Visiting art galleries or museums is not the type of tour that everyone likes to do, but I think it is important that we get to know at least one of these places in each city we visit. Paulo and I really like cultural tours, mainly to learn more about the art of each region we visit.
Moscow does not have so many art galleries, but the ones that do exist are incredible and very diverse. As I already mentioned some of the places in the post about tourist spots in the city, I will mention others that were missing and that are geared towards art, be it contemporary or old.
The Garage Museum, as soon as it was opened, was not called a museum, but rather a center of contemporary art. After a few years it finally gained museum status and is considered one of the most influential in the country. It currently occupies a building in which a restaurant from the 1960s operated. The space has been restored and has a new look!
One of the most interesting things about this place, in addition to the variety of exhibitions by Russian and international artists, is the “Do it Moscow” project. It was created in 1993 by Hans Ulrich Obrist and seeks to involve and encourage local communities to participate and interact with the art world.
Multimedia Art Museum
Focusing mainly on photography, the Multimedia Art Museum is one of the most incredible places in Moscow. The exhibitions are always very varied and, most of the time, seek to value Russian photographers. The museum also hosts some photography festivals, such as Photobiennale and Fashion and Style in Photography.
The rooms are full of beautiful photographs and they also have newer rooms that use multimedia and video features. Ah, there are also exhibitions about the life and culture of Russia, both now and in the past. This is a great program for those who enjoy photography and like to spend time watching other people’s work and artistic points of view.
MSK Eastside Gallery
In search of valuing new talents in the country, MSK Eastside Gallery mixes works by emerging artists with others already established. The installations hardly follow a pattern, so the exhibitions are quite different from each other. You can find a bit of everything: graffiti, sculptures, photographs or more traditional paintings.
This mix between new artists and others already known and also from other countries is very interesting. You can see, in one place, different styles and perspectives. The alternative artistic vision that they provide to visitors is incredible!
Moscow Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art
The Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art brings together several art and photography galleries. If you want to see everything, I recommend that you reserve a good part of your day for this, especially if you are the type of person who spends a few minutes analyzing a work. The center occupies the space of two old factories, so some environments are very industrial and more rustic.
Among the most well-known galleries there are pop / off / art, Regina, Triangle and also Fine Art. Each of them has very different works, so I think it is cool that you know at least three. In some spaces there are cafes and small shops, so it is a very complete and pleasant walk.
The Arsenal Palace is a different museum from the others on this list, but still very curious. It is inside the Kremlin and is packed with historical objects. For those who love history, for example, this place is paradise.
There you will find several works and objects that portray a little how people lived at that time. For you to have an idea, clothes from the tsars, thrones full of diamonds, armor, carriages and various household items are on display. I think it’s super cool to be able to visit such a place and imagine the daily lives of those people in the past.
Art always says a little about each place, so I recommend that you visit at least one of these spaces. It may seem like a boring activity to some, but it’s nice that you go on at least one of them 😉