On my first year in the city, some time ago, after I had heard stories about the city during the end of the Soviet Union, I started wondering “where can I find the chaotic environment of ’90s in Saint Petersburg?” Soon thereafter, I found the answer at Pushkinskaya 10.
We were walking from Moskovskiy Vokzal (train station), at Ploschad Vosstaniya (square), looking from restaurants to coffee shops, when I saw a metallic door covered by posters of concerts, conferences and exhibitions. We went through. Passing the bar, where different concerts take place almost every day of the week, there was “John Lennon” Street, decorated with an image of the musician and surrounded by the artistic residence buildings. There, signs point to some of the institutions founded by members of the center as The Museum of Nonconformist Art and the Museum of Sound.
The history of the Pushkinskaya 10 Art Center goes to the last years of the USSR, between the ’80s and ’90s. At the time, a group of artists tired of being ignored by the local establishment took the abandoned building at Ligovsky Prospekt and from there they began developing the countercultural heart of Leningrad. Nowadays, it has international prestige and artists from around the world come here to spend some time learning and sharing their experiences. Walking into the center is possible to talk with them in their workshops. There are also temporary exhibitions all the time and other events.