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St. Petersburg's Edgy Revival

Inside the LowFat Studio showroom in St. Petersburg.

Photo: Frank Herfort


The new leading arts venue, Loft Project Etagi (74 Ligovsky Prospekt; 7-812/458-5005; loftproject?etagi.ru), is accessed by a hidden stairwell that leads to three galleries, an arts-oriented bookstore, and four spaces for major international exhibitions, including the upcoming “Golden Turtle,” featuring nature photography. Last year saw the opening of two museums, both on Vasilyevsky Island and devoted to modern art. Erarta (2, 29th Line; 7-812/324-0809; erarta.com), set in a 20th-century columned building on the western edge of the island, focuses on up-and-coming Russian talent. Novy Museum (6, 29th Line; 7-812/323-5090; novymuseum.ru), in a former residential building near the island’s metro stop, displays paintings and sculptures from genre-defining artists including Sots-Art duo Komar & Melamid. For a similar feel back on the mainland, there are eclectic galleries Rosphoto (35 Bolshaya Morskaya Ul.; 7-812/314-1214; rosphoto.org) and 100 Svoih (39 Ligovsky Prospekt; 7-812/719-9517; 100svoih.ru), set above a basement bar that’s known for sets by underground DJ’s. But the place to see the world’s emerging classical music talent is the Concert Hall at the Mariinsky Theatre (37 Ul. Dekabristov; 7-812/326-4141; mariinsky.ru), where the winners of this year’s Tchaikovsky competition will perform as soloists during the city’s White Nights festival (May–July).


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