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The 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries in Moscow

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Updated: 3 August 2017
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.
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Solyanka VPA

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.

½ Solyanka Street, bld. 2, Moscow, Russia, +7 (495) 621-55-72

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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

Используя керамику, как основную технику, Александр Кутовой придает образам, характерным для монументальной скульптуры, форму статуэток, выставленных на домашних консолях в каждом доме в Советском Союзе. А вышивка для Тани Ахметгалиева является своеобразной графической техникой, которая обладает особым символическим значением — это аллегория сложных взаимосвязей между объектами и людьми. Мы любим наших художников за их стремление экспериментировать с разными материалами, создавая тем самым свой неповторимый художественный стиль. #reginagallery #александркутовой #таняахметгалиева

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Gary Tatintsian Gallery

In 2005 Gary Tatintsian, a collector and art dealer, moved his gallery from New York to Moscow. It’s no surprise that the exhibition space soon became one of the most talked about locales in Moscow’s art scene. Gary Tatintsian focuses on contemporary art and showcases works and projects by American, European, and Japanese artists and sculptors.

Serebryanicheskaya nab., 19, Moscow, Russia, +7 495 645-44-04

Courtesy of Gary Tatintsian Gallery.

Courtesy of Gary Tatintsian Gallery.

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Art4

Founded in 2007 by Igor Markin, ART4.ru was Moscow’s first private museum of contemporary art to open in the city center. The museum houses an impressive collection of more than 1,000 works by major Russian artists such as Oleg Kulik, Vladislav Mamyshev Monroe, Ilya Kabakov and around 150 others. In December 2015 ART4 reinvented itself as “the museum that sells art” and half a year later launched an online auction site for contemporary Russian art. Even if you’re not interested in buying, the gallery is worth visiting: every month there is a new solo exhibition of one of the artists from its celebrated collection.

Khlynovskiy tup., 4, Moscow, Russia, +7 (499) 136-56-56

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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

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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

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Pechersky Gallery

Pechersky Gallery was founded by curator and art collector Marina Pechersky in 2011. The gallery supports young Russian and international artists, such as Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Danila Tkachenko, Tim Parchikov, Daria Krotova, Maria Agureeva and Masha Shubina. Also, every year it chooses one curatorial project to focus on.

4 Syromyatnicheskiy Lane 1/6 | CCA Winzavod, Moscow, Russia, +7 (495) 280-07-72

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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.

Bolshoy Savvinskiy lane 12, bld. 6, Moscow, Russia, +7 499 678 23 07

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MSK Eastside

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

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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