Museum collection


Erarta's museum collection contains 2800 contemporary works of art (defined as created between 1945 and present time) by more than 300 artists from over 20 regions of Russia. Contemporary paintings, contemporary sculpture and other contemporary art forms such as collage, object, installation, video art and science art are represented in the collection. We aim to show the world that Russia is still home to extremely talented and authentic artists whose work deserves to be admired by the widest possible audience. We don't only focus on Moscow and Saint Petersburg but also discover and showcase artists from all over the country — for instance, the museum's main exhibition project, entitled “Russia in Erarta”, showcases contemporary art of Krasnodar, Perm, Novosibirsk, Samara, Stavropol, Rostov-on-Don and many others.

With the passing of time, contemporary works of art become “classic” — for example, like those created by Andy Warhol, and we believe that many works from our collection, created in their majority by living Russian artists, will also become ingrained in the fabric of the history of art. This is because they all have deep meaning and their creators have something worthy to tell the viewers and their impulse will find resonance with both today's public and future generations. Each work in the museum collection must meet three criteria simultaneously — firstly, we must truly love it; secondly, we must truly believe that it's an outstanding piece of art — the kind of work that is on the level of those that go on to be recognised as the best pieces of their era. And thirdly, we must be able to clearly explain to our viewers why we believe the first two viewpoints apply.

Erarta is the only Russian museum of contemporary art represented in the Google Art Project (only three museums in St. Petersburg were selected by Google: besides Erarta, only the State Hermitage Museum, the Russian State Museum made the list). Detailed information about the museum's collection is available on the full version of our website or on the Google Art Project webpage (featuring a virtual tour of all the exhibition spaces).

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