Russia's top graffiti artists collaborate
at Perm museum
PERMM, the museum of contemporary art in Perm, has opened
a new major exhibition showing the work of a number of street
artists from major cities across Russia. Entitled Transit
Zone, the exhibition will be the last to be shown in the city's
former river boat station, which has been the site of the
museum for the last five years.
The exhibition involves 28 artists and art groups from the
Russian cities of Perm, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Novosibirsk
and Moscow, showing works by prominent artists including Timofei
Radya, Kirill Kto and graffiti collective Zuk Club. In addition
to the Russian participants, the exhibition will also showcase
Ukrainian street artists Gamlet Zinkovsky and Roman Minin.
The two Ukrainian artists made a name for themselves in Perm
following their numerous graffiti works and their collaborative
street art project Homer, which was painted on the now demolished
Curator of Transit Zone Nailya Allakhverdieva said: "The museum
is located on the threshold of a moving boundary, opening
its doors to the city, collecting the art of the country's
street artists on its walls. The interpenetration of the museum
and the city creates a 'transit zone'. The street art turns
itself into a museum, and the museum becomes pliable, and
like urban space, gives the artists its walls. In fact, the
artists' work is more collaborative, all parts of it are connected
to each other."
During the exhibition, the museum has organised several special
events, including a film on street artists, a virtual tour
of street art projects in Russia and an educational programme
exploring street art.