Nikola-Lenivets Classroom

Xenia Adjoubei

Kaluga Region, Russia
54.748515, 35.599680

Summer Classroom 05 – 18 July 2021

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Nikola-Lenivets Art Park is an open-air museum located 200 km from Moscow in the Ugra National Park. It began as a community of artists 20 years ago, among them Nikolay Polissky, who makes extraordinary large-scale works of art in the landscape using local materials and labour.

The park hosts festivals of art, architecture, and music and the 650 hectares of fields and forests, as well as 3 villages, are maintained thanks to a circular arts economy. Nikola-Lenivets Art Park has been a test-bed for sustainable practices in contemporary art and architecture, landscape and forestry over the last 20 years, and a sanctuary for the values of village life.

The Nikola-Lenivets Classroom is an education and research centre, set in the working environment of the Park, which analyses and documents the practices that have developed there, as well as proposing future ways of living and working in the new rural condition with the help of emerging technologies.

The current programme, entitled The New Rural, uncovers the tendencies underpinning development and underdevelopment in rural areas, such as re-wilding post-agricultural land, new technologies in farming, social and collective artforms and the insertion of the global art market into the countryside.
The Nikola-Lenivets Classroom is run by architect, educator and Free Unit researcher Xenia Adjoubei.

  • summer school researchers in the Ugra National Park
  • participants in front of Beaubourg, by Nikolay Polissky, completed 2013
  • Sliced White Pavilion, constructed by the 2017 Summer School
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