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In St. Petersburg, discussed the work of outsider artists

5 September in the Hermitage theater hosted an international Symposium on “Outsider art and inclusive practices in the Museum”.

On the basis of the state Hermitage, foreign and domestic speakers discussed the issue of the work of artists and sculptors-the outsiders. Discussed such issues as the place of outsider art in the contemporary world and the Museum and what they can do for people with disabilities. 5 Sep on these topics is made by Jean-Hubert Martin, Hope Myankova and Sara Lombardi.

Greeted the audience asked the General Director of the State Hermitage Mikhail Piotrovsky.

— For many people with autism art is the only way to communicate and the ability to show the richness of his inner world. A striking example – the wonderful Japanese artist Sawada Shinichi, the exhibition which opened today in the foyer of the Hermitage theatre. We must create all conditions to ensure that people with disabilities were able to visit our Museum to participate in its work, perhaps to give him something new and important. Today’s Symposium will definitely help us in the implementation of these plans, because here are the best world practice, — said Piotrovsky.

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Another key event of the day was the opening of the exhibition “Shinichi Sawada. Images from the depths of consciousness.” The work of Sawada is in major collections of art of outsiders (Het Dolhuys, Haarlem and the Collection de l’art Brut, Lausanne), exhibited in the framework of the 55th Venice Biennale (2013). The co-organizers of the exhibition was also sponsored by the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Amsterdam Outsider Art Museum and the HEINEKEN company.Now the residents and guests of St. Petersburg have the opportunity to personally see some of his sculptures.

Program syposium is divided into two days-5 and 6 September. Tomorrow the participants will have the opportunity to learn about the social responsibility of museums, new approaches to working with artists and visitors.

Anastasia Chernova

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Photo: Anastasia Chernova / IA News