Moscow has over a hundred modern art galleries. Funded by sponsors and private funds, many modern art museums have become Moscow’s top exhibition venues over the past decade, including the Garage Museum, the Vinzavod Cultural Centre and the Institute of Russian Realist Art.
In present-day Moscow, classical large-scale museum spaces, such as the Central House of Artists or the Manege Central Exhibition Hall, neighbor chamber galleries, for instance, the Rigina Gallery and the Ekaterina Cultural Foundation. Another group of exhibition spaces include ambitious art clusters (Vinzavod and Artplay, among others) featuring exhibition and lecture halls, small galleries, cafés and bookstores.
Moscow’s Intellectual Centres
Located on the premises of a former plant, this Centre targets design professionals. Approximately 10% of its total area accommodates multimedia and other exhibitions aimed at maintaining the Centre’s cultural image. Visitors to this facility, can not only see exhibitions, but also walk around designer shops and have a bite in conceptual cafés.
Flacon Design Factory.
This former plant is a cult venue for creative young people in Moscow, where they meet friends and go to unconventional cafés. On the territory of this design factory there is Lumiere Hall, a multimedia space that hosts exhibitions and film screenings, both in the daytime and at night, and puts on lectures and seminars. Besides, Flacon is a well-known co-working centre.
Winzavod Centre for Contemporary Art.
Vinzapod focuses almost entirely on exhibition activity. Many of its galleries – Rigina, XL Gallery and Pechersky Gallery, to name but a few – have achieved individual popularity among modern art admirers. The Centre accommodates about a dozen of small and large galleries as well as an art supermarket and a café.
Major Exhibition Venues
Brothers Lumiere Photography.
With its three exhibition halls, a collection photography gallery, a bookstore, a library and a café, the Center holds regular exhibitions of the best works by Russian and international photographers and hosts the PhotoBookFest, which is Russia’s first photo book festival.
Red October Fine Arts Club Exhibition Hall.
This new hall in Red October opened its doors in 2017. It blends loft interior designs with authentic architectural details dating back to the 19th century. Today, the Hall holds exhibitions of modern Russian photographers and artists. As an example, the exhibition of Veniamin Golubitsky entitled ‘uLITSA’ (Street) took place here in Spring 2017.
Modern Photography in Moscow
Multimedia Art Museum.
The Museum’s collection is based on that of the Moscow House of Photography, opened in 1996. Over the last years, the Museum has held more than 1,500 photographic exhibitions. Affiliated with the Museum, the A. Rodchenko School of Photography also offers various master classes.
Many exhibitions, especially major art galleries, present information on exhibits in both Russian and English. The Multimedia Art Museum, the Garage and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art offer excursions in English. Film screenings in English are available at the Multimedia Art Museum and the Brothers Lumiere Photography Centre; the latter has a library with most of its books in English. The Garage Museum publishes its brochures in Russian and English and offers audio guides in English. English-language lectures on 20th- and early 21st-century Russian art are offered at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art.
Tickets to all the galleries and museums are sold at the entrance, and the listed major exhibition centres sell tickets online. Many websites have English versions, which makes buying tickets much easier. You can print the e-ticket as soon as you pay for it. Alternatively, you can give your order number to the cashier and get your ticket there.