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Moscow Museum of Modern Art

Moscow Museum of Modern Art

The Moscow Museum of Modern ArtRussian: Moskovskiy muzey sovremennogo iskusstva or Московский музей современного искусства (MMoMARussian: MMSI or ММСИ) is Russia’s first state-sponsored museum focusing on Russian and foreign art from the 20th and 21st centuries. Founded in 1999 with support from the Moscow City Government and the Moscow City Department of Culture, MMoMA has been among the leading cultural venues of the Russian capital for over 15 years.

The Moscow Museum of Modern Art was born out of Zurab Tsereteli’s private collection, who was a famous sculptor and president of the Russian Academy of Arts. The collection was structured in a way that made it possible to trace all the stages in the evolution of Russian and foreign modern art. The Museum’s policy is to gradually reveal its collection to the public through themed exhibitions and special events, thus making various forms of modern art easier to grasp for people at every interest level.

The Museum has four locations spread along the Boulevard RingRussian: Bulvarnoe koltso or Бульварное кольцо in downtown Moscow.

  • The main building is situated at 25 PetrovkaRussian: Петровка Street. This building houses part of the Museum’s permanent display and also hosts temporary exhibitions. The building is disability-friendly, and has been undergoing major renovation over the last few years.
  • Five floors have been allocated to the Museum in an early 20th century building at 17 Ermolayevsky side streetRussian: Yermolaevskiy pereulok or Ермолаевский переулок (MMoMA at Ermolayevsky). This building currently functions as MMoMA’s primary display area.
  • The gallery at 9 Tverskoy BoulevardRussian: Tverskoy bulvar or Тверской бульвар is located inside what used to be Zurab Tsereteli’s creative studio. It holds memories of Tsereteli, the guests who visited the studio and the atmosphere is filled with creativity. This venue is frequently used for various cultural events in Moscow.
  • The old building of the Russian Academy of ArtsRussian: Rossiyskaya akademiya khudozhestv or Российская академия художеств at 10 Gogolevsky BoulevardRussian: Gogolevskiy bulvar or Гоголевский бульвар was designed by Matvey Kazakovone of the most influential Muscovite architects during the reign of Catherine II. The building holds numerous international exhibitions, symposiums and conferences.

 

25 PETROVKA STREET


500_image2_sAt 25 Petrovka Street, exhibitions are held on a regular basis. This house is the former residence of merchants and was built in the late 18th century. Many prominent cultural figures visited it in the early 20th century, and it still holds these memories within its walls. The Museum’s rich collection includes works by Kazimir Malevich and Marc Chagall, Natalia Goncharova and Mikhail Larionov, Pavel Filonov, Vladimir Tatlin and many others, whose masterpieces were purchased at auctions and in galleries across Europe and the United States – they have now returned home.

At MMoMA on Petrovka, visitors can see works by Russian avant-garde artists as well as their contemporaries from other countries. For instance, the collection features brilliant graphic works by Fernand Léger, Giorgio de Chirico and Pablo Picasso, sculptures by Salvador Dali and Arman. Among other works housed in this Museum are those created by painter Niko Pirosmani and some by non-conformist artists from the 1960s-1980s (Ilya Kabakov, Oskar Rabin, Anatoly Zverev and others). The Museum aims to display every facet of the modern cultural scene, which is why it keeps up with emerging art trends and consistently expands its collection with the works of modern artists, including Viktor Pivovarov, Konstantin Zvezdochotov, Dmitri Prigov and others.

A. Bartenev on your personal exhibition, 2015.Exhibitions at 25 Petrovka street change all the time. One of the displays contains works by Antonio Gaudi (the man behind many of the famous buildings adorning Barcelona) and another features interactive installations by contemporary artist Alexandra Dementieva, who creates images in a really interesting, hi-tech way.

ERMOLAYEVSKY, GOGOLEVSKY, TVERSKOY

The building in Eromolaevskom laneThe MMoMA site in Ermolayevsky side street hosts no less sophisticated and significant exhibitions. The museum takes up 5 floors in this building and therefore, it is MMoMA’s main exhibition space. In 2017, visitors saw Valery Eisenberg’s retrospective project MIGRATIO. This exhibition displayed modern Russian art from this outstanding artist of the 80s, as well as the anniversary exhibition of prominent art photographer Sergei Borisov called ‘Zeitgeist’ in black and white, an extensive video installation by Alexandra Mitlyanskaya called ‘Between Past and Present’, and much more.

The old building of the Russian Academy of Arts at 10 Gogolevsky boulevard is a venue for numerous international exhibitions, symposiums, and conferences.

The gallery at 9 Tverskoy boulevard occupying the space of Zurab Tsereteli’s former workshop has a particularly creative air. For this reason, today this venue hosts significant events in Moscow’s cultural life.

On our website we have collected the most interesting Moscow events of the year. If you want to learn more about Moscow concerts, Moscow opera, Moscow ballet or to visit any famous Moscow drama theater, you will find a lot of useful information on our webpages.

THE MUSEUM’S MISSION STATEMENT

1 Andrei Monastyrsky in MMOMA on Gogol, 2011One of MMoMA’s objectives is organizing an extensive program of exhibitions where visitors can enjoy retrospective pieces by famous 20th century artists as well as works by amateur artists. There are also events featured as part of various festivals which vary in their scale and scope. The Museum works closely with young painters, supporting their endeavours with a two-year training course offered by the ‘Free Studios’ School of Modern ArtRussian: Shkola sovremennogo iskusstva «Svobodnye masterskie» or Школа современного искусства «Свободные мастерские» at 25 Petrovka Street. You can attend a series of lectures on Russian and foreign art of the 20th and 21st centuries, get to know the art market and new technologies in visual art and get a solid understanding of current issues in contemporary culture. Among other things, the Museum offers numerous activities for children. These include workshops, guided tours and training courses, available at the ‘FantasyRussian: Fantaziya or Фантазия’ Art Studio for children aged 5 to 12.

For adults interested in art, MMoMA holds lectures and workshops with renowned artists, curators and art experts, and also runs guided tours of permanent and temporary exhibitions. The main building also has a bookstall selling books and other printed materials about art, including those produced by the Museum.

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Location

Within Garden Ring

Nearest Metro Station

Tverskaya, Chekhovskaya

Address

25 Petrovka Street, Moscow

Website

http://www.mmoma.ru

Museum Opening Hours / Ticket Office Opening Hours

Daily: 12 pm-8 pm
Th: 1 pm-9 pm
Ticket office closes 30 minutes before the Museum closes.

Days off

Third Monday of each month

Ticket Price

From 50 to 500 rubles depending on visitor category and programme of visits.

Visiting Rules

Standard.

Gallery

Visitors to the Art Club
Moscow Museum of Modern Art at 25, Petrovka Street
Lecture Hall
Zurab Tsereteli
Yegor Koshelev. Window 93
Giosetta Fioroni. From Above at High Speed
Giosetta Fioroni. A Girl under the Stars
Giosetta Fioroni. Berlin Hat
Exhibition in Yermolayevsky Lane
Look at People Video Art
PLAYMMOMA Festival
Moscow Museum of Modern Art at 9, Tverskoy Boulevard. Facade
Sofya Nematerik. Young Lions Project
Lyudmila Gorlova's Happy End. 2000. One-channel video, colour and sound
Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Courtyard. Sculptures by Zurab Tsereteli. 25, Petrovka Street
Andrey Monastyrsky's exhibition. Moscow Museum of Modern Art on Gogolevsky Boulevard. 2011
Andrey Bartenev at his one-man exhibition in 2015
Tomorrow There Will Be No Water. Exhibition. 2013
The building in Eromolaevskom lane
Moscow Museum of Modern Art
Techne: A Dialogue between Contemporary Art and Science. Exhibition at the Open Innovations International Forum
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Featured reviews

Visitor rating:   4.5

February 2017
Rotating exhibitions are held in the building of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art on Gogolevsky Boulevard, there is no permanent display. This time we visited the exhibition of Alexander Burganov. Not only his sculptures, but also paintings were exhibited. The sculptor itself visited the exhibition. He gave autographs and spoke with visitors.

December 2016
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art is located in the center of Moscow, 5-7 minutes from the Kropotkinskaya metro station. Good space in which one room flow into another. Museum workers are constantly able to organize exhibitions of artists of the first magnitude.

September 2016
Finally, I saw something... What I liked, in this museum at the exhibition of Stefan Balkenhol! Impressive... Unusual technique of self-expression! It's original... Feeling that the living... like breathing! Every work with a MOOD!

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