Exhibitions to Visit This Week

From the avant-garde, to decorative art, to contemporary artists—Moscow museums have a lot to offer.

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Avant-Garde: On a Cart to the 21st Century

Museum of Russian Impressionism

Open until May 22.

The exhibition ‘Avant-Garde: On a Cart to the 21st Century’ is a reconstruction of a large-scale avant-garde art exhibition left forgotten in the Vyatka Province a hundred years ago. The museum showcases more than 100 works by prominent representatives of the Russian avant-garde from the collections of the Vyatka Art Museum, the State Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Tatarstan, and the Slobodskoy and Yaransk Museums of Local Lore.

The project harks back to the events of the turbulent post-revolutionary period, when the Soviet government actively collaborated with avant-garde artists, seeing them as a driving force for the promotion of communist ideas and acquiring their works for metropolitan and regional museums. In October 1921, more than 300 items from Vyatka, Moscow, Petrograd and Kazan were brought to the 3rd Travelling Art Exhibition in the city of Sovetsk, Vyatka Province (Kirov Region). This public showing, unprecedented in the number and composition of works, was to continue in other cities of the province. A month later, the masterpieces were sent on carts to the neighbouring city of Yaransk, but due to problems with financing and bad roads at the onset of autumn, they were left in the local museum and forgotten for almost 100 years.

Visitors can see newly rediscovered masterpieces by Wassily Kandinsky, Alexander Rodchenko, Nikolai Feсhin, Ivan Kliun, Alexandra Exter, and other masters.

The museum operates in sessions. It is recommended to buy tickets online in advance.

Tickets: 450–500 RUB; students of Russian universities 200–250 RUB; 25% discount with an ISIC card

Opening hours:

Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat, Sun: 11 am – 8 pm; Wed, Thu: 12 pm – 9 pm

Address: 15 Leningradsky Prospekt, Building 11; 15–20 minutes’ walk from Belorusskaya metro station.

Last Chance to Visit: ‘Precious Watches and Snuffboxes’

State Historical Museum

Open until March 28.

The exhibition presents watches and snuffboxes by famous European masters from the collection of the Historical Museum. These objects were once a must-have accessory, emphasizing their owners’ style and social position. World-famous Breguet watches are the highlight of the collection. The snuffboxes, jewel boxes and other household items presented at the exhibition are made of precious metals, porcelain and rare types of stone.

Tickets: 200–800 RUB

Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 10 am – 6 pm; Fri, Sat 10 am – 9 pm

Address: 1 Red Square

Grisha Bruskin: Change of Scene

New Tretyakov Gallery

Open until July 24.

Grisha Bruskin is a contemporary Russian artist who studies the life cycle of cultural, historical and ideological mythologies. The nine halls of the exhibition host installations that are reminiscent of a theatre enfilade. In his work, the artist uses the ancient metaphor of the ‘Theatre of the World’, where the new era destroys the old civilisations and builds a new anthropology.

Grisha Bruskin is a painter, sculptor, creator of objects and installations, winner of the Kandinsky Prize (2012) and participant of the Venice Biennale (2017). His works appear in the Tretyakov Gallery, the Russian Museum, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, the Art Institute of Chicago, MoMa, and other collections across the globe.

Tickets should be bought online in advance.

Tickets: 300–500 RUB, students 300 RUB;

Opening hours: Sun, Tue, Wed 10 am – 6 pm; closed on Mondays; Thu, Fri, Sat 10 am – 9 pm.

Address: 1 Krymsky Val (Oktyabrskaya or Park Kultury metro stations)