Far Eastern Federal District

6 169 329.00 km²

Area

6 194 969

Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

68

Cities

Anadyr

The administrative center of Chukotka Autonomous Okrug

1 889

Established

20.00 km²

Area

14 899

Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
Climate

subarctic

Art museums, galleries, and exhibition halls:
  • Kaynyran Art Gallery;
  • Chukotka Heritage Museum Center.
Arts universities:
  • Children School of Arts of Anadyr City Districts.
Festivals of contemporary art:
  • in April 2013, a festival of contemporary art, organized by Garage, Moscow.
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Far Eastern Federal District

6 169 329.00 km²

Area

6 194 969

Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

68

Cities

Yakutsk

The capital of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)

1 632

Established

122.00 km²

Area

303 836

Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
Climate

extreme continental

Art museums, galleries, and exhibition halls:
  • The National Art Museum of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia);
  • MF Gabysheva Gallery of Foreign Arts;
  • Academic Osipov Picture Gallery.
Contemporary art museums and galleries:
  • Urgel Art Gallery.
Arts universities:
  • Arctic State Institute of Culture and Arts.
Festivals of contemporary art:
  • Yakut International Biennale of Contemporary Art BY;
  • Zero Arctic Biennale of Contemporary Art;
  • International Festival of Contemporary Ballet (Sakha Dance Festival).
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Far Eastern Federal District

6 169 329.00 km²

Area

6 194 969

Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

68

Cities

Khabarovsk

The administrative center of the Far Eastern Federal District

1 858

Established

383.00 km²

Area

611 160

Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
Climate

monsoon

Art museums, galleries, and exhibition halls:
  • Far Eastern Art Museum;
  • Fedotov Picture Gallery.
Contemporary art museums and galleries:
  • Rhizome Gallery of Modern Art and Design.
Arts universities:
  • Khabarovsk State Institute of Culture.
Festivals of contemporary art:
  • Day Festival;
  • ArtEast Festival of Creative Artists.
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Far Eastern Federal District

6 169 329.00 km²

Area

6 194 969

Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

68

Cities

Vladivostok

The administrative center of Primorsky Krai

1 860

Established

331.16 km²

Area

606 653

Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
Climate

monsoon

Art museums, galleries, and exhibition halls:
  • Primorsky Krai State Art Gallery;
  • Exhibition Hall of the Primorsky Krai Artists Union;
  • V.K Arsenyev Primorye State Associated Museum;
  • Museum of the City (Arsenyev branch).
Contemporary art museums and galleries:
  • Arka Contemporary Art Gallery;
  • Zarya center of contemporary art;
  • Artetage Museum of Modern Art.
Arts universities:
  • Far Eastern State Institute of Arts;
  • Vaganova Ballet Academy;
  • Primorye Regional College of Art;
  • Vladivostok School of Contemporary Art.
Festivals of contemporary art:
  • Defrost (2015);
  • PUSK Festival of Light Technology and Digital Arts.
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Siberian Federal District

5 144 953.00 km²

Area

19 324 031

Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

132

Cities

Novosibirsk

he administrative center of the Siberian Federal District

1 893

Established

505.62 km²

Area

1 584 138

Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
Climate

Continental

Art museums, galleries, and exhibition halls:
  • Novosibirsk State Art Museum;
  • City Center of Fine Arts;
  • Euro Gallery;
  • CHE Gallery;
  • First Gallery;
  • JAZZIUM Gallery;
  • Vincent Gallery;
  • Chastnaya Kollektsiya Gallery.
Contemporary art museums and galleries:
  • Loft NSK Contemporary Culture Center .
Festivals of Contemporary Art:
  • ART POWER International Festival of Contemporary Young Art;
  • Art-Taiga Festival;
  • International Triennial of Contemporary Graphics;
  • Zolotaya Kapitel;
  • Zhivaya Voda;
  • Yolki-Palki.
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Siberian Federal District

5 144 953.00 km²

Area

19 324 031

Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

132

Cities

Barnaul

The administrative center of Altai krai

1 730

Established

322.01 km²

Area

635 585

Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
Climate

Continental

Art museums, galleries, and exhibition spaces:
  • State Art Museum of Altai Territory;
  • State Museum of the History of Literature, Culture, and Art of the Altai;
  • Exhibition Hall of the Artists Union of Altai Territory.
Contemporary art museums and galleries:
  • Banderol Art Gallery;
  • Republic IZO Gallery;
  • Prospectus Gallery of Contemporary Art;
  • Otkrytoe Nebo Pavilion of Contemporary Art .
Art universities:
  • Altai State Institute of Culture.
Festivals of Contemporary Art:
  • ROZETKA Festival of Contemporary Choreography.
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Siberian Federal District

5 144 953.00 km²

Area

19 324 031

Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

132

Cities

Krasnoyarsk

1 628

Established

385.80 km²

Area

1 066 934

Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
Climate

continental

Art museums, galleries, and exhibition halls:
  • Surikov Art Museum;
  • Boris Ryauzov Museum;
  • AinArta Gallery
  • Romanovs Art Gallery.
Contemporary art museums and galleries:
  • Krasnoyarsk Museum Center;
  • Otdel Gallery.
Art universities:
  • Krasnoyarsk State Art Institute;
  • Branch of the Russian Academy of Arts;
  • V.I. Surikov Krasnoyarsk Art College;
  • Krasnoyarsk State Institute of Arts.
Festivals of Contemporary Art:
  • Krasnoyarsk Museum Biennial.
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Siberian Federal District

5 144 953.00 km²

Area

19 324 031

Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

132

Cities

Tomsk

1 604

Established

294.60 km²

Area

569 293

Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
Climate

Continental

Art museums, galleries, and exhibition halls:
  • Tomsk Regional Art Museum;
  • Art Gallery on Kartashov;
  • Gallery Astra;
  • House of Artists.
Contemporary art museums and galleries:
  • Siberian Branch of the National Center for Contemporary Arts.
Festivals of Contemporary Art:
  • VOKRUG Festival of Contemporary Art;
  • Territory T Festival of Contemporary Art;
  • Street Vision project.
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Siberian Federal District

5 144 953.00 km²

Area

19 324 031

Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

132

Cities

Omsk

1 716

Established

572.90 km²

Area

1 178 079

Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
Climate

Continental

Art museums, galleries and exhibition halls:
  • Omsk Museum of Fine Arts;
  • Kondraty Petrovich Belov Museum;
  • State Regional Art Museum;
  • Liberov Center;
  • House of Artists.
Contemporary art museums and galleries:
  • OGIS Museum of Contemporary Art and Design;
  • Art of Omsk City Museum;
  • Dvael Gallery.
Art universities:
  • Omsk branch of the Higher School of Folk Arts.
  • Festival of Contemporary Art :
    • NO(vember) Life Is All Around festival of contemporary art.
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    Ural Federal District

    1 818 497.00 km²

    Area

    12 308 103

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    112

    Cities

    Chelyabinsk

    1 736

    Established

    500.91 km²

    Area

    1 191 994

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    continental/extreme continental

    Art museums, galleries, and exhibition halls:
    • Chelyabinsk Regional Picture Gallery;
    • Museum of Arts and Crafts of the Urals.
    Contemporary art museums and galleries:
    • OkNo Gallery.
    Art universities:
    • Tchaikovsky South Ural State Institute of Arts.
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    Ural Federal District

    1 818 497.00 km²

    Area

    12 308 103

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    112

    Cities

    Yekaterinburg

    The administrative center of the Urals Federal District

    1 723

    Established

    468.00 km²

    Area

    1 444 439

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    moderate continental

    Art museums, galleries, and exhibition halls:
    • Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts;
    • B.U.Kashkin Museum;
    • Nevyansk Icon Museum;
    • Metenkov House Photographic Museum.
    Contemporary art museums and galleries:
    • Ural Branch of the National Center for Contemporary Arts;
    • Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center;
    • Yekaterinburg Gallery of Modern Art;
    • Sviter Street Art Gallery;
    • Ural Vision Gallery;
    Art universities:
    • Yekaterinburg State Theatre Institute;
    • Ural State Academy of Architecture and Arts;
    • Mussorgsky Ural State Conservatory;
    • Yekaterinburg Academy of Modern Art.
    Festivals of Contemporary Art:
    • Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art;
    • Eurasian Festival of Contemporary Art;
    • Bazhov-fest;
    • Stenografia street art and graffiti festival;
    • Ne Temno light festival.
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    Ural Federal District

    1 818 497.00 km²

    Area

    12 308 103

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    112

    Cities

    Nizhny Tagil

    1 722

    Established

    297.47 km²

    Area

    356 288

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    Continental

    Art museums, galleries, and exhibition halls:
    • Nizhny Tagil Museum of Fine Arts;
    • Artists’ House Art Center;
    • Stepan Kubiv Gallery .
    Contemporary art museums and galleries:
    • SPACE PLACE Gallery;
    • Yaitso Art Space .
    Art colleges:
    • Faculty of Arts and Graphics of Nizhny Tagil State Social Pedagogical Academy .
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    The Central Federal District

    650 205.00 km²

    Area

    39 104 319

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    310

    Cities

    Tula

    1 146

    Established

    1 495.56 km²

    Area

    5 516

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    Continental

    Art museums, galleries, and exhibition halls:
    • Tula Regional Art Museum.
    Museums and galleries of contemporary art:
    • Department of Contemporary Art of Tula Regional Art Museum.
    Art universities:
    • Tula branch of the Moscow State University of Culture and Arts;
    • Tula State Pedagogical University named after Leo Tolstoy;
    • Tula State University.
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    The Central Federal District

    650 205.00 km²

    Area

    39 104 319

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    310

    Cities

    Yaroslavl

    1 010

    Established

    205.80 km²

    Area

    606 703

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    Continental

    Art museums, galleries, and exhibition halls:
    • Yaroslavl State Historical-Architectural and Art Museum-Reserve;
    • Yaroslavl Art Museum.
    Contemporary art museums and galleries:
    • Dom Muz Museum of Contemporary Art;
    • TEXTIL Cultural Center;
    • Teplo Art Space.
    Art universities:
    • Yaroslavl State Theatre Institute.
    Festivals of contemporary art:
    • Others Art Project;
    • Art Non-Stop Festival;
    • Art of Movement Festival.
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    The Central Federal District

    650 205.00 km²

    Area

    39 104 319

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    310

    Cities

    Kaluga

    1 371

    Established

    170.50 km²

    Area

    341 986

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    continental

    Art museums, galleries, and exhibition halls:
    • Kaluga Museum of Fine Arts;
    • Image Regional Art Gallery;
    • Bereginya Museum of Puppets.
    Contemporary art museums and galleries:
    • Nikola-Lenivets Art Park in the Kaluga region.
    Art universities:
    • Kaluga Regional College of Culture and Arts.
    Festivals of Contemporary Art:
    • Tsiolkovsky Fest;
    • Archstoyanie Land Art Festival and New Media Night at Nikola-Lenivets Art Park.
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    The Central Federal District

    650 205.00 km²

    Area

    39 104 319

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    310

    Cities

    Voronezh

    1 586

    Established

    596.51 km²

    Area

    1 032 382

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    Continental

    Art museums, galleries, and exhibition halls:
    • Kramskoy Regional Art Museum.
    Contemporary art museums and galleries:
    • Voronezh Center for Contemporary Art;
    • HLAM Gallery.
    Art universities:
    • Voronezh State Institute of Arts.
    Festivals of Contemporary Art:
    • Open! Festival;
    • Chernozem Festival;
    • Platonov Arts Festival.
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    The Central Federal District

    650 205.00 km²

    Area

    39 104 319

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    310

    Cities

    Moscow

    The capital of the Russian Federation, the most populous city in the country.

    1 147

    Established

    2 561.50 km²

    Area

    12 330 126

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    Continental

    Art museums, galleries, and exhibition halls:
    • in Moscow, there are more than 400 public and private museums. Among the major art museums of the capital are the State Tretyakov Gallery and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.
    Contemporary art museums and galleries:
    • Moscow Museum of Modern Art;
    • Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow;
    • National Center for Contemporary Arts;
    • Garage Museum of Contemporary Art;
    • Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art.
    Art universities:
    • Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry;
    • Surikov Moscow State Academic Art Institute;
    • Moscow Institute of Architecture;
    • Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography;
    • Baza Institute;
    • Free Workshops School of Contemporary Art;
    • Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia;
    • British Higher School of Design;
    • Higher School of Economics;
    • History of Art Faculty of the Russian State University for the Humanities.
    Festivals of Contemporary Art:
    • Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art;
    • Moscow International Biennale for Young Art;
    • Fashion and Style in Photography Festival;
    • Photo Biennale.
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    The Central Federal District

    650 205.00 km²

    Area

    39 104 319

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    310

    Cities

    Zelenograd

    One of the twelve administrative districts of Moscow.

    1 958

    Established

    37.20 km²

    Area

    237 897

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    Continental

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    Volga Federal District

    1 036 975.00 km²

    Area

    29 673 644

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    191

    Cities

    Izhevsk

    Capital of the Udmurt Republic.

    1 760

    Established

    315.15 km²

    Area

    643 496

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    Continental

    Art museums, galleries, and exhibition halls:
    • Udmurt Republican Museum of Fine Arts;
    • National Center for Arts and Crafts of the Udmurt Republic;
    • Exhibition Hall of the Artists Union of the Udmurt Republic.
    Contemporary art museums and galleries:
    • Gallery Exhibition Center;
    • Creative Dacha Gallery.
    Arts universities:
    • Udmurt Republican Institute of Design.
    Festivals of Contemporary Art:
    • Open City Festival of Contemporary Culture;
    • Izhevsk Intervention Festival of Street Art.
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    Volga Federal District

    1 036 975.00 km²

    Area

    29 673 644

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    191

    Cities

    Saratov

    1 590

    Established

    394.00 km²

    Area

    843 460

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    Continental

    Art museums, galleries, and exhibition halls:
    • Saratov State Art Museum;
    • Phoenix 94 Art Gallery.
    Contemporary art museums and galleries:
    • IMHO Gallery;
    • MoreART Gallery.
    Arts universities:
    • Saratov State Conservatory.
    Festival of contemporary art:
    • Art-Saratov;
    • Territory MoreART;
    • Folk Festival of Contemporary Art.
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    Volga Federal District

    1 036 975.00 km²

    Area

    29 673 644

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    191

    Cities

    Nizhny Novgorod

    The administrative center of the Volga Federal District.

    1 221

    Established

    466.50 km²

    Area

    1 266 871

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    умеренно-континентальный

    Art museums, galleries, and exhibition halls:
    • Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum;
    • Russian Museum of Photography;
    • Nizhny Novgorod State Exhibition Complex;
    • Museum of Russian Applied Art;
    • Russian Century Art Gallery.
    Contemporary art museums and galleries:
    • Volga-Vyatka Branch of the National Center for Contemporary Arts;
    • Futuro Gallery;
    • Sense Gallery.
    Arts universities:
    • Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory.
    Festivals of contemporary art:
    • Spam-fest;
    • Vasari Festival of Art Texts.
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    Volga Federal District

    1 036 975.00 km²

    Area

    29 673 644

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    191

    Cities

    Penza

    1 663

    Established

    305.10 km²

    Area

    524 632

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    Continental

    Art museums, galleries, and exhibition halls:
    • Penza Regional Art Gallery;
    • Penza Folk Museum;
    • Myasnikov Museum of One Painting.
    Contemporary art museums and galleries:
    • Penza Regional Center for Modern Art and Culture;
    • Art-Penza Gallery;
    • Art gallery 58.
    Festivals of contemporary art:
    • International Festival of Contemporary Art and Creative Technology;
    • Legend sculpture park, Penza Region.
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    Volga Federal District

    1 036 975.00 km²

    Area

    29 673 644

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    191

    Cities

    Togliatti

    1 737

    Established

    314.78 km²

    Area

    712 619

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    Continental

    Art museums, galleries, and exhibition halls:
    • Togliatti Art Museum;
    • Kaleidoscope Cultural and Exhibition Center;
    • House of the Nine Gallery.
    Arts universities:
    • Togliatti Conservatory.
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    Volga Federal District

    1 036 975.00 km²

    Area

    29 673 644

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    191

    Cities

    Samara

    1 586

    Established

    382.00 km²

    Area

    1 170 910

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    Continental

    Art museums, galleries, and exhibition halls:
    • Samara Regional Art Museum;
    • Children's Art Gallery Municipal Museum;
    • Exhibition Hall of the Artists Union;
    • Maria Gallery;
    • Babylon Gallery;
    • Art-portal Gallery.
    Contemporary art museums and galleries:
    • Mid-Volga Branch of the National Center for Contemporary Arts;
    • Art Center exhibition space;
    • Victoria Gallery;
    • Art Propaganda Gallery.
    Arts universities:
    • Samara State Institute of Culture.
    Festivals of contemporary art:
    • Street as Museum;
    • Museum as Street festival;
    • Art Storm;
    • Shiryaevo Biennale of Contemporary Art.
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    Northwestern Federal District

    1 686 968.00 km²

    Area

    13 853 694

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    152

    Cities

    Kaliningrad

    1 255

    Established

    223.00 km²

    Area

    459 560

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    continental

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    Northwestern Federal District

    1 686 968.00 km²

    Area

    13 853 694

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    152

    Cities

    Petrozavodsk

    The capital and largest city of the Republic of Karelia.

    1 703

    Established

    135.00 km²

    Area

    277 111

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    continental

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    Northwestern Federal District

    1 686 968.00 km²

    Area

    13 853 694

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    152

    Cities

    St. Petersburg

    The second largest city in Russia, administrative center of the North-West Federal District.

    1 703

    Established

    1 439.00 km²

    Area

    5 225 690

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    continental

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    North Caucasus Federal District

    170 439.00 km²

    Area

    9 718 001

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    56

    Cities

    Stavropol

    1 777

    Established

    171.70 km²

    Area

    429 571

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    continental

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    North Caucasus Federal District

    170 439.00 km²

    Area

    9 718 001

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    56

    Cities

    Cherkessk

    The capital of Karachay-Cherkess Republic

    1 825

    Established

    69.80 km²

    Area

    123 128

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    continental

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    North Caucasus Federal District

    170 439.00 km²

    Area

    9 718 001

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    56

    Cities

    Nalchik

    The capital of the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic

    1 724

    Established

    67.00 km²

    Area

    239 040

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    Subtropical

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    North Caucasus Federal District

    170 439.00 km²

    Area

    9 718 001

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    56

    Cities

    Vladikavkaz

    The capital of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania

    1 784

    Established

    291.00 km²

    Area

    307 478

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    Subtropical

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    North Caucasus Federal District

    170 439.00 km²

    Area

    9 718 001

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    56

    Cities

    Grozny

    The capital of the Chechen Republic

    1 818

    Established

    324.16 km²

    Area

    287 410

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    continental

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    North Caucasus Federal District

    170 439.00 km²

    Area

    9 718 001

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    56

    Cities

    Makhachkala

    The capital of the Republic of Dagestan, the largest city in the North Caucasus Federal District.

    1 844

    Established

    468.13 km²

    Area

    587 876

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    continental

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    Southern Federal District

    447 821.00 km²

    Area

    16 367 949

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    79

    Cities

    Rostov-on-Don

    The largest city in southern Russia, the administrative center of the Southern Federal District.

    1 749

    Established

    348.50 km²

    Area

    1 119 875

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    continental

    Art museums, galleries, and exhibition halls:
    • Rostov Regional Museum of Fine Arts.
    Contemporary art museums and galleries:
    • Museum of Modern Art on Dmitrov;
    • MAKARONKA Art Center;
    • 16th Line Gallery.
    Art universities:
    • Rostov State Rachmaninov Conservatory.
    Festivals of Contemporary Art:
    • Territory of Joint Actions International Festival of Contemporary Art;
    • Makaronnaya Fabrika Festival of Street Art.
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    Southern Federal District

    447 821.00 km²

    Area

    16 367 949

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    79

    Cities

    Volgograd

    1 589

    Established

    859.35 km²

    Area

    1 016 137

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    continental

    Art museums, galleries and exhibition halls:
    • Mashkov Museum of Fine Arts;
    • Volgograd Regional Children's Art Gallery;
    • MBU Exhibition Hall (former Exhibition Hall of the Volgograd Branch of the Artists Union);
    • Museum and Exhibition Center of the Krasnoarmeisky District of Volgograd;
    • Chernoskutov (Volzhsky) Exhibition Hall.
    Museums and galleries of contemporary art:
    • SHTO artist-run space.
    Art education:
    • Volgograd State Institute of Arts and Culture;
    • Serebryakov Volgograd Conservatory;
    • Institute of Architecture and Construction of the Volgograd State Polytechnic University;
    • Institute of Art Education of the Volgograd State Socio-Pedagogical University.
    Фестивали современного искусства:
    • Decade of Public Art.
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    Southern Federal District

    447 821.00 km²

    Area

    16 367 949

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    79

    Cities

    Krasnodar

    The administrative center of the Kuban geographical region

    1 793

    Established

    339.31 km²

    Area

    853 848

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    continental/subtropical

    Art museums, galleries and exhibition halls:
    • Kovalenko Regional Art Museum;
    • Krasnodar Regional Exhibition Hall of Fine Arts;
    • Larina Gallery;
    • Santal Gallery;
    • Rafael Gallery.
    Museums and galleries of contemporary art:
    • Typography Center for Contemporary Art;
    • RedGift Gallery;
    • Gluck Gallery;
    • Art Union Gallery;
    • Espectro Gallery of Photography;
    • Na Kulichkah Gallery and School;
    • Cicada Gallery of Contemporary Art.
    Art education:
    • Krasnodar State Institute of Culture;
    • Krasnodar Art College;
    • Krasnodar Institute of Contemporary Art (KISI).
    Festivals of contemporary art:
    • MOZHET! Independent Contemporary Art Festival;
    • PhotoVisa International Photo Festival.
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    Southern Federal District

    447 821.00 km²

    Area

    16 367 949

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    79

    Cities

    Simferopol

    The capital of the Republic of Crimea.

    1 784

    Established

    107.41 km²

    Area

    336 460

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    Mediterranean

    Art museums, galleries and exhibition halls:
    • Simferopol Art Museum;
    • Crimean Art Gallery.
    Museums and galleries of contemporary art:
    • LukasGallery Online Galley of Contemporary Art;
    • Nepravelny Prikus Art Club;
    • ArtPlatz Project.
    Art education:
    • Samokish Crimean Art College.
    Festivals of Contemporary Art:
    • Welcome to Crimea Festival of Contemporary Dance;
    • We are Youth Festival;
    • Bereg Art Residence in Yuzhny.
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    Southern Federal District

    447 821.00 km²

    Area

    16 367 949

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)

    79

    Cities

    Sevastopol

    1 783

    Established

    863.60 km²

    Area

    416 263

    Population (Russian Statistics Service Rosstat, January 1, 2016)
    Climate

    Mediterranean

    Art museums, galleries, and exhibition halls:
    • Kroshitsky Sevastopol Art Museum;
    • Art Boulevard Art Gallery.
    Contemporary art museums and galleries:
    • Green Pyramid Gallery.
    Art colleges:
    • Vladimir Boichenko Academy of Abstractionism.
    Festivals of contemporary art:
    • Antika and Avant-Garde International Festival;
    • POETRY + DESIGN Festival of Poster Art;
    • Podufaly Biennale of Watercolors.
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    RESEARCH
    This section of the website is under continuous development. Click below for the current published texts about the art scene in each region, written by the Triennial curators after their research.
    Research
    This section of the website is under continuous development. Click below for the current published texts about the art scene in each region, written by the Triennial curators after their research.
    Far Eastern Federal District
    Anadyr Khabarovsk Vladivostok Yakutsk
    North Caucasus Federal District
    Cherkessk Grozny Makhachkala Nalchik Stavropol Vladikavkaz
    Northwestern Federal District
    Kaliningrad Petrozavodsk St. Petersburg
    Siberian Federal District
    Barnaul Krasnoyarsk Novosibirsk Omsk Tomsk
    Southern Federal District
    Krasnodar Rostov-on-Don Sevastopol Simferopol Volgograd
    The Central Federal District
    Kaluga Moscow Tula Voronezh Yaroslavl Zelenograd
    Ural Federal District
    Chelyabinsk Nizhny Tagil Yekaterinburg
    Volga Federal District
    Izhevsk Nizhny Novgorod Penza Samara Saratov Togliatti
    Vladivostok Anadyr Khabarovsk Yakutsk Krasnodar Kaliningrad Krasnoyarsk Tomsk Barnaul Novosibirsk Omsk Izhevsk Petrozavodsk Yaroslavl St. Petersburg Moscow Volgograd Zelenograd Tula Sevastopol Kaluga Cherkessk Nalchik Nizhny Novgorod Simferopol Voronezh Yekaterinburg Nizhny Tagil Chelyabinsk Togliatti Penza Saratov Rostov-on-Don Vladikavkaz Samara Stavropol Makhachkala Grozny
    The Central Federal District

    The art scene of cities I visited in the Central Federal District is largely defined by their proximity to Moscow. The strong gravitational pull of the capital draws cultural activity from the periphery to the center. This trend was mentioned by most of the artists and cultural figures that I interviewed during the trip. Consequently, it is particularly interesting to take a look at the exceptions to the rule.

    The strong gravitational pull of the capital draws cultural activity from the periphery to the center.

    VORONEZH

    The most notable exception is the art scene in Voronezh, where a small group of people and two cultural institutions have established a system that functions effectively at the city level. Located on one of the city’s main streets, the Voronezh Center for Contemporary Art is the only local, non-commercial art institution that supports contemporary art. I was welcomed by the Center’s long-standing chairman, Nikolai Alekseev, who told me about its history.

    Courtesy of Triennial curators

    Essentially a volunteer organization, the Center was founded in 2008 by a group of Voronezh artists, many of whom subsequently made a name for themselves in Russia and abroad. According to these “founding fathers” (Ivan Gorshkov, Arseny Zhilyaev, Nikolai Alekseev, Mikhail Lylov, and Ilya Dolgov), the event that marked the beginning of the Center’s activities was the 2009 exhibition We’ll Take Action from Now, which presented works by “leading artists of the Black Earth region” and their Moscow colleagues. Until it got its own building, the Center organized exhibitions, master classes, and lectures at various venues across the city. By 2012, the city administration had begun to take an interest in the center’s activities. After perusing the list of disused buildings, the city proposed that the Center take over the Lenin House of Culture at the local aircraft factory. However, this enormous Stalin-era building, “with pot plants, numerous busts of Lenin, and massive columns,” as Alekseev described it, was far too big for its needs. As a result, the city proposed a smaller, central space on Revolution Avenue, which it leased to the Center free of charge. The first exhibition in this space, Revisiting the Space of Voronezh, opened on May 17, 2013, with works by German, Swiss, and Russian artists.

    The Center has developed a Course for Young Artists, which it launched in 2010, before moving to its own premises. This project played a key role in the development of the local art scene. The Course comprises weekly classes, where the Center’s founders and invited speakers give lectures and discuss students’ work. Artist Kirill Garshin, a graduate of the course, answered the Center door when I rang. He and Alekseev explained that the Center is a multifunctional platform combining exhibition projects, educational programs, artist studios (which take up most of the premises), and a kitchen—a key space of interaction in Russian culture. After a lively conversation in the kitchen, I was invited to visit the Center’s studios and speak with artists. I began with Garshin’s studio, which has a queen-sized bed in the middle. Covered with a spread with a carpet print, there is a tradition that newcomers to the Center are photographed lying on this bed. Garshin and I mused that beds are a key place for the artistic process, often the source of interesting thoughts and ideas. We were thinking of Croatian artist, Mladen Stilinović’s Artist at Work (1978), a series of photographs depicting the artist lying in bed, cozily wrapped in a blanket. Garshin works mostly with painting. His interests include the analysis of the surface of the picture and the examination of the techniques and references used by painters today, including photorealism and the legacy of Francis Bacon. Another motif in his work is his native city and its small artistic community. Garshin showed me his latest large-scale paintings from the ongoing series The Garden of the Consumed King (2016– ), which focuses on the sensation of slow, drawn-out time, the time of doubts and expectations.

    I then spoke with Evgeniya Nozhkina, also a graduate of the Course for Young Artists, who has excellent presentation skills. She focuses on the conceptual interpretation of materials and their possibilities. Nozhkina studied tapestry-making and aims to reinterpret the decorative and domestic functions of this form of applied art, which is considered somewhat outmoded. She led me to the next studio, which is shared by sculptor and painter Ivan Gorshkov and conceptual artist Anna Kurbatova. Like many other Voronezh artists, Kurbatova received a classical art education at Voronezh Art College, where she majored in painting. Most Center “recruits” are from this institution. Kurbatova showed us works in a range of media, from bricolages and “retouched” ready-mades to drawings and documentation of performances. A particularly interesting series consists of small studies on sandpaper depicting fragments of weathered Russian fences. The last artist I met was Tatyana Danilevskaya, who had studied languages and literature before taking up art. She makes different types of conceptualist works, as well as lectures-performances that analyze various discursive concepts and phenomena.

    Work by Kirill Garshin

    Together with Alekseev and Garshin, I went to H.L.A.M Gallery, which opened its doors in 2008 and mostly exhibits local artists. (In 2013, Ilya Dolgov’s project Herbarium was awarded the Innovation Prize, as the gallery’s founder, Aleksei Gorbunov, told us with pride.) The exhibition on view was a group show of recent works by Alekseev, Garshin, and Gorshkov. A few months later, Alekseev’s series Encounters (2016) left for the exhibition Experiences of the Imaginary, organized by Garage, which inaugurated the exhibition space on New Holland Island in St. Petersburg.

    Local people have managed to create and maintain a healthy artistic ecosystem in Voronezh, one in which artists can develop and show their work, and which contributes to the relatively recent of image of the city as a dynamic cultural center.

    KALUGA

    I came to Kaluga at the invitation of Anna Senatova, curator of Tsiolkovsky Fest, who has just established a foundation for the support of contemporary art, a significant gesture in a city in which it which has no other support. The city administration does not consider it necessary to support contemporary art, seeing it as an ideological threat. Similar complaints were voiced by virtually all the people I interviewed in the cities of the Central Federal District.

    Work by Alexander Vasiliev
    The city administration does not consider it necessary to support contemporary art, seeing it as an ideological threat. Similar complaints were voiced by virtually all the people I interviewed in the cities of the Central Federal District.

    I met with Senatova in one of Kaluga’s central hotels, which was showing photographs by Elena Mikhailova, a local graduate of the Photoplay School of Contemporary Photography in Moscow. Mikhailova also joined us. She is a professional fashion photographer who occasionally makes conceptual art, seeing no perspective for work of this kind in her hometown. I then went to the studio of artist Aleksei Vasiliev, located in an office building on one of the city’s main streets. Vasiliev was busy preparing for a solo exhibition, which was about to open at Triumph Gallery in Moscow. He explained that he mostly works with portraits, painted in a neo-expressionist style mixed with the aesthetics of street art in the spirit of Jean-Michel Basquiat. This was the end of our tour of the local art scene, as the other two artists that Senatova mentioned as worth seeing had moved to Moscow some time ago.

    TULA

    I saw something similar in Tula. The city’s contemporary art scene is concentrated around the Tula Museum of History and Architecture, which occupies a few small rooms in a historical building on a central street. The museum also has several temporary exhibition spaces, and was showing an exhibition of dolls at the time I visited. Museum Director Liliya Kashentseva told me that the museum organizes contemporary art exhibitions occasionally, sometimes with the help of guest curators from other cities. The frequency of such events, as in other regions of the Central Federal District, is limited by the marked reluctance of the city administration to support “untraditional” initiatives.

    Tula History and Architecture Museum

    One of the last major projects that Kashentseva mentioned was the 2014 exhibition The True Story of the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Pharmacist Kraft, curated by Leonid Tishkov. He invented a quasi-scientific story about the real-life pharmacist who founded a pharmacy in the seventeenth century. Kraft’s pharmacy (a total installation, to all intents and purposes) is presented on the first floor of the museum. The exhibition involved local and Moscow artists, including Armen Avanesov, who was an unusual choice: he is currently painting frescoes in the Nicholas-Zaretsky Church. Avanesov has exhibited in a number of contemporary art exhibitions with graphic artist Elena Luzgina, a member of the Union of Artists. Her work can hardly be called conceptual, as she acknowledges herself. That notwithstanding, her sporadic attempts to deviate from the canon meet with fierce resistance from her Union colleagues.

    Given the context, I was impressed by the Baraban Art Platform on the second floor of one of the Museum’s buildings. This multidisciplinary project aims to bring together very diverse fields of culture. Established in 2015, the platform focuses mainly on experimental theater, as two of the founders, Evgeny Malenchev and Polina Shatokhina, told me. A number of the platform’s founders work at the Tula Academic Drama Theater, but this does not mean that the platform is closed to other areas of culture. The program plans to combine art, music, and theater, but, like other cultural institutions in the city, it is experiencing financial problems due to the lack of public and private support.

    Tula Kremlin

    Tula gives the impression of a developed and flourishing Russian city that is simultaneously mired in tradition. The famous Tula gingerbread, the city’s symbol, is sold everywhere alongside souvenirs celebrating the city’s past as a center of ironworking and armaments. The mind-blowing Tula State Museum of Arms is housed in a building shaped like the pointed helmet of a medieval Russian soldier.

    YAROSLAVL

    I was introduced to the Yaroslavl art scene by Yulia Krivtsova, curator at TEXTIL Cultural Center. The Center is located in the Krasny Perekop district in the former warehouses of the Yaroslavl Big Manufactory, founded in 1722. The large red-brick warehouses are perfect spaces for exhibitions, despite their distance from the city center. TEXTIL is about to renovate the space, but educational activities and projects continue in other venues. The Center’s office is located in a beautifully-designed space next to the exhibition space. Director Sergei Kremenev told me that the Center has a staff of five and sometimes brings in volunteers for specific projects. TEXTIL was launched by the non-commercial organization Regional Agency of Creative Initiatives, founded by Kremenev and Krivtsova a number of years ago. The agency implements projects ranging from public art to contemporary dance festivals. It focuses on working with the city: its history, its spaces, and, of course, its inhabitants.

    I met several artists who had participated in TEXTIL’s most recent project, People Color Place (2015), in which artists and city inhabitants were invited to “transform and develop the area” with the help of colored paint. The project resulted in numerous wall paintings and graffiti located across the district. Pavel Zaroslov received a classical art education and mostly works on commercial commissions, creating designs for local cafés and developing printed materials for clients. Oleg Tokmakov is a professional photographer who works in both photojournalism and conceptual photography. I particularly liked his photo series Mom’s Joy (2012).

    Courtesy of Triennial curators

    The next day, I went to the suburb of Bragino, where the non-commercial New Friends Gallery has recently opened. According to the press release, it serves as a “sociocultural platform for its district.” I was welcomed by photographer Yuri Galybin, whose exhibition was on view at the time. I found his ideas about photography, its history, and its place in the world to be very original. Galybin is a self-taught photographer and works outside the system.

    I then went to the park in the city center, where I was met by street artist Nikita Afanasiev, better known as Pst. He outlined his work clearly and intelligibly: essentially it’s “urban sanitation.” With the help of stencils, Afanasiev decorates and enlivens empty walls and electricity transformers. He believes that this is the most effective artistic practice in the absence of funding for cultural activities.

    In the cities I visited, contemporary art is supported by small groups of enthusiasts who try to create new or maintain existing structures on their own, having failed in their attempts to attract government funding.

    In the cities I visited, contemporary art is supported by small groups of enthusiasts who try to create new or maintain existing structures on their own, having failed in their attempts to attract government funding. The lack of art schools, funding, and interest in contemporary culture—along with a discursive void—have had a major impact on the atmosphere in all of these cities, but Voronezh. As a result, many artists leave for Moscow or St. Petersburg or emigrate to the West.