The Moscow Museum of Modern Art was officially opened in 1999 and is Russia's first national museum dedicated to 20th and 21st century art. The museum has 3 exhibition halls with a collection of more than 12,000 items, including works by Russian artists Malevich and Kandinsky, and Spanish artists Picasso and Dali. The picture on the right is "Black Line" by Kandinsky in 1924.
The main building of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art was built in 1793. It is a neoclassical building that was originally the residence of Russian businessman Mikhail Pavlovich Gubin. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Zurab Tsereteli, the dean of the Russian Academy of Arts (RAKh), proposed the establishment of a modern art museum and the site of this building. In December 1999, the main museum of the museum was officially opened, and the first collection was more than 2,000 20th-century artworks donated by Tsereteli.
In December 2003, the first branch of the museum was officially opened, located in the former building of the Moscow Institute of Architects at No. 17 Ermolaevsky Street. In 2007, the second branch gallery "Zurab" was opened. This was the studio of the museum's founder Zurab Tsereteli, who lived and worked here from the 1960s to the 2000s.
Exhibition hall and collection:
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art focuses on the collection of modern art from the 20th to the 21st century. Most of its collections are works by Russian artists, but there are also works from Western artists such as Picasso and Dali, with a total collection of more than 12,000 pieces.
The main hall of the museum has permanent exhibitions, divided into 20th century Avant-garde art, Soviet "Non-conformist art" from the 1960s to 1980s, and contemporary new art.
"Anti-traditional art" is the core display in the permanent exhibition. "Socialist realism" in the former Soviet era is the only officially recognized art form. "Avant-garde" such as abstract art and conceptual art are banned. Many Soviet artists insist on free creation and call it "unofficial art." Other branches mainly hold temporary exhibitions and cultural activities.
The fare for the branch at Ermolaevsky Street 17 is 350 rubles for full tickets and 150 rubles for discount tickets. The ticket price of the other branch "Zurab" gallery is 150 rubles for full tickets and 50 rubles for discount tickets.
In addition, there is also a Zurab Tsereteli Studio Museum at 15 Bolshaya Gruzinskaya Street in Moscow. There are three floors of exhibition halls that exhibit more than 250 paintings, sculptures and enamels. The exhibition is arranged by Zurab Tsereteli himself, and the exhibits are changed from time to time. The independent ticket price is 150 rubles, and the opening hours are 11:00-19:00 every day, 13:00-21:00 on Tuesdays, and closed on the third Monday of each month.
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