The art scene is Moscow is currently thriving with many excellent art galleries. Contemporary art in Russia is experiencing an unprecedented boom. Art galleries and museums are good places to engage with some Russian classical and contemporary art pieces. Find out more about Moscow’s best art galleries with Haute Living guide.
1 Garage Center for Contemporary Culture
Garage is a space that hosts important contemporary art exhibits by artists like Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami. It was founded by Roman Abramovich’s girlfriend Dasha Zhukova and is curated by Mollie Dent-Brokleherst. Garage organizes lectures, film screenings, performances, workshops and regularly invites guest artists to take part in its exhibitions. Garage has already awakened comparisons with New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art and London’s Tate Modern.
2 Winzavod - Moscow Centre for Contemporary Art
Winzavod consists of seven buildings with a total space of 215,000 square feet located on privately owned, gated property. Four of the country's most prestigious contemporary galleries moved here as soon as the space was open: XL, Aidan, M&J Guelman, and Regina. Five more galleries have recently opene. Winzavod is also home to artists' studios, a photography studio, an advertising agency, an avant-garde clothing store, a styling school, an art supply store, a bookstore and a stylish art-cafe. Designed as an art-cluster, Winzavod Centre for Contemporary art concentrates the best art resources of the city creating conceptually new art environment attractive for wide audience.
3 The State Tretyakov Gallery
The State Tretyakov Gallery is the national treasury of Russian fine art and one of the greatest museums in the world. The Gallery's collection consists entirely of Russian art and artists who have made а contribution to the history of Russian art or been closely connected with it. The collection contains more than 150 000 works of painting, sculpture and graphics, created throughout the centuries by successive generations of Russian artists. Russian art works, ranging in date from the 11th to the early 20th century, are on the show in Gallery's historic building on Lavrushinskiy Pereulok. New building of the Tretyakov Gallery at Krymskiy Val houses a unique museum exhibition of national 20th century art.
Lavrushinsky Pereulok, 10, www.tretyakovgallery.ru
4 Moscow House of Photography
Moscow House of Photography is an art museum wich maintains a large collection of old and contemporary Russian photographic masterpieces. It is the only Russian Museum, which has chosen the strategy of festivals and broad scale projects. It conducts scientific conferences on history and theory of photography, master classes and consultations with leading masters of national and foreign photo art.
5 Triumph Gallery
Triumph Gallery is located in an historic 19th century mansion. It represents a number of Russian artists and, through our exhibitions programme, aim to show the best of international contemporary art. Inside that art gallery you will find Damien Hirst, Chapman brothers, Rembrandt and, certainly, plenty of Moscow artists.