ART-RESIDENCE WITH A DISPLAY SPACE, STUDIO AND INSPIRING COUNTRY HOUSE

May 13, 2014
Posted in Architecture

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Sergey Gridchin, the founder and mentor of “Gridchinhall” art centre, left Moscow for a village on the riverside 4 years ago. Though he has been collecting works of art for many years, he has never thought himself a collector. Perhaps, that’s because his interests are not bound by traditional limits of definite styles and epochs. Now, in the quiet of the countryside he is free to study contemporary art and work on its promotion.

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Construction activities in Gridchin’s art residence started without any preliminary plan to never stop again. Authorship to the project belongs to the master himself. He keeps the process under his steady watch and makes prompt editions under the guidance of his friends-architects. A hut, which has already been here at the moment of purchase, was safely shifted to another place to become a framework for the master house. The hut along with a built-on part of the house was boarded, and the building of showroom and studio was faced with cement bonded particle boards. The next step was the arrangement of office and guest spaces next to the living zone, which are still on the stage of decoration.

Just as exhibits come and go in the showroom, the master house and office interiors keep changing as well. Fortunately, the art residence allows for frequent changes of mood. By the way, most of the furniture items were made from the owner’s drawings right here by a travelling cabinetmaker.

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The art country house features even a hen house, which gives shelter to a pack of black Chinese hens and Hamburg cocks. Judging by the artifacts found in this place, it used to be a blacksmiths shop.

Work process here flows in a more comfortable and hasteless pace than in the city. Besides, countryside time-management enabled the master to amuse himself enough with purely rural pastimes.

Logically enough primary role on the territory of the art centre is assigned to art of different kinds — from paintings and sculptures to ancient applied and decorative arts.

Artlet.com is a project for future online and offline platforms for selling works of art. In its countryside office chief interior accent is placed on carpets. Some of them were exhibits of The Carpet is the Message project, which was dedicated to carpets as an integral part of suburban household and a symbol of national culture.

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Along with the construction of the master house launched was the erection of the second building — “Gridchinhall” art centre with a creative studio for artists-residents. In Russia, where art market is still not shaped, young artists face multiple difficulties. Such an art country house gathers talented creative people, tutors, mentors and the public under one roof.

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The studio for artists-residents is located above the showroom and serves plenty of versatile functions: experimental, educating, commercial and cultural.

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