“New Anthropology” exhibition views. I.P. Pavlov Institute of Physiology Science Museum, Koltushi, Leningrad Oblast. 2019


Curator: Irina Aktuganova

Producer: Anna Apollonova

I.P. Pavlov Institute of Physiology Science Museum, Koltushi

27.09.2019 onwards

“New Anthropology” is a permanent exhibition at the I.P. Pavlov Institute of Physiology Science Museum in Koltushi, organised by curator Irina Aktuganova. The project is based on a synthesis between contemporary art and scientific research. A great deal of preparatory work preceded its implementation and public presentation: artists selected by an expert panel during an open call collaborated with scientists and participated jointly with them in the ensuing professional events. The exposition was set out on the ground floor of the constructivist Old Laboratory building — a listed historical and architectural monument of the 1930s. The participants attempted to maintain the research institute’s peculiar atmosphere by taking a delicate approach to the integration of works of art into its spaces. The dramaturgy of the exposition develops from formal science art to site-specific installations, where the viewers can give free rein to their feelings and ponder the place of human beings in a technological world. The first floor of the Old Laboratory houses a memorial museum dedicated to the life and work of the scientist Ivan Pavlov, resident in Koltushi from 1924 to 1936. Pavlov — an academician and the first winner of a Nobel Prize in the field of physiology and medicine — played an instrumental role in the establishment of the institute here which later took his name. A science festival was prepared to mark the opening of the exhibition, with a programme comprising popular lectures on science and art, master classes, guided tours and film screenings.