In 2020, the forum turned to educational practices in museums and other cultural institutions such as museum pedagogy and art mediation. Additionally, the forum was pay attention to more general issues related to the production of knowledge in the sphere of contemporary culture.

The main program included: an online project Symposium* on the topic Educational U-turn. Who Else Produces Knowledge in Culture?, Art Weekend and special projects which are: take-away exhibition Zine as Exhibition: Postcovid, Studio Studies project including 20 video interviews with St. Petersburg artists in their workshops, and an internship program for university students of Saint Petersburg.

Organizers and partners of the 2nd Curatorial Forum in 2020
Educational U-turn. Who else is producing knowledges in culture?
Curators: Yana Klichuk, Alina Belishkina & Joana Monbaron

Education has become not only a permanent subject of artistic expressions, but also a separate area of curatorial activity. The "educational turn” in curating criticized the commodification of education from the perspective of contemporary art. It challenged the place of educational practices in museums and other cultural institutions.

The Symposium revisits the issues raised by the "educational turn" in order to respond to the today’s challenges and address the relationship between educational and curatorial practices in their inseparable and often unequal relations. The Symposium revisits the issues raised by the "educational turn" in order to respond to the today’s challenges and address the relationship between educational and curatorial practices in their inseparable and often unequal relations.

We ask, what is the purpose of education in a museum, gallery and other exhibition spaces today and what opportunities do we have for joint and equal work in this field of knowledge production? Finally, who are these "we" - curators, teachers, public?

In 2020 symposium will be organized in the form of a pop-up website. Symposium* represents a research project that uses the web platform as a tool for mediation, contextualization and as a space for critical expression. Translated into an online format, the project represents a meeting place that is impossible in shared geographical coordinates nowadays.

Translations of texts by leading practitioners and researchers of educational processes in culture and art, including articles by Amanda Cachia, Janna Graham, Bernadette Lynch and others. In addition, the curators prepared a glossary of terms used in international educational discourse and offer their translation and interpretation.
Discussions in a form of a correspondence
Discussions in the format of correspondence, in which the participants are Russian and international researchers, curators, educators and artists. Participants will exchange letters on topics set by the Symposium* curators.
Correspondence will be available on 10 November
Voice messages
Podcasts from the Symposium* speakers, each of which can be commented on and discussed with the authors.
The first voice message will be available on 11 November
Workshops by Suzana Milevska, art historian, theoretician and curator (North Macedonia) and Dora Garcia, artist and professor at the National Academy of Arts in Oslo (Norway). Participants will be able to take part in workshops directly on the website of the symposium*.




Special Project of North-West Branch of Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts (NCCA St. Petersburg)
Solyanoy lane., 15
The permanent exposition reflects the unique (for Russia) experience of the exposition reconstruction of Art and Industry Museum, which embodied all design trends of the late XIX century.
In the museum you can see exhibitions of works by the college students, Russian and Western European applied art.

Entrance requires tickets
Open hours: mon-sat 10:00 – 18:00
Politekhnicheskaya., 29
Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) – is one of the leading polytechnic universities of the country, national research university. The Polytechnic University is a competitive scientific and educational center that integrates multidisciplinary scientific research and world-class technologies. It is one of the world's leading universities.
KAZANSKAYA ST., 3 A, via the turnstile, through the park to the main building
One of the oldest higher education institutions in Russia. Herzen Russian State Pedagogical University is a powerful educational research and cultural and educational complex with dynamic internal and external connections. It harmoniously combines traditions and innovations, the synthesis of which allows the training of high-level specialists, adapted to the realities of the modern world.


Museum of Non-Conformist Art – the world's first center for the preservation and study of the heritage of Soviet informal art, founded in 1998 in the legendary art center Pushkinskaya-10. Its collection includes more than 4000 works of painting, graphics, photography, objects and digital art.

Ligovsky pr. 73, 4 floor
The Center was opened in 2004 and is named after the outstanding avant-garde musician and composer Sergey Kuryokhin. The main goal of the Center is to bring together talented representatives of contemporary art, who perform outside the mainstream of pop culture, and provide them with opportunities to present their work.
Zhukovskogo st., 28
One of the leading Russian galleries working in the field of contemporary art, which has established itself on the international market. Participant in major international fairs: viennacontemporary, ARCOmadrid, KIAF ART SEOUL, London Art Fair, Cosmoscow, etc. It was opened in 2005.

3-ya Sovetskaya st., 2
FFTN ((15), fftn, fifteen and/or ||||||||||||) is a place nowhere, a space-werewolf for curatorial and artistic experiments. 4.5 meters of the former Artists' Union buffet hid in a magical triangle between the Moskovsky railway station, children's hospital and the concert hall. To find the FFTN and get inside –everything requires effort, additional interaction with the environment and/or curators.
Liteiny pr., 57
The family bookstore exists since 1926. In assortment – first of all, intellectual literature: classical and modern fiction prose, books on philosophy and history, literary criticism and theory of theater and cinema, social sciences and psychology, a large selection of albums on art.
Especially for the Art Weekend store has prepared a shelf of selected books on art, and the online store customers will get a 15% discount with the promo code ARTWEEKEND.
Liteiny pr., 58
Borey Gallery
Borey was founded in 1991 and today it is the oldest non-commercial exhibition site of St. Petersburg, a landmark place of cultural life of the city. The gallery supports emerging artists, curators, critics, poets on a permanent basis. The important principles of work are the lack of aesthetic snobbism and isolation, public accessibility and openness.
Liteiny pr., 18/2
The space combines a gallery, a separate lecture hall and a pan-asian cafe with a bar and coffee.

Guests of the Art Weekend get a 10% discount on the menu
Open hours: mon-thu 10:00 – 22:00, fri-sat 11:00 – 23:00, sun 11:00 – 22:00
Chaikovskogo., 61
MYTH Gallery is a new gallery of contemporary art. The key direction of its activity is acquaintance of professional and interested in art audience with works of young Russian artists. The gallery is aimed at supporting the development of young Russian art: artists who stand at the beginning of their careers.


Bolshaya Konushennaya st.., 2, 3 floor
The gallery works with contemporary art and represents both major famous masters and young talented artists. The participant of Cosmoscow, ArtParis. The gallery was founded in 2011.

Italianskaya st., 17, 2 yard
Private art education project, founded in 2015. The school offers courses in the history of fine and decorative art, architecture and design, theater and cinema, music and literature, as well as lectures and meetings on current events in cultural life.
Shvedsky lane., 2
New Art Gallery of St. Petersburg, founded in 2020. It is a project focusing on exhibition activities and a platform aimed at introducing contemporary Russian and foreign artists.
Fontanka river emb., 49а
It is a unique multifunctional theater and media center, a modern stage of the oldest drama theater in the country and one of the main cultural and educational centers of St. Petersburg.

Free entrance


Fontanka river emb., 121

One of the first contemporary art galleries in St. Petersburg, founded by Marina Gisich in 2000. Today it is one of the leading galleries of Russian contemporary art and it takes part in international fairs: ARCOmadrid, viennacontemporary, Contemporary Istanbul, Art Paris, Art Miami, Volta NY, Cosmoscow, etc.
Grazhdanskaya st., 13-15, Berthold center, yellow stairs, 2 floor
The gallery has been working in St. Petersburg since 2019 (founded in Ekaterinburg in 2013). Shows contemporary art, actively cooperating with young artists.
Grazhdanskaya st., 13-15 (in the arch at the entrance of Berthold center)
Open media art space with four LCD displays placed directly on the walls of the arch leading to the courtyard. The exhibition program includes a variety of genres – from category B films and videos shot on a cell phone camera to complex generative visualizations created using computer code. It was opened in 2020.
Grazhdanskaya st., 13-15, Berthold center, 1 floor
The organization deals with projects that help explore, understand, make and view contemporary photography in the context of art, media and digital. It organizes exhibitions, educational programs, portfolio reviews.
Grazhdanskaya st., 13-15, Berthold center, yellow stairs, 4 floor
Chamber space where a team of independent dancing artists creates their works, organizes regular classes, laboratories, lectures, concerts and shows performances of Russian and European dancers. For three years now the studio is one of the few areas for the development of modern Russian dance.
Isaac square, 1

It is a modern world-class exhibition hall, which demonstrates contemporary art in cooperation with leading Russian and international art institutions. Each exposition of Manege is a unique collaboration of artists and curators, representing already existing works, as well as specially created works, which are first shown to the public.
Moyka river emb., 58

New space in St. Petersburg, combining a bookstore, cafe and an exhibition area. Meetings with authors and lectures are also held here.
Bolshaya Morskaya st., 45 (in the courtyard of Teplo restaurant)
WöD is a graphic cabinet and a bar, which cooperates with young artists and works with everything on paper (drawing, watercolor, engraving, photography, zina) and can fit into one cabinet. The task of the WöD Graphic Cabinet is to make contemporary art more accessible conceptually, institutionally and economically.
Griboyedova channel emb., 88-90

The building of Ekatherine's Assembly was built in 1905-1907 in Art Nouveau style by architect Oscar Muntz and is an object of cultural heritage. The building has been under the management of the St. Petersburg Concert since 2016. The Ekaterine's Assembly holds traditional philharmonic, theatrical concerts and performances, as well as various experimental exhibitions and events in contemporary art.
Pryazhki river emb., 5
Independent experimental exhibition space, territory of individual experience. The session lasts 15 minutes and is designed strictly for one guest. Styd is not intended for the public, but if there is a great desire, you can get there by ticket. Rules of visit and detailed instructions the guest receives after payment.
Egorova st., 28, ap.32
Egorka is a gallery in a communal apartment where artists Anya Tereshkina and Nastia Makarenko live. It is an experimental project aimed at finding constantly drifting borders of comfort between personal and social life.


Карповки наб., 5

Technopark occupies almost a whole block on the Petrograd side. The ecosystem of Lenpolygraphmash is structured in such a way as to provide connection of new technologies with creative spheres: design and architecture. One of the main goals of the Technopark is to develop technological entrepreneurship.

DISCUSSION PANEL of the Art Weekend was held in Lenpolygraphmash's Amphitheater on 21 – 22 November .
Vyazemsky lane, 8

Branch of the Museum of Urban Sculpture. Former workshop of the famous 20th century sculptor Mikhail Anikushin. Now it is a memorial museum and a modern exhibition space.
Bolshaya Zelenina st., 21.
Independent exhibition space, created by Tatiana Chernomordova together with artists of the group North-7. "Berlin" basement on Petrogradskaya side, next to Chkalovskaya metro station.
Bolshaya Raznochinnaya st., 24, 3 floor
Rosa's House of Culture is a platform uniting activist and artistic initiatives, aimed at creating a community of comrades, united in the process of creative activity and self-education. Rosa's House of Culture was founded and supported by an art group and the Chto Delat' Foundation for Mutual Assistance. It is coordinated by the group Samoorganizatsia, which consists of residents of the House and participants of the School of Involved Art.


Birzhevaya line V.О., 16
A new hybrid transformable space combining a gallery, workshop and residence for artists working in the field of art&science.
Makarova emb. 12, entrance through yard, 1 floor
New City Artists Studio is an experimental platform for involving artists with a special mentality in contemporary art.
Makarova emb. 12, entrance through yard, 1 floor
Galereyeshnaya positions itself as a place where you can see the works of young and unknown authors, get acquainted with a wide range of directions and styles, as well as buy works at low prices.
On Saturday, November 21 at 12.00 there will be the official opening of the space.
Bolshoy pr. V.О., 62
The Gallery has existed since 2003 and specializes in the unofficial art of Moscow and Leningrad in the second half of XX century, as well as working with young authors. The gallery's projects have an educational function – to introduce a wide audience to the history of unofficial art, to discover new significant artistic phenomena of the recent past.
Kozhevennaya line, 40
The project of transformation of the historical "gray belt" of St. Petersburg Harbor into the public cultural and business space. It was opened in September 2018 and continues to develop.
Nevsky pr., 179/2
A well-known site in the city for holding various exhibition projects. There are thematic expositions from the museum funds, personal exhibitions of Russian artists and sculptors, contemporary art exhibitions, presentations and film screenings.

Gromova st., 4
Universal space for exhibition activities, as well as a platform for concerts, theater performances, seminars and round tables, creative and business meetings.
Telezhnaya st., 37
LUDA are artists, groups, archives - everything that reflects the nervous and delicate flesh of art. A strategic idea from the past "LUDA". (2009 - 10) saved - we show what you can not see. Expanded coverage, more international composition - American, Belarusian, Azerbaijani, Norwegian artists - like us, Kyrgyz, Uzbeks, French - all who live parallel lives in their oikoumene.
Tikhoretsky pr., 17, Benua Garden
BENUA 1890
Public space is the new life of the Forest Dairy Farm of Benoit Yu. Now on the territory of the Benua Garden are located: an open lecture hall Benua Art Garden, the Garden of Modern Art Benua Art Garden, the School of Benua and other projects.
Revolutsii av., 84АB
The first in the world and the only street art museum in Russia. The museum territory is divided into two zones - a permanent exposition at the existing production plant of layered plastics and a public area where temporary exhibitions and mass events are held.
General media partner of Discussion Panel
<about the project>
Zine as an Exhibition: Postcovid is a special project of the 2nd Curatorial Forum. In the form of the open contest, which took place in the summer of 2020, curators were invited to come up with an exhibition on the pages of the printed edition and media to it. Translating the exhibition into the zine format, we ask – what will remain of the exhibition in the process of such translation, and what will be fundamentally untranslatable? What does such an exhibition produce and for whom? What mechanisms are opened for co-creation? And can we call the result exhibition?

The viewer, and precisely – the reader, saw black and white zine exhibitions not in the exhibition hall, but was able to take them for free in public spaces of St. Petersburg or get them delivered my post.
<when and where>
During the fall of 2020 4 zines was published – 3 zines created by curators and one together with an interuniversity group of students who formed a kind of "series", and each of the "series" was gathered and formed their own audience.

In addition, art works was appear on billboards on the streets of St. Petersburg – a kind of intervention of artists in the urban space.
<curators of the project>
Alina Belishkina – curator, artist and educator. Lives in St. Petersburg and Helsinki. Her current research interests include the effects and affects of curatorial gestures, documentation as an interdisciplinary and speculative type of practice, and the production of community spaces.

Natalia Khvoenkova is the Head of the Art Programs Department at the National Center for Contemporary Art in St. Petersburg and Program Director of the Curatorial Forum. Curator, art manager and an art historian.
Artists: Anna Andrzhievskaya, Studio of Performative Arts "SDVIG", Natalia Tikhonova, Communal gallery "Egorka", Nikita Seleznyov, Asya Marakulina, Anna Prilutskaya, Ilya Smirnov, Ildar Yakubov, Assembly, Liza Bobkova, Alexandra Gart, Ilya Dolgov, Anna Martynenko, Sergei Savelyev, Alina Kugush, Maria Shabanova, Sasha Zubritskaya, Leonid Tskhe, Tatiana Chernomordova, Nestor Engelke and Fedor Hiroshige.

Studio Studies is a series of video interviews with St. Petersburg artists and a logical continuation of the work with the artists' studios, which was launched as part of the 1st Curatorial Forum. Then, in the fall of 2019, the artists of St. Petersburg opened the doors of their studios to the public. The program called Open Studios raised important questions about the ethics of visiting and hospitality, the attitude of the artist and the public, and the very essence of these private spaces.

In 2020, we continued to work with the studios, now in an exploratory way, to clarify for ourselves, the audience, and the artists the designated "blind spots". We revised the format of open studios in favor of videos about the artist's life in the studio. This decision was also forced by the epidemiological situation, in which we think it is right to avoid mass visits to the studios.

The example of the first curatorial forum showed that St. Petersburg has a lot of studios, but they exist in an inaccessible area, which makes them closer in this sense to the anachronistic romantic view of the studio as a place of sacred action. We do not quite understand how to visit them, how to behave, we do not know the expectations of the artist, and in general we do not have enough information about what it means for an artist to have his own studio.

Calling the series Studio Studies, we appeal to an already existing field of knowledge, relatively developed in European and American art criticism. Studio Studies is an area of knowledge that explores the artist's studio as an ecosystem of aesthetic and material production, and as a place that defines the entire future cultural process. We asked questions about the artist's daily life, looked at internal processes and relations with the outside world, i.e. we were engaged in topology and ethics of these special spaces.

Based on a research perspective, we invited artists representing different types of contemporary art: painters, graphic artists, sculptors, photographers, media artists, activists, etc. in order to see, perhaps, the specific routine of each direction.

Curator: Anna Zavediy
Special project: contemporary art in universities of St.Petersburg

Universities as places of accumulation and transfer of knowledge - the main nodes of education - showcase the works of contemporary artists who, being on university territories, have reflected in one way or another the significance of these places in the general historical and cultural context. Three site-specific projects are located in three higher educational institutions of the city: in the Stieglitz State Academy of Arts and Design, The Herzen State Pedagogical University, and Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University. By combining a public art strategy with targeted interventions in the inner spaces of universities, several independent statements were created.

<Stieglitz State Academy of Arts and Design >

Aleksei Taruts

Aleksei Taruts’s personal exhibition was created specifically for the Gothic Hall of the Museum of Applied Arts of Stieglitz State Academy. The performative installation represents the situation of “two-worldness” where the tower prisons, by coincidence, serve as denotations of today’s escalation of social distancing. They embody and thus isolate from each other the main units of meaning of the exhibition, two sheets of graphics made by a student of the Stieglitz Academy.

These drawings are portraits of Aleksei Taruts painted by memory (the model posed for 1 minute) that demonstrate the skill of the author as a technological medium, an organic equivalent of a neural network which can reproduce or complete the image of a human face.

The separatedness of the portraits and the consequent impossibility to verify the images activate the dopplegänger mode when things are very similar but never the same, as they imply the impossibility of simultaneous existence. Entering one of the twin-towers, the visitor is prevented from seeing the whole picture but still takes it into account automatically launching memory operations. Both the place recognition and the role play give access to the inner logic of what is happening and therefore, is sealed by a 'subspace' stamp with a curator's hair on the rear doors.
Multiple conventiones enchant the space and charge every event with performative value. Everything here has the power of an irreversible gesture: the composition, the way of exhibiting, the way of reception. Aleksei Taruts motivates the viewer to enact his own method of arranging an exhibition – the apophenia of the present that leaves you no other choice but to gather all the existing fantastic facts into a coherent knowledge.

Curator: Anna Zavediy

The Museum of Applied arts of Stieglitz State Academy of Arts and Design
Solyanoy lane., 15
The permanent museum’s exhibition is a unique example of restoration of a former exhibition which included all the main trends in design of the end of XIX century. Visiting the permanent exhibition one can find works by the Stieglitz Academy’s students, as well as russian and european applied art.

Museum website
<Stieglitz State Academy of Arts and Design >
Educational Museum
The group show which displays works by the students of universities-associates of Curatorial Forum is devoted to the meaning of the expression “educational museum” and the relations between artefacts of time and history: what can museum’s objects “tell” visitors and what is its valid meaning without any chronological distance with the present.

The exhibition was created for Art-Weekend in the framework of the 2nd Curatorial Forum with an open call procedure. The following artist (students of Steiglitz Academy and Saint-Petersburg State University of Industrial Technologies and Design) were chosen.

Artists: Sophia Belova, Anastasia Verzhbitskya, Nadezhda Kazakovtseva, Ekaretina Kolosovskaya, Mikhail Pershko, Davis Skvortsov, Anna Chervonnaya, Ilya Shurinov, art-group “Blesk”.
Curators: Anna Zavediy, Kirill Spasskov

The Museum of Applied arts of Stieglitz State Academy of Arts and Design
Solyanoy lane., 15
The permanent museum’s exhibition is a unique example of restoration of a former exhibition which included all the main trends in design of the end of XIX century. Visiting the permanent exhibition one can find works by the Stieglitz Academy’s students, as well as russian and european applied art.

Museum website
<The Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia >

Site-specific project about love

”Crush” means a romantic attraction, passion, the condition of being in love, which contrast with the second definition of the word – clash, strike, crack, rift.The college years here are understood not only as the educational process, but also as time of finding oneself through another (person), his or her (or their) words and actions. The works of the artists refer to strong emotions, contradictory feelings of euphoria and disappointment caused by romantic infatuation.

Artists: Vladimir Abikh, Evgeny Granilshchikov, Ekaterina Sokolovskaya
Cutaror: Anna Zavediy

Vladimir Abikh "words will be found" (mural).

The work “Words will be found” by Vladimir Abikh invites the viewer into a kind of game of unraveling the text. The act of looking/reading takes on a special procedure in which words flow from their signifying form to an abstraction and back.

Ekaterina Sokolovskaya, "Eyes", "Drop" from the project "Light touches", (glass, plastic)

Sculptures by Ekaterina Sokolovskaya represent emotional images of hovering in feelings: sculptures that are repelled by our sensations (sight, smell, touch) are suspended above the viewer in different spaces as obsessive affects.

Evgeny Granilshchikov (video)

Videowork by Evgeny Granilshikov represents the dreamlike existence: strange situations and dialogues in a nonlinear plot, all united by the theme of love and unbearableness, make us see not only what is in the film but actually showing us the procedure of shooting and directing in so-called 'behind-the-scene' frames.

Herzen University
As one of the oldest universities of Russia, Herzen University is a huge educational, research and cultural center with strong internal, as well as external connections. In the university both traditions and innovations blend in together, bearing the possibility to grow high-qualified professionals, with the skills which meet the challenges of the modern world.
Kazanskaya st.,6 go through the turnstile, turn left through the park to the main building

University website
<Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University>

site-specific interventions in the Polytechnic park and in the university’s campus called “Technopolis-Polytech” includes AR-project “THERMIN” devoted to Leon Theremin, the inventor of theremin, who was the “forefather” of electronic music and a sculpture called “BIG EYES".
Artists: Yan Posadsky, Oleg Soroko, Ekaterina Sokolovskaya
Curator: Anna Zevediy

Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University
Polytekhnicheskaya st., 29

Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) is one of the leading polytechnic universities in the country, a national research university. The Polytechnic University is a competitive research and educational center that integrates world-class multidisciplinary research and technology and is one of the world's leading universities

University website

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