Contemporary Art In Russia

Art exhibitions and auctions which took place recently showed that Russian contemporary art is one of the most promising and dynamic emerging sectors of the world’s art market, and the exhibition “Counterpoint, Contemporary Russian Art” in the Louvre Museum (Paris, France) which started on October 14, 2010 and lasts until January 15, 2011 is another striking demonstration of this fact. The exhibition was organized by the National Center of Contemporary Art in Moscow and the Stella Art Foundation (on the Russian side) and the Louvre Museum (on the French side).

“Counterpoint, Contemporary Russian Art” is the first exhibition in the Louvre of Russian artists who are alive at the time of the exhibition, something which is particularly significant since the Louvre has no department dedicated to Russian art. Twenty Russian artists were chosen for inclusion by the curator, Marie-Laure Bernadac, and they include such famous contemporary artists as: AES+F (an art group that works in the genre of installation, photographs and sculpture); Vadim Zakharov (a representative of Moscow Conceptualism); Erik Bulatov (one of the founders of Soviet Pop Art movement); Blue Noses (an art group that developed the “national contemporary art” project); Avdeu Ter-Oganian (creator of the “Inspection, Medical Hermeneutics” art group) and others.

Another exhibition of Russian contemporary art, “Modernikon: Contemporary art from Russia,” was opened in Turin, Italy on September 23, 2010. This exhibition includes young but promising Russian artists. Last year in London a new foundation was established, “Calvert 22.” The main task of Calvert 22 is to present contemporary art and culture from Russia and Eastern Europe.

These exhibitions show Russian contemporary art to the rest of the world. However there are not so many places where Russian people can see contemporary art in Russia itself. The biggest contemporary art centers in Russia are: The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow (established in 2008 in Moscow, in a building that was constructed in 1926 for the parking of public buses); The Moscow Center for Contemporary Art (opened in Moscow in 2007 in the building of an old brewery); The National Center for Contemporary Art (which was founded in 1992 with a head department in Moscow and 4 departments in other Russian cities); The “Pushkinskaya-10” Art Center (which began its work in 1989 in Saint Petersburg and is oriented towards noncommercial art).

Russia is the largest country in the world, with a long history and many traditions. Its influence on the world can’t be overrated and art is not an exception. If there is a Russian art exhibition in your city don’t miss it, and if you want to buy a piece of contemporary artwork you might want to take a look at Russian art.