Street Art Museum is situated on the acting Laminated Plastics factory in the East of Saint Petersburg. Unification of industrial post-soviet ethics, the nerve of real life and young street art is the main thesis of the project. Allocated on the acting factory far from historical center and the main arteries of the cultural life, the Museum has become an attractive spot for an active public during last two summer seasons since 2014.
The territory of the Museum is divided into two separate zones – permanent exposition on the factory territory and open public space – the venue for temporary exhibitions and large-scale events. The factory space hidden from public eye is where the permanent exposition of wall paintings or “murals” made by contemporary artists is.
Now it has more than 20 art works of modern street artists such as P183, Tima Radya, Kirill Kto, Nikita Nomerz, Escif and many others. Significant amount of murals is situated inside working factory shops. Enterprise takes more than 11 hectares of the industrial zone. Approximately, this is 200 square meters of walls, which are given for street artists from the whole world.
CASUS PACIS / MOTIVE FOR PEACE EXHIBITION
Experimental summer public space of the Museum first opened its doors to visitors in 2014. The first exhibition – “Casus Pacis/ Motive for Peace” was opened. Initial idea was to devote the concept to the centurial of the First World War, but later curatorial attention was put on the current historical moment.
30 Russian, 26 Ukrainian and 5 foreign participants from Europe and the USA expressed their thoughts on what was going on and created site-specific art projects in well-known media-genres - from muralism, sculpture and graphics to installation and video art. The “Casus Pacis / Motive for Peace” exhibition was included into parallel program of Manifesta 10, European Biennale of Contemporary Art, which took place in Saint Petersburg.
The Museum Public Summer Space is unique multi-format venue, which unites industrial esthetics, street art and elements of urban creative space. With the exhibition allocated inside desolated boiler-room and industrial buildings, cultural events take place in gravel backyard. Each event is closely connected to alternative street world and inner side of human being.
The main criteria to the means of expression is the opportunity to insert methods and forms of contemporary art into spatial landscape of the street.
REMEMBER TOMORROW EXHIBITION
On 27th of June Street Art Museum (SAM) from Saint Petersburg took guests on its public space and opened a new season with street and public art exhibition project titled “Remember tomorrow”. The leading Russian street artists and creators working with space represented their new artworks. Large-scale murals and installations interacted with the space, augmented and transformed it. The curators of the exhibition project were Nailya Allahverdiyeva and Arseny Sergeyev
“We invite artists to become prophets, anticipators or visionaries – to create their own image of the future, to make “flash forward” visible, to transfer their dreams or fears of tomorrow, make warnings, tell us about possible threats. Perhaps it will help to answer a long-standing and never resolved question “What should we do?”
Curator of Remember Tomorrow Exhibition
HISTORY OF THE FACTORY
SLOPLAST factory is almost 70 years old. Initially, back in 1945, the site was used to manufacture insulators for the country’s electricity network, which was destroyed during World War II. It was only 11 years later, in 1956, when the country had managed to pick itself up after the war, and it became possible to create interiors that were not just functional, but also attractive, that production of DPLP – “decorative paper laminated plastics” – was launched at the plant. The applications for this material include lift interiors, escalators, trains, and kitchen tabletops.
In the USSR, the plant was the biggest production site in its industry sector, but in the 1990s, it shared the same fate as Soviet industry as a whole. On several occasions, it was proposed to those who invested in the plant – who included the Chairman of the Museum’s Advisory Board, Dmitry Zaitsev, and who came into possession of the plant towards the end of that troubled period – that they build a housing estate or a shopping and entertainment centre at the site.
The idea of creating the Museum came about spontaneously one day, after a graffiti party held in the summer of 2011 in one of the workshops abandoned in the ’90s. In 2012, The Street Art Museum of St. Petersburg was registered by the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Justice as a private cultural institution located at 84 Shosse Revolyutsii, St. Petersburg, Russia.