From 4 to 20 June Dom Radio in St. Petersburg will host the Summer Exhibition

June 4–20, 2021

Dom Radio, St Petersburg

From 4 to 20 June Dom Radio in St. Petersburg will host the first joint project of musicAeterna and Aksenov Family Foundation in the field of contemporary visual arts, organized in collaboration with the international art fair viennacontemporary (Austria). The exhibition is part of the official cultural program of The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

The Summer Exhibition follows the tradition of The Summer Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts in London — the longest-running regular art exhibition in the world,held since 1769. Its special feature is that most of the exhibited artworks can be purchased.

The exhibition takes place in the historical space of Dom Radio (House of Radio), which is where musicAeterna has been running a cross-disciplinary cultural and educational center since the fall of 2019 with the support of the collective’s general partner, VTB Bank. At the exhibition, guests will get a chance to see works by Russian and international stars of contemporary art. Among them are Tanya Akhmetgalieva, Sergey Bratkov, Erik Bulatov, Erwin Wurm, Mat Collishaw, Ilya Kabakov, Pipilotti Rist, Olga Chernysheva and others. Participants of the Summer Exhibition have been featured in the events of viennacontemporary in different years. The partners of the exhibition are Artwin Gallery (Moscow), Iragui Gallery (Moscow), Marina Gisich Gallery (St. Petersburg), MYTH Gallery (St. Petersburg), OVCHARENKO (Moscow), Pop/off/art gallery (Moscow).

As part of a special project of musicAeterna and The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Bill Viola’s works of the Martyrs series, which were shown at the artist's solo exhibition at the Pushkin Museum, will be on display in Dom Radio from 2 to 20 June.

Martyrs water. 2014. Photo: Kira Petrov © Bill Viola Studio

In addition, during the Summer Exhibition, viennacontemporary will host a series of open discussions on various aspects of contemporary culture.

4 June
19:00-20:30 | Discussion: International Art Fairs after Pandemiс

Margarita Pushkina, founding director of Cosmoscow fair

Ekaterina Iragui, founder of the Iragui Gallery, curator, member of viennacontemporary expert council

Nathan Clements-Gillespie, artistic director of Frieze Masters

Moderator: Alain Servais, collector and entrepreneur, Belgium

21:00–22:30 | St. Petersburg as a Venue for Art Fairs

Anton Belov, Director of The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow

Boris Piotrovsky, Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg

Pavel Prigara, Director of The Manege Central Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg (TBC)

Moderator: Alain Servais, collector and entrepreneur, Belgium

5 June
12:00–14:00 | Workshop: Creating Objects in Augmented Reality

The founders of Artvive platform (Austria) Sergiu Ardelean and Codin Popescu will show how Artvive can be used to create augmented reality (AR) projects in order to expand meanings, images and information for any visual object. Sergiu and Codin will also talk about how such an accessible technology can create a huge market for digital artists and take the engagement of museum users (and beyond) to the next level.

14:30–15:30 | Artist Talk: Polina Kanis

Polina Kanis is a media artist, the laureate of the Kandinsky Art Prize, the Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Award, the Innovation Art Prize Russian contemporary art award, as well as the participant in the Rijksakademie Residency Program (Amsterdam).

Leading the conversation is Anna Bouali, art critic, curator of the Department of Cinematic and Media Art of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.

16:00–17:30 | Drops instead of Exhibitions: From Tension to Acceptance. How the Traditional Contemporary Art Market Is Adapting to NFT

Andrey Alekhin, co-founder of Snark.Art

Andrey Belyakov, co-founder of The Art Exchange blockchain platform

Jo Vickery, Editor-in-Chief of Russian Art Focus online-magazine

Marat Guelman, collector, curator, co-founder of Guelman Recommends blockchain gallery

Olga Dvoretskaya, founder of Disartive digital art fair

Katya Novichkova, artist, co-founder of Mutagen NFT-platform

Alexander Salnikov, co-founder of Rarible platform

Moderator: Alexander Burenkov, independent curator of contemporary art exhibitions, educator

The discussion is organized by Russian Art Focus, an online magazine about Russian art, with the support of The Art Exchange blockchain platform

18:00–19:30 | The Present and Future of NFT: How the Change in Technology will Affect Business Operations in Culture

Patrick Tresset, artist

Jason Bailey, founder of Artnome and Green NFTs

Alexander Salnikov, co-founder Rarible

Gleb Kostarev, Director at Binance, Russia and Eastern Europe

Alexandra Generalova, curator, co-founder of STYD, art critic

Pavel Burianov, co-founder of Mosaic Media

Moderator: Pierre-Francois Marteau, venture capital investor, board secretary of the Immaterial Future association

The information in the program may change

Practical Information

Dom Radio: St. Petersburg, Malaya Sadovaya str., 2

The main program will take place during The St. Petersburg Economic Forum from 3 to 6 June

The exhibition will last from 3 to 20 June

The opening is on 3 June

4–6 June:

The exhibition is open to the public from 12:00 to 19:00

The discussion program will take place from 14:00 to 18:00

 7–20 June:

The exhibition visit is possible only as part of organized group tours

The tours begin at 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00

Duration of the tour: 60 min

The maximum number of people in the group: 20

To book tickets for the tours and discussion program please visit The webpage will open before the exhibition.

Additional information

Dom Radio is an architectural landmark in the heart of St. Petersburg. It was built for the St. Petersburg Noble Assembly. In December 2019 it became a modern cultural and educational center with the effort of Teodor Currentzis and musicAeterna, who aimed to bring together creative and educational programs, signature experimental and research projects covering various areas of contemporary art. On June 3, Dom Radio will open a new exhibition space, The Gallery at Dom Radio, to host exhibitions and associated events.

viennacontemporary is a European contemporary art fair with a ten-year history, held annually in Vienna. It is one of the top 15 contemporary art fairs in the world according to Art Basel Report 2018. The fair specializes in Central and Eastern European art and attracts galleries of all sizes, from emergent to blue chips. In 2020, viennacontemporary was one of the rare fairs to be held offline that year, bringing together 66 galleries from 16 countries.

musicAeterna is a musical collective founded by conductor Teodor Currentzis in 2004. The ensemble consists of musicians from 12 countries and 20 Russian cities. The repertoire of the musicAeterna orchestra and chorus includes famous masterpieces of early music, iconic works from the 19th and 20th centuries and experimental works created by contemporary composers. The orchestra and choir participate in prestigious international festivals and perform at the best concert venues in Russia and around the world. Since the fall of 2019, musicAeterna has been working as an independent ensemble, funded by sponsors.

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