Relaxing 24 / 2019
Life is hard. It is full of stress. Only a well-timed rest can save our health. Kuril Chto, while exploring the subject of relaxing 24/7, went on an expedition to the outskirts of St. Petersburg. Of all the explored types of rest the artist chose fishing. He integrated it in the museum space. As a result, it turned out to be a very complicated cross-disciplinary site-specific art experiment.
Ossuary / 2017
When making this war, Kuril Chto was inspired by the movie “Kostnice” (“The Ossuary”) directed by Czech filmmaker Jan Svankmajer. The film explores the tradition of decorating chapels with human skeletons. A small museum room is adorned with plaster copies of bones and skulls. It reminds us of The Sedlec Ossuary in Czech Republic. A chandelier copies the look and structure of the enormous one made by František Rint in the 1870s.
Just as monks make sacrifices for their faith, some people are ready to sacrifice everything in order to help start a revolution. However, this can have sorrowful consequences. Nowadays, tens of thousands of human skeletons play only a decorative role in the chapel and have become bait for tourists. In its turn, the revolution that occurred 100 years ago has become only a memory reflected in art pieces.
The Street Art Museum / 2016
The Street Art Museum has been in operation for three years already. But what separates it from classic street art is impossibility to place street art in a display area so that it would stay truly “street”; and what separates it from a classic museum is the fact that the Museum rarely reflects upon artists’ work features.
In this project, we are trying to imagine how this museum would look like if it was more traditional.
Given that the Museum team members are the ones who control the production of the exhibitions and have an access to all the objects used by the artists, they can conserve those important and interesting elements of their work which tell a parallel story about the art objects at the Museum. Kuril Chto team has collected these objects in one space.