Moscow Museum of Modern Art is the first state museum for contemporary art in Russia. It concentrates its activities on the art of XX and XXI centuries. Museum has opened on December of 1999th.
The museum has been founded by the Moscow city government and president of Russian Acadamy of Art Zurab Tsereteli has become its founding director. Actually the Tsereteli’s private keepings of more than 2000 works has become the core of museum’s collection. Later the museum’s collection has been enriched and now it continues to grow through acquisitions and donations.
The building of MMOMA on Petrovka street
The building of MMOMA on Ermolaevsky lane
The museum has several exhibition spaces in different spots of Moscow. The main building is on Petrovka street, and there’re spaces on Gogolevsky and Tverskoy boulevards and on Ermolaevsky lane (Patriarshie Ponds). Now the museum is headed by Zurab Tsereteli’s grandson Vasily Tsereteli and because of his work the museum has begun to play a really great role on the Moscow art scene.
The patio of MMOMA building on Petrovka street
The wide number of artists which works are in museum’s collections is quite impressive for relatively young museum. There’re graphic pieces by Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Joan Miró and Giorgio De Chirico, sculptures by Salvador Dalí, Armand and Arnaldo Pomodoro, paintings by Henri Rousseau and Françoise Gillot, and istallations by Yukinori Yanaga. Russian avant-garde works have been acquired in European and American galleries and auction houses, and thus returned from abroad. So the highlights include paintings and objects by Kazimir Malevich, Marc Chagall, Natalia Goncharova and Mikhail Larionov, Pavel Filonov and Wassily Kandinsky, Vladimir Tatlin and David Burliuk, sculptures by Alexander Archipenko and Ossip Zadkine. Also the museum owns a unique collection of works by the Georgian artist Niko Pirosmani.
The creative activity of non-conformist masters of sixties-eighties is represented with works by Ilya Kabakov, Anatoly Zverev, Vladimir Yakovlev, Vladimir Nemukhin, Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid, Oscar Rabin, Dmitry Krasnopevtsev, Leonid Schwartzman, Oleg Tselkov, and more. The newest artistic developments are presented with works by our contemporaries. Now this part of the keepings displays pieces by Boris Orlov, Dmitry A. Prigov, Valery Koshlyakov, Vladimir Dubossarsky and Alexander Vinogradov, Oleg Kulik, Viktor Pivovarov, Andrey Bartenev, and many others.
A piece of exhibition «Socialist realism: Inventory of an archive», art of the 1930s-1940s from the collection of ROSIZO. 2009-2010, MMOMA, curator: Zelfira Tregulova
The exhibition «Citizens! Don’t forget, please!», Dmitry Prigov. Moscow Museum of Modern Art. 2008, MMOMA, curator: Ekaterina Degot
Some years ago the museum launched a special education program, it’s the «Free Studios» School of Contemporary Art. The two-year schedule includes practical activities in creative workshops, as well as lectures on contemporary art, studies of the art market and the new technologies in visual arts, and a broad range of issues of contemporary culture.