Installations constructed from various objects throw shadows in which silhouettes of people, animals and even whole city panoramas can be easily guessed. These are quite popular in the USA and Japan, but so far little known in Russia and European countries. To get acquainted with the mysterious art of shadows, the people of St Petersburg and their guests can now visit a new thematic museum. Yulia Metelskaya became interested in this unusual direction of art while studying for her Master’s degree in “Management” at St Petersburg University. When she found out there was no museum with such kind of works, she decided to create it herself.

The museum opening took place in May this year and was timed to coincide with the 315th anniversary of St Petersburg.\

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Source: the website of the Museum of Shadows.

“As it turned out, everything is possible, if desired, and the brain very quickly starts generating interesting ideas when you are engaged in creativity every day,” said Yulia Metelskaya, a graduate of St Petersburg University.

In June 2018, she defended her master's thesis on artificial intelligence; and is now managing the Museum of Shadows. Her Bachelor's Degree programme was “Liberal arts and sciences”. From the second year she started to work as a teacher of memory development and speed reading. She then received an offer from Ernst & Young and began to combine teaching and auditor work, and also participated in international academic exchanges.

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Source: the website of the Museum of Shadows.

The Museum of Shadows is dedicated to one of the trends of modern art - shadow art. The artists working in this sphere create unusual pictures with the help of a beam of light and various, sometimes simple objects. Now in the museum art space there are more than 30 exhibits such as "Cities of the World", "Famous People" and "Petersburg of Shadows". Some installations have been created by Jordanian artists and came from the United Arab Emirates, others are made by Russian artist Ekaterina Alekseeva. But most of the art objects have been made by the founders of the museum.

Yulia Metelskaya notes that the Museum of Shadows develops creative thinking, an unconventional view of the world, and teaches to find new images in the things which seem understandable and obvious in everyday life. Plunging into an atmosphere of confrontation between light and shadow, its visitors get an opportunity to see themselves and everything that surrounds them from an unexpected side.