; supported by The St Petersburg Committee on Culture and Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation.

This is the first museum festival in St Petersburg; it was established in 2000. Each year several contemporary artists from Russia and abroad receive an opportunity to show their projects in large and small museums of the city. For one month the traditional museum spaces turn into contemporary art venues.

Over the last 13 years 170 projects have been shown in 65 museums by artists from 11 countries. Some of the shows have become widely known, such as The Antarctic Mission (45 penguins placed on the Arctic and Antarctic Museum), Observatory (10 projects in the Pulkovo Observatory), the Complaints Choir of St Petersburg.

The artists participating in the 12th Contemporary Art in the Traditional Museum Festival come from Russia, Israel, Finland, USA and the Netherlands. The upcoming shows include a project Memory Post by Bracha Lichtenberg Ettinger (Israel-France) in the Peter and Paul Fortress and the Freud Museum of Dreams, a video installation A Brief History of Collapses by Mariam Ghani (USA) in the Gatchina Palace Museum, (Canada), an installation Metamorphoses by Alexander Reichshtein (Russia-Finland) in the Children’s Center for Historical Education and many others.

Lectures and presentation will be held in terms of the special festival program.

For more information: FESTIVAL