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Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, Glasgow

Categories: Art Galleries, Museums
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4.7/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web
SHARMANKA (Russian for Barrel-Organ) was founded by sculptor-mechanic Eduard Bersudsky and theatre director Tatyana Jakovskaya in St.Petersburg (Russia) in 1989. Audiences in many countries have been fascinated by its magic, and based in Glasgow since 1996 it has gained a reputation as one of the city’s hidden treasures.
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  • Just simply the most amazingly wonderfully magically wired experience! Characters made from wood, metal, moving, dancing, staring at you, talking to you. Light patterns, reflections, shado...  read more »
  • A combination of carved figures, scrap metal, old sewing machines, lighting and music make for a unique experience. Well worth the £6 admission money but visit at night as some of the biggest exhibits...  read more »
  • A remember to those times of them barrel organs and of them watches humor that we loved of children for which have already with some years. Much symbolism in each of the mobile sculptures. I recommend reading before carefully sheets which explain each of the stages of the exhibition. You may not like people not affected to the art or history. Ask in advance the hours of representations.
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  • One of Glasgow's secret treasures. This is NOT arty farty! A room full of crazy performing machines built from scrap by a lovely Russian artist called Eduard. Don't even try to read too much into them but you will probably absorb a little russian history by osmosis. Go with an open mind and let the sound and movement and bells tell yourself a story. If there is one. Eduard is not sure either!! Inside some, little rat sculptures will operate levers and wheels and in others wee skeleton figures drive steam engines. Children love the machines. 3 years and up like seeing all the bits moving and its a great option for a rainy day. Go to the shorter show if you are worried about attention span. Cafe cossachock is downstairs and you can have a wee russian themed afternoon. You might love it, you might hate it but you will never know unless you go.
  • nice art gallery, a little fat of the city centre. small shops in the gallery
  • This is a fantastical and very unusual collection of creations. I loved the carved creatures and the light display of various colours, synchronized with music and the sound of the performing exhibits. It is a fascinating and touching journey exploring the human condition which includes elements of Soviet history and works dedicated to the artist's friends from the past. Unique and wonderful!
  • This place is really magical, all the sculptures are so intricate and strange before they move but it is such an amazing experience to see them come to life! It it not open every day but you can phone ahead to book a ticket. Very well worth while as there is nothing else like this.
  • This is an amazing place, showing the work of Eduard Bersudsky, an extraordinary sculptor and engineer from St Petersburg. His sculptures are quite unique and to see them gathered here makes for an unforgettable experience. An unmissable part of Glasgow's art scene.
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