Casus Pacis/Motive for Peace was the Street Art Museum’s first exhibition.
The experimental public area where Casus Pacis was held first opened to the public in the summer of 2014. The exhibition was primarily intended to pay homage to the 100th anniversary of World War I, but the curators also deliberately drew attention to current events.
The exhibition brought together artists from all over the world—in total, 30 Russians and 27 Ukrainians participated in the exhibition, as well as 5 artists from Europe and the Americas. Artists from all genres participated in the exhibition, including painters, sculpture artists, graphic designers, and installation and video artists. The Casus Pacis/Motive for Peace exhibition was also included in Manifesta 10, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art that was held in Saint Petersburg in the summer of 2014.
The Museum’s open-air space is a unique multi-purpose venue that combines industrial aesthetics with street art and elements of a creative urban environment. In addition to the exhibitions on display in the boiler house and factory buildings, activities are held every weekend in the gravel yard.
Each event is inextricably linked to the alternative world of the street, located at the edge of society and the internal space of the little man. The main requirement when choosing a means of expression is the ability to practice techniques and forms of contemporary art in the spatial landscape of the street.