Hidden Art Spaces

House of Alexander Petlura

House of Alexander Petlura

The House of Alexander Petlura in Moscow is an institution, a living space, a museum, a theater, an exhibition space, a gallery and a meeting place for intellectuals, artists and art lovers of different generations. Legendary performances have taken place there over the years by artists and actors from all over the world.



A very different art space is the one that is currently being formed in the industrial city of Magnitogorsk, where the city administration is opening the industrial powerhouse up to the world.
The steel city on the Ural River is using art as a chance to reinvent the city. Graffiti artists from around the world have come to create works on the huge facades of downtown buildings. The art brightens up life for city residents and also contributes to a new understanding and identification of Magnitogorsk for the outside world.
The Austrian Cultural Forum in collaboration with Art University Linz (Austria's own steel city) worked so that four Austrian youngsters — Oliver Naimer, Andreas Tanzer, Jonas Fliedl and Daniel Rappitsch — could create their own personal artistic greeting to Magnitogorsk. Everyone should check out this city in its current state of artistic development.

Studio Burakova

Studio Burakova

Studio Burakova plays an essential role as it allows experimental artistic works to be shown unofficially, very often by the artists themselves. The art space was created around artist David Ter-Organyan and is located in an old Moscow industrial space that is partly still in use. A number of artists (among them Alisa Yoffe, Svetlana Shuvaeva and Alexandra Galkina) share the spacious studio and invite Russian and foreign artists for residences, organize concerts and film screenings, and set up exhibitions that are among the most important in Moscow.

The VGLAZ independent association of artists

The VGLAZ independent association

The VGLAZ independent association of artists was established in 2010 by a group of contemporary artists (Gosha Ostretsov, Liudmila Konstantinova, the Yelikuka group, Georgy Litichevsky, the PG group and others). The goal was to create an independent venue for experiments by artists who are striving to develop a personal identity outside the context of government institutions and commercial galleries.
The KOP studio at a former plastic factory, where the group's artists mostly work and hold their events, has a room for visiting artists and curators as well as a workshop where artists make sculptures, art objects and artistic furniture. Master classes are held here for those who want to learn how to work with wood, metal and plastic.
The freedom of creation, independent criticism and self-analysis are the defining elements of the group, which includes about 20 artists between 20 and 60 years old. Despite their age differences, the artists work together very well, submitting their works for regular exhibitions and auctions. They also create contemporary, classical and experimental music, host parties and self-defense exercises. 

Brown Stripe Apartment Gallery

Brown Stripe Gallery

The Brown Stripe Apartment Gallery is a joint enterprise between photographer Pyotr Zhukov, who is also a member of the art group Vverkh, and artist Yekaterina Gavrilova. Located in the northern outskirts of Moscow close to the ring road that surrounds the city, the gallery was set up as a haven for art that could never get into the bigger, more official galleries. Founded in 2006, the gallery has hosted artists from Ukraine as well as Russia, including Alexandra Sukhareva (see Page 8 for one of her works).
White Cube Minsk

White Cube Minsk

"I conceived the concept and organized the exhibition in collaboration with V. Kruchinsky based on the idea of creating new gallery premises from arbitrarily selected spaces. The exhibition we organized took place in my self-proclaimed Refrigerator gallery and consisted of 17 galleries, or 'Jars,' where different artists had their personal shows. The exhibition was named 'White Cube Minsk' after the refrigerator brand and united 17 micro, one-man shows in the jar galleries," says Varvara Gevorgizova, curator of the Refrigerator gallery.

Svetlana Gallery

Once upon a time, the well-known Vsevolod Lisovsky was leaving after a visit when he sat on the stool in the cupboard to tie his boots. He sat down, tied his boots and said: "Oh, how good it is here."
I said to him: "Do you think we should open a gallery here?"
Him: "Uh-huh!"
And that's how the gallery came about.
Svetlana Gallery opened in the apartment of artist Svetlana Shuvaeva in the summer of 2013. In the past year the gallery, in a small cupboard in the corridor of the apartment, has hosted 17 exhibits by Russian and foreign artists.

Russia - Austria 2014
Russia - Austria 2014
The Austrian season of culture, which took place in Russia in 2013 and 2014, gave artists from both countries an unprecedented opportunity for creative exchange and joint projects. The cooperation of institutes and artists from all areas of culture expanded far beyond the framework of particular events.
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