The Best Contemporary Art Galleries in Moscow

The Appearance of Christ to the People by A Ivanov, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
"The Appearance of Christ to the People" by A Ivanov, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. | © Maurice Savage / Alamy Stock Photo
Dasha Fomina

Moscow’s art scene is deliciously exciting and no longer limited to the obligatory the Tretiakov Gallery and Pushkin Museum. If you’re a dedicated art-lover, then the names of the Garage Museum and Artplay Design Centre probably ring a bell. But there are still some other gems worth discovering. Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.

Solyanka VPA

Art gallery

Founded in 1988 and located in a beautiful neoclassical building, the Solyanka State Gallery is just a five minute walk from the Kremlin. On display there are works by Russian classical artists, rare pieces from private collections and works by emerging young artists. Solyanka is an artist-run space that focuses on video, animation and performance art. The gallery is a host to the annual performance festival PYRFYR, has its own performance school and impressive educational projects.

Regina Gallery

One of the oldest and most influential private modern art galleries in Moscow, Regina Gallery was founded by Regina and Vladimir Ovcharenko in 1990. Ever since then the gallery has been promoting contemporary art, commissioning exciting cross-media projects and collaborating with leading Russian and foreign artists. Whenever you choose to come here, you’re sure to see some of the best exhibitions in Moscow. So if you find yourself near the Winzavod art district, Regina gallery is an absolute must-do.

1, 4th Syromyatnichesky pereulok, Moscow, Russia, +7 (495) 228-13-30

Galerie Iragui

Galerie Iragui had been a Paris-born nomadic gallery till 2008 when internationally acclaimed curator Ekatherina Iragui decided to settle down in Moscow. Since then the gallery has been mounting exhibitions of works by young French artists. Along with that it showcases art by European and established Russian creators.

7/7-5, Malaya Polyanka, Moscow, Russia, +7 (495) 238—27—83

RuArts

An artwork in its own right, RuArts gallery is an absolute must-do for all art-lovers. Opened in 2004, this fascinating venue with state-of-the art interiors, described as “architectural contrast showers” features some of the finest works by modern artists you can find in Moscow. The gallery showcases works of Russian and international talent with a focus on photography, experimental media and video art.

1-y Zachatyevskiy Pereulok, bld.10 , Moscow, Russia +7 (495) 637-44-75

K35 Art Gallery

K35 Art Gallery first opened its doors to public in 2008. Since then it’s been a host to over 20 exhibitions and art-projects, that feature works by both celebrated artists of the 20th century and emerging talent. The gallery is also known for its pop-up art projects in Moscow, Venice and Milan, highly participatory educational projects, and charity work.

MSK Eastside

Art Gallery

MSK Eastside was founded in 2012 by an international team which includes gallerist Wildrik Batjes, photographer Ja’bagh Kaghado and artist ZAK Kaghado. The project proved a success and in 2016 the team opened the second gallery space right in the center of Moscow. MSK Eastside mostly works with young artists: here you’ll get a chance to discover new names and see emerging trends in contemporary painting, photography and installation. Beside that the gallery mounts spectacular exhibitions of established international talent.

Perevedenovskiy per., 18, Moscow, Russia, +7 499 34 34 507

The Lumiere Brothers Centre for Photography

Founded in 2010, the Lumiere Brothers center for photography comprises 1000 square meters of exhibition spaces dedicated to 20th-century Russian and foreign photography. Located in Moscow’s hippest cultural hub, based on the premises of a former chocolate factory Red October, this is the centre of gravity for all photography lovers, where you can not only admire the fantastic exposition, but also buy a rare book on photography or watch a groundbreaking documentary.

Bolotnaya nab., 3 стр. 1, Moscow, Russia, + 7 (495) 228-98-78

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