The Central House of ArtistsRussian: Tsentral’ny dom khudozhnika or Центральный дом художника (CHARussian: TsDKH or ЦДХ) is one of the most popular contemporary art exhibition associations in Moscow, and indeed in all of Russia. It comprises the exhibition centre proper and the Gallery of 20th Century ArtRussian: Iskusstvo XX veka or Искусство ХХ века, which is part of the famous Tretyakov GalleryRussian: Tretyakovskaya galereya or Третьяковская галерея. The CHA exhibition facilities, some of which belong to private galleries today, offer temporary exhibitions of paintings, sculptures, design, photography, etc. Works created by artists from Russia and the former Soviet republics are amongst the most popular exhibits.
Located within the Muzeon Park of ArtsRussian: Park iskusstv “Muzeon” or Парк искусств «Музеон», the CHA building boasts an exhibition area of 9,000 sq m and 27 rooms, as well as a movie, a concert hall and a press centre. Nearly 300 exhibitions are held every year, with an annual traffic of almost one million people. The CHA Contemporary Art ClubRussian: Klub sovremennogo iskusstva or Клуб современного искусства offers workshops led by experts in contemporary art and design on a regular basis. The centre holds movie evenings, concerts, festivals, meet-the-artist sessions, workshops, symposiums and lecture events. There are bars, a restaurant, and even a billiard room in the complex.
ORIGIN AND HISTORY
The construction of the Central House of Artists was completed in 1979 and it has been the focus of both Muscovites and tourists ever since. During the 1980s, it successfully housed exhibitions from a number of internationally renowned artists: Salvador Dali from Spain, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Yves Saint Laurent from France, Giorgio Morandi and Jannis Kounellis from Italy, Francis Bacon from the UK, Günther Uecker from Germany, Robert Rauschenbers and James Rosenquist from the USA, and many other modern artists.
Four international art salons were received by the CHA halls between 1998 and 2001, and a number of exhibitions by artists from CIS states have also been hosted here. Exhibitions featuring private collections have always aroused public interest. The CHA has been one of the main centres of attraction for Russian private art collectors and sculptors as well as for artists of various degrees of popularity over the last 40 years.
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Strong ties with foreign colleagues allow the CHA to import new artworks from all over the world. This cooperation is carefully fostered and is very fluid in its nature. CHA activities contribute significantly to the evolution of international relationships in fine arts and the promotion of Russian painters.
The galleries CHA, StorkRussian: Aist or Аист, ElysiumRussian: Элизиум, Russian Avant-Garde of the 1910s–1930sRussian: Russkiy avangard 1910-1930 godov or Русский авангард 1910-1930 годов, Schatz’i, The Four SeasonsRussian: Vremena goda or Времена года, OreadsRussian: Oready or Ореады, Art UnionRussian: Art-Soyuz or Арт-Союз, and many others always arouse the interest of visitors. The diverse exhibitions at CHA will astound you with the abundance of artists featured here, the topics, displays and methods. It can be a selection of paintings by the same artist, or arts and crafts from exotic countries, or a combined exhibition of different genres like painting, sculpture, ceramics and photography. Your imagination will be boggled by exhibitions of abstract or minimalist art, surprisingly neighboured by a display of vintage toys. Dozens of artists sell their paintings to fans in the embankment by the CHA building. The CHA also has a pinacotheca, which is a branch of the Tretyakov Gallery, keeping works of some famous artists of the early and mid-20th century, including Kazimir Malevich, Marc Chagall, Robert Falk, Aleksandr Deyneka, Vera Mukhina, Vladimir Favorsky, and many others.
In case you have a special interest in photography, applique, Japanese kusudama, fabric painting or jewellery making, you can get a lesson from experts who can create a small masterpiece of applied art. Children are especially keen to try this sort of thing but adults will also enjoy being guided in their art by professionals.
The CHA art salon offers everything an artist may need for their work. Picturesque fairs and captivating shows are a standalone pleasure, full of souvenirs, toys, jewellery and other exciting things to explore. The CHA promises that any visitor will find something that interest them among the exhibitions and events offered, whatever their mood or state of mind might be.