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 The PRO ARTE Foundation holds about 250 events annually. Those include lectures, master classes, exhibitions, concerts and conferences at PRP ARTE premises and in Peter and Paul Fortress, but also in other museums, galleries and concert halls in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Krasnoyarsk, Pertrozavodsk, Vyborg, and other Russian cities.

HANS GÜNTER MERZ (GERMANY) “Trash/Treasure: Reanimating Objects”


Lecture Hall of the General Staff Building, the State Hermitage Museum 6/8 Dvortsovaya Sq., St. Petersburg

HANS GÜNTER MERZ (GERMANY) “Trash/Treasure: Reanimating Objects”

Ruhr Museum, UNESCO World Heritage Zollverein. Essen, Germany © Brigida González

The State Hermitage Museum
The PRO ARTE Foundation
Goethe-Institute in St. Petersburg
Supported by the Vladimir Potanin Foundation

“Trash/Treasure: Reanimating Objects”

12 October 2015 (Monday) at 6:30pm
Lecture Hall of the General Staff Building, the State Hermitage Museum
6/8 Dvortsovaya Sq., St. Petersburg

Hans Günter Merz, Prof Dr (hon), is a founder and director of hg merz architekten museumsgestalter. After studying architecture in Stuttgart, he worked and researched in the fields of alternative construction approaches and experimental buildings in Germany and the USA. HG Merz was Professor for Exhibition Design at University of Applied Sciences in Pforzheim and for Experimental Design at Technical University Darmstadt. Currently, he is the President of the University Council of Bauhaus University Weimar and teaches and gives lectures to various audiences around the world.

Founded in 1981, his office specializes in exhibition and museum design, visual communication, and media planning. In addition, HG Merz concentrates on renovating and enhancing significant historic buildings. In every project the object itself is in the centre of attention – be it building or exhibit. Supporting the object‘s aura, carefully equilibrating the old and the new, making the different contexts talk is the key approach for all works of HG Merz. Major listed buildings projects include the Old National Gallery Berlin, Berlin State Library, and Berlin State Opera. Some of the projects, like Concentration Camp Sachsenhausen Memorial and Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial, integrate exhibition and renovation work. The office‘s museum projects cover different fields, cultural history museums (e.g. Ruhr Museum Essen, Military History Museum Dresden) as well as art museums (e.g. Kunstkammer at Art History Museum Vienna) and brand museums (e.g. Mercedes-Benz Museum Stuttgart). In his projects, HG Merz often cooperates with other architects such as Daniel Libeskind, UNStudio, and BIG. He curates exhibitions, creates master plans for museums, and provides consultancy to both clients and architects.

Lecture is a part of the Museum Bridges program.


Contacts: +7 812 233 0040, +7 812 233 0553 
For press: press[at]proarte.ru

Activity Type :  Music / Architecture
Supported by:  Vladimir Potanin Foudation


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