[From Arts Journal Does this sound familiar?
"St Petersburg’s contemporary art scene is at “a
low point”, said Dmitri Ozerkov, the head of the State Hermitage
Museum’s contemporary art department. Ozerkov was speaking during a
public discussion at the Hermitage Museum earlier this month.
The decline, he said, “is connected to the fact that
many have left for Moscow, or gone abroad, for various reasons that we
won’t discuss now.” He also pointed to the lack of an art market in St
Petersburg. “And then, of course,” he said, “it is very difficult for
those artists who have remained, because, even if they are brilliant
people they… often [they] don’t have any international contacts.”
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