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Monday-Tuesday 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. (only for organized groups)

Wednesday – Sunday 10.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.

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Temporary Exhibitions

The exhibition hall of the Universe of Water Museum is located in the right annex to the Water Tower.


20 December 2016 - 30 January 2017

Exhibition of Petersburg artists “Frosty Droplets of the Russian Winter”

The exhibition showed creative works by members of the Union of Artists performed using different techniques: oil, watercolors and graphics. In their works, the exponents followed the traditions of modern and folk art

One of the exponents at the “Frosty Droplets of the Russian Winter” was Mikhail Devyatov, a well-known Russian painter, honoured artist of Russia, professor of Repina Institute, and member of the St. Petersburg Union of Artists. His artworks can be found in the Russian Museum, the St. Petersburg State Museum of Dramatic Art and Music, the State Museum of St. Petersburg History, and in private collections in Russia and abroad.


12 October – mid-December 2016

Exhibition of creative works by Vodokanal employees and members of their families: “Water – Source of Inspiration”

Traditionally, the exhibition is held in autumn and timed to coincide with the anniversary of Vodokanal St. Petersburg (10 October). In 2016, the exponents numbered nearly 60 people aged 5 to 83 years.

The exhibition comprises paintings, graphics, photos, appliques of combined materials, ceramic articles, specimens of quilling, scrapbooking and decoupage techniques, pictures made of fluff, knitting, and tapestries.

Models of the Twelve Apostles battleship and the Phoenix brigantine (ship modelling technique) were remarkable exhibits. Their author is Valeriy Antonov, emergency repair 5 category technician of the St. Petersburg Wastewater Disposal Branch.

For the first time ever, the exhibition showed bags made of genuine leather  - reconstructed specimens of XI-XIII centuries’ articles (the author – Elena Nikolenko, senior foreman of the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant).

Sergey Bagayev, emergency repair 5 category technician of the St. Petersburg Wastewater Disposal Branch (former student of the Water College), produces ingenious models of Vodokanal’s motor vehicles. Sergey exhibited models of Scania sewer-cleaning vehicles.


30 July – 25 August 2016

Photo exhibition “Reflection: yesterday, today, evermore”

The author of photographs and sculptures made of natural materials is Vladimir Kabanov, deputy director of Security Department, SUE "Vodokanal of St. Petersburg". Since 2003, Vladimir Kabanov has been a permanent exponent at exhibitions of creative works by Vodokanal employees. In 2015, he presented photos made by his son Andrey in addition to his own works.

The subjects of the photos shown at the exhibition “Reflection: yesterday, today, evermore” are quite diverse. They feature event photography, still-lifes, pictures of animals, and different photos taken in Norway, Kamchatka, Paris and, of course, in Petersburg.


20 – 24 January 2016

Public festival of patchwork “Tradition” 

The objective of the festival is to collect patchworks by the world’s best masters in one place, to discuss new (and traditional) patchwork techniques and to draw public attention to patchwork as a standalone style of decorative applied art. The first public festival of patchwork named “Tradition” was held in St. Petersburg in 2012.

Competitive works were presented at the festival in two nominations: “Traditional quilt” and “Modern vision of traditional techniques and ornaments”. The works were evaluated by several parameters: skills in patchwork, and interesting compositional and coloristic solutions. In total, 72 works were presented at the competition.

The festival participants were individuals and teams from Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Germany and USA. The Russian participants represented Moscow, St. Petersburg, Velikiy Novgorod, Volgograd, Togliatti, Voronezh, Krasnodar, Vologda, Cherepovets, etc.


14 – 27 November 2015

XIII regional exhibition of artworks by elderly and disabled people “Good Hands Craft”

“Good Hands Craft” is a socially significant project giving the elderly and disabled (including those who live in residential care homes) a chance to demonstrate their talents, strengthen their ties with the surrounding world and get a feeling that the society needs them.

The main focus of the exhibition was the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory. Among the exhibits are the patchwork panel “Glory to the Heroes”, the painting “Grief”, and paper models of warships.  

All in all, the exhibition displayed nearly one thousand works made in different techniques: floral design with sunflower seeds, cross-stitch, bead weaving, knitted chain appliques, patchwork, ornamental toys, textile paintings, Volkhov paintings on wood, birch bark pictures, decoupage, wool watercolours, modular origami, “dreamcatchers” and a host of other things.  


28 October - 9 November 2015

Exhibition “Finding at the Far Side of the World”

From 28 October to 9 November, Vodokanal’s Information & Training Centre hosted a unique exhibition “Finding at the Far Side of the World”. The visitors could set forth on an exciting journey to the time of ancient invertebrates, reptiles, amphibias, and, of course, look at a unique Yamal finding: baby mammoth Lyuba.

The exhibition displayed articles from the archeological, ethnographic and natural history collections of the Yamal Museum & Exhibition Complex named after I.S. Shemanovskiy. The replica of baby mammoth Lyuba was the gem of the exhibition.

The baby mammoth Lyuba is a fossil female woolly mammoth found by the reindeer herder Yuriy Hudy in Yamal Peninsula on the upper reaches of the Yuribey River in May 2007. He named the finding after his wife. The baby mammoth is unique because it is the best preserved fossil mammoth ever found: the body is intact except for its pelage and trotters. The unique exhibit will introduce visitors to the Ice Age inhabitants and the mode of life and anatomy of mammoths and their contemporaries.

An interactive zone with various games and demonstration of animated movies and scientific documentaries was set up for children.


23 September - 12 October 2015

Exhibition “Water – Source of Inspiration”

The 12th exhibition of creative works by Vodokanal employees displayed different works of applied art: appliques of combined materials, ceramic articles, specimens of quilling, scrapbooking and decoupage techniques. A makeshift bicycle was one of peculiar exhibits.  

The exhibition was record-breaking both in terms of exponents: almost twice as many as in any previous year, and in terms of the number of presented works. All in all, 116 people aged 6 to 79 years offered over 500 works for the exhibition.


15 January – 8 February 2015

The exhibition “Valaam. Portrait. Landscape”

The exhibition features paintings and artistic graphic works by the artists from Kiev, a married couple Tatiana Gavrilenko and Vladimir Isupov. Among the paintings are nearly 40 portraits of well-known personages of the Russian Orthodox Church including the brethren of the Valaam Stavropegial Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Savior, and over 50 Valaam lanscapes. The majority of artworks were created during two previous years after the artists had visited Valaam and conversed with the brethren of the monastery.

Tatiana Gavrilenko graduated from the Kuban’ State University Painting and Graphics Department. She uses different techniques – pastel, acryl, watercolours, or oil – for her works. Tatiana Gavrilenko has issued two series of works commissioned by the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius and devoted to the history and present days of the Lavra. Tens of portraits of famous musicians and theatre actors have been created by her. Works by Tatiana Gavtilenko can be found in Zaporozhskiy Art Museum and in private collections in Russia and abroad.

Vladimir Isupov is a graduate of the Art Department of the Odessa Art College named after M.B. Grekov and the Art Academy in Kiev, he is member of the Ukranian Union of Artists. As a muralist, he created works of art in Kiev, Lvov, Rubezhniy, Krivoy Rog, Volgograd, Togliatti and the Northern Caucasus. Since 1990, he has been using a special technique: paper, watercolours, ink and gilt. Over 50 solo exhibitions: in Russia, America, Australia, Japan, Europe. Works by Vladimir Isupov can be found in art museums in Kiev and Sumy, and in private collections.

Photos of the exhibition opening ceremony can be viewed here.


17 – 28 November 2014

XII regional exhibition of artworks by elderly and disabled people “Good Hands Craft”

The exhibition displayed works by the elderly and disabled who live in the towns and settlements of the Leningrad Region (also in residential care homes). The exponents had been given one year to prepare their works for the exhibition.

The exhibition demonstrates different works made using both traditional techniques (wood carving, crocheting, tatting, quilt, etc.) and very peculiar materials. For example, visitors could see pictures made of poplar fluff, and embroideries – though made of ordinary threads, their color palette created an illusion of exquisite painting.  


6 – 30 November 2014

Exhibition of watercolors “The Gulf of Finland Wind”

Works by Petersburg watercolorists and artists from Finland, Estonia and Belarus were displayed. The paintings were dedicated to the exhibition. They depict not only the beauty of the vast expanse of the Gulf of Finland, but also people who live in the coastal area, sailboats gliding on its surface and a host of other things in relation to the Gulf of Finland.

Paintings by well-known Petersburg watercolorists: Konstantin Kuzema, Yuriy Shevchik, Lyusya Kovaleva-Kondurova, and Yevgeniy Dubitskiy, could be found at the exhibition. Estonia, Finland and Belarus were represented by the artists Irina Yugolainen, Rein Mägar, Gennadiy Lapin, Valentina Näsi, Alexander Karpan and others.


19 September – 19 October 2014

Artwork Exhibition “Nearby Sea” of the Central Navy Museum   

The exhibition presents 27 paintings dedicated to the historical events which happened in the Gulf of Finland water area, and six ship models created in XVIII, XIX and XX centuries. The authors of the paintings are famous marine painters.   

There is one of the few landscape paintings by N.E.Bublikov “The tenth wave” and painting “Racing of yachts “Uchyoba” and “Praktika” by G.V. Gorshkov among the exhibited works.  Cadets of the Leningrad naval schools had their annual summer practical courses on yachts “Uchyoba” and “Praktika”.   The copy of the painting by A.P.Bogolyubov is dedicated to the Battle of Gangut on 27 July 1714.  The Battle of Gangut was the first sea battle of the newly built  Russian galley fleet.   A Russian rowing fleet under Fedor Apraksin captured schout-bij-nacht Nils Ehrenschiöld and all the ten Swedish ships.  The painting by S.V. Pen (copy of painting by L.D.Blinov) represents a group of new ships in Tranzundsky raid. There are the newest   Baltic Fleet ships floated out at St.Petersburg shipyard in 1880s in the painting. 

Among the ship models, you can see three models which once belonged to the Romanov family. For example, the topsail iceboat for sliding on ice was owned by Grand Duke, general admiral Alexei Alexandrovich. It was made at New Admiralty Model-Making Workshops in 1834. Iceboats were widely used for sliding on ice in the Gulf of Finland. 

The model of deck boat “Uvalen” built in 1862 for teaching the grand dukes sailing in the water area of the Gulf of Finland was made in the Navy Museum’s Model Workshop in   1871. It belonged to the grand duke, later-emperor Alexander Alexandrovich, the future emperor Alexander III.   The grand dukes went sailing on such boats across the Gulf of Finland as trainees.

Two models of water carrier for Kronstadt Harbour are also exhibited here. Such units were used to transfer water to ships.    

The exhibition was opened in the frames of the Gulf of Finland Year 2014.


2 October – 5 November 2013 

The exhibition of works by the artist Mihail Chemiakin “The World Hidden in Drops of Water” 

The exhibition displayed 49 works by the artist executed in mixed media (ink, pencil, watercolor), 16 giclees (giclee is  a printed author’s work  performed using up-to-date computer technologies that provide the reproduction of over 16 million colors), as well as 8 original porcelain plates that had been made at the Imperial Porcelain Factory and  painted by Chemiakin’s sketches.

Looking at the bizarre forms of water splashes the artist worked on this graphic series over 10 years; he drew fantastic images and created a world of children’s fairy tales populated by cheerful and good-natured creatures: gnomes, water nymphs, fish-cats and cat-fish.

The organizers – SUE “Vodokanal of St. Petersburg” and the Mihail Chemiakin Foundation.  This exhibition was associated with the 155th anniversary of Vodokanal (the Company history dates back to 10 October, 1858).  


9 July - 4 August 2013.

The exhibition by Tatiana Gavrilenko. “Portrait. Valaam”

The exhibition showcases 28 portraits of the well-known representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church including the brethren of the Savior Transfiguration Valaam Monastery. Most of these pictures were painted within the last two years after Tatiana Gavrilenko had visited the Isle of Valaam.

Tatiana Gavrilenko graduated from the Kuban State University; she lives and works in Kiev. The artist performs her works in different methods - pastel, acrylic, watercolor, oil.

By order of The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius Tatiana Gavrilenko performed two series of works dedicated to the past and present of the Lavra. She painted dozens of portraits of prominent music and theatre figures. Works by T. Gavrilenko can be found in Zaporozhsky Art Museum and private collections in more than 15 countries around the world.

The organizer of the exhibition was SUE “Vodokanal of St. Petersburg”. This exhibition continued the tradition of placing art exhibitions dedicated to The Isle of Valaam (“Portrait. Valaam” – the fifth exhibition) on the premises of the Universe of Water Museum Complex. In particular, in April 2012, the complex hosted the exhibition “Valaam in Images”.  Over 50 paintings and drawings made by Russian realist artists during their trips to the Isle of Valaam were presented to the audience. And in November 2009, visitors to the museum complex could see the exhibition of drawings and paintings “Life-Giving Spring” dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the reopening of the Valaam Stauropegial Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration.  


16 January– 3 February 2013

Exhibition of doll’s houses “New Atlantis”

St. Petersburg designers of miniatures – houses, room boxes and three-dimensional pictures – presented to visitors their view of the city of the future, city on water.  

For instance, Tatyana Chernova disclosed the potential of an old suitcase and a travelling bag. She roomed in them her St. Petersburg compositions: “Christmas in an Old St. Petersburg” and “The Fontanka River in spring”.

Viktoriya Lukyanova – a designer of miniature interior items and furniture – demonstrated to the visitors her “Illusion”: a small room, where boundaries of the space seemed to be expanded. Visitors also had an opportunity to see a unique composition roomed in an old radio set “Year of 1955” designed by a famous book artist Elena Potanina.

It was not by chance that the title of the exhibition was “New Atlantis”. In search of new ways of living on the planet a human being turns to waters. People start to design environmentally-friendly cities on water with their own ecosystems.

About 25 members of St. Petersburg Puppet-makers Association as well as representatives of other unions and doll’s houses designers from other cities of Russia participated in the exhibition. Cosy miniature interiors designed by those artists helped us to return for a little while to childhood, to the world of fairy tales and magic. The exhibition was organized by St. Petersburg Puppet-makers Association in cooperation with SUE “Vodokanal of St. Petersburg”.


Please note! There is a possibility to organize in the exhibition hall of the Universe of Water not only exhibitions but also various activities, conferences and other events. The exhibition hall holds 150 persons. Equipment: a full set of audio equipment, remote control of presentations, microphones in the hall. 

For more information related to the organization of exhibitions, please, tel.:+7 812 438-43-75 (Monday-Friday, 9.00 – 18.00).