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ART4.RU, Contemporary Art Museum

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In June the first privately-owned art museum in Russia was opened in the centre of Moscow; the owner Igor Markin is attempting to fill the shoes of the legendary pre-revolutionary industrialist Pavel Tretyakov who opened his private art collection to the general public and founded the Tretyakov Gallery, one of the most popular museums in Russia. Markin estimates his investment in the just-opened temple of art at USD 10 million. The holdings of the museum consist of a collection of Russian art from the late 1900s, owned by the founder and comprising several hundred works by Soviet nonconformists as well as examples of Russian contemporary art. A visitor entering the room is first greeted by Explanation Board, a 1984 painting by Ilya Kabakov; next to it you will see works by the Paris-based Erik Bulatov and other Moscow conceptualists, and, of course, quite a few things by Alexander Vinogradov and Vladimir Dubossarsky, the currently most fashionable painting duo in Russia. Social Realism, art of the post-Perestroika period, works of contemporary Russian art: it's all there; all media of the 20th and 21st century art are represented. Unlike other similar art institutions elsewhere in the world, ART4.RU does not conform to the generally accepted principle of allotting each work of art sufficient space to stand out and breathe, as it were; at Markin's museum walls are covered in art from ceiling to floor. The owner explains that he doesn't want museum-goers to pay for empty air; visitors are entitled to as much art as they can possibly get for they money, he says. You must have already figured out: the name of the museum stands for Art for Russia.

ART4.RU
4 Khlynovsky Tupik

www.art4.ru

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