The gallery “Khors” was opened on July 14, 1995 by artist Selishchev Mikhail and lawyer-economist Natalia Selischeva, the artist’s mother, in Rostov the Great.The mission of the gallery “Khors” is the promotion of experimental art, made in different materials: enamel, oil, acrylic.
“Khors” Art Gallery was organized in 1995 by Mikhail Selishchev, an artist from Moscow. Today “Khors” consists of the artist’s studio, exhibition spaces and guest rooms with a garden and a Russian bathhouse. Creative flow and brotherhood of all artists are the foundation ideas of this gallery.
The museum is open to visitors every day from noon till 8 p.m. After 5 p.m. everything closes in Rostov except for restaurants and cafes. This is the best time for evening strolls around the city, where you can enjoy the beauty of Rostov and see an art exhibition.
The museum building
Gallery and Museum are located in a two-storeyed wooden merchant house, a typical end of 19th century Rostov building. It is one of the few houses on the waterfront that managed to survive the hard times of 20th century, a hurricane in 1953, and most importantly massive brick building construction of the historical city center. The house was severely damaged in the times of communal living. It had no single owner but eight tenant families living in it. In the early 90s the house was in an emergency situation and was a subject to demolition. In 1992 it was partially rented, repaired and in 1995 an exhibition hall was opened on the second floor. Residents of Rostov called it a museum and began bringing old 19th century clothes and objects. These objects started to form the museum’s collection. Things accumulated and were put in a room named Maiden’s room. The core of the collection consists of objects of weaving that show the entire process of creating clothing from flax. A spinning-wheel, loom, knitting machine and other objects related to the production of homespun clothing are presented. There is also a collection of trunks, a samovar, old ceramics and glass as well as photos of the middle class Rostov end of 19th century. All these things hold warmth and history to the touch.
The first ten years apart from the exhibitions were devoted to the difficult legal registration of the house and land. My mom Natalia Fyodorovna Selishcheva was very close to this. Many letters and requests were sent to different instances. There was also a long trial for land. The whole chronology of this time is set forth in the book: “Khors is an art gallery. Ten years of life with the Snake Gorynych.”
In 2007, Mikhail Selishchev’s second album “Enamels, Collages, Objects” was released, where all the enamels created in 1992-2007 were collected.
10th anniversary of the Khors House of Art. Holiday “Children of the Sun”, July 31, 2005.
Conference “Artistic object in the urban environment”, 21.08.06.
Exhibition “Rostov – the soul of Russia”, Delhi (India), October-November 2006.
Project “Alphabet”, summer 2007.”Khors” art gallery.
International symposium on artistic enamel in Rostov, June 2008.
Project “Reflections”, August 6, 08-August 16, 08.The Kenozersky National Park.Organizer M.Selishchev.
The action in defense of the mosaic “Adam and Eve” by F. Buch, December 2009.
The project “Rostov – Russian Vertograd”, dedicated to the anniversary of the city.Gallery “Khors”.
Awarded the First Prize for a series of works “The Troyan Trail” M. Selishchev at the exhibition LibrArt, Libramont (Belgium), September 21 – 30, 2012.
International Symposium “EXPERIMENTAL ENAMEL” at the Krakow Academy of Arts, Poland, 11 April 2013.
From August 27, 2013 to September 8 in the village of Ganowce, in the foothills of the Tatras (Slovakia), the First International Land-Art Symposium dedicated to the Neanderthal man took place.
Main prize at the Csemadok-2014 festival M.Selishchev for the “Troyan trail”.
Birthday of the Khors House of Art (Rostov the Great). 20 years together.
The first prize (mixed technique) in the Autumn Salon in Paris in autumn 2015. for the work “Paris and Elena” from the series “Troyan trail”.
March 24, 2017 in the city of Jáchymov (Czech Republic) opened the Art Gallery “Khors”
The exhibition of experimental enamel “22”
The project “Territory of Inspiration” was launched on June 24, 2017 in Strážnice (Czech Republic)