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
    North Caucasus Federal District

    The principle of “around the world in 80 days” (where Garage curators visited virtually all regions of the Russian Federation) that we chose as the basis of our preparatory work for the Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art sent each member of the team to unimaginable places—the kind you visit once in a lifetime by some sort of divine mistake. However, these contemporary art expeditions radically changed our notions of the geography, scale, and value of what is taking place outside Moscow and liberated us once and for all from metropolitan snobbery and pernicious omniscience.

    Taking over from my colleague, Garage’s North Caucasus specialist Andrey Misiano, I headed for the region following the route Stavropol–Cherkessk–Nalchik–Vladikavkaz–Grozny–Makhachkala. Just the names should raise the reader’s testosterone level, insofar as there is virtually no other Russian region with such uninhibited macho energy and clear-cut gender roles. I quickly understood that I couldn’t work on my laptop in a taxi, because a man was driving the car (and how he drove it!) and I couldn’t ask him to turn down the loud music which was the soundtrack to our journey. Hardly suitable conditions for writing… In Grozny, I learned that “gentlemen come first.” In Makhachkala, I experienced all the joys of local traffic—turn signals were invented by cowards and nothing is more approximate in the Caucasus than the rules of the road. For a week, I had to forget that women are also allowed to drink alcohol, and be accustomed to long male monologues about order, the structure of the universe, the life stories of sons and brothers, and so on.

    Insofar as there is virtually no other Russian region with such uninhibited macho energy and clear-cut gender roles.

    STAVROPOL, OR GEOLOGICAL OBSERVATIONS

    In my view, Stavropol is one of the strangest cities in Russia. Situated in the flatlands on a branch railroad line in the spatial vacuum between European Russia and the Caucasus, this city evokes a mass of literary associations that mostly arise in the interstices of descriptions of visible reality in the texts of Andrei Platonov or Leonid Lipavsky. You simply do not know how to approach this marshy space that exists in geographic limbo. It is totally devoid of those special features and characteristic traits that our consciousness usually grasps (like handholds on a cliff) to articulate an intelligible image of what it sees. A population of almost half a million and a large university exist within a cultural landscape that is just as flat as its physical surroundings. The city has one private gallery showing anything similar to contemporary art (with such curiosities as a marble bust in an astrakhan hat), an art museum, and the 8 Spartak Street art loft, which is located in the center across from the local brewery (the sour smell of malt pervades my memories of everything I saw here).

    Courtesy of Triennial curators.

    Daniil Saunin, our guide and the main character in our story, is simultaneously a cultural entrepreneur, a proponent of new media, an organizer of events, and, generally speaking, the voice of contemporary culture in Stavropol. Together with friends and collaborators, he turns former industrial facilities into art venues, organizing art fairs, making music, engaging in video mapping, and occasionally holding events that feature all of the above. Discussing the region, Daniil described the city of Krasnodar as a good example of a grassroots initiative by artists to organize themselves, stimulating the interest of the local community and creating a basic infrastructure and environment that attracts artists from across the area. My stay in Stavropol ended with a wonderful home-cooked dinner. I was ready to continue my search for contemporary art in the fissures of the high Caucasus.

    KARACHAY-CHERKESSIA, OR SWANN’S BRILLIANT SOCIAL LIFE

    As you approach Karachay-Cherkessia, the landscape changes significantly. Space seems to regain its fullness, mountains on the horizon circumscribe the boundaries of the visible, the air becomes thicker, and large clouds move through the sky at a high speed. Everything becomes brighter and less ambiguous—not just the daylight (although contrasts are undoubtedly more intense here), but also the polarity and concentration of life. We drove past local villages (auls) to reach the hotel complex at Adiyukh, thirty kilometers from the center of Cherkessk. It’s like a Turkish all-inclusive hotel and, in the spirit of Russia’s recent confrontation with Turkey, we pass through a checkpoint to enter the hotel grounds. At reception I asked, heaven knows why, whether we were the only clients in the hotel, and it turned out that we were—on a territory of seven hectares or so. This made things seem even more exotic. Some steps in the grounds of this Cherkessian Versailles leads to the tower of Adiyukh where, according to legend, a beautiful woman waited for her beloved, illuminating the way with the light of her dazzling white hands (Cherkessian women are famous for their white skin). Like all romantic legends, the story ends tragically with the heroine’s death.

    Courtesy of Triennial curators.
    Church in Nizhny Arkhyz.
    The domes of the observatory and the half-ruined churches had something in common: an isolation and remoteness from time and context (whether Islamic, modern, or economic). This is why these sites attract artists who, thanks to the Minister of Culture, come here from Russia and Europe for residencies.

    To the surprise of all the hotel employees, we left the following morning for Cherkessk, where we were met by Cherkessian Minister of Culture Madina Gogova. Here we saw something which made the biggest artistic impression of the entire trip, although it had little to do with contemporary art. Madina showed us a Soviet-era observatory which houses the largest telescope in Eurasia, and the valley of unique tenth-century Orthodox churches in Lower Arkhyz. The domes of the observatory and the half-ruined churches had something in common: an isolation and remoteness from time and context (whether Islamic, modern, or economic). This is why these sites attract artists who, thanks to the Minister of Culture, come here from Russia and Europe for residencies.

    An essential part of any visit to Arkhyz is the roadside tavern (that also stands on the banks of a mountain river) with the evocative name At Grandpa Hassan’s. It turns out Hassan is a real person, a charming Cherkessian offering authentic, delicious food without the glitz of the Moscow restaurant Old Phaeton, where the owner’s namesake, mafia boss Grandpa Hassan, was killed a few years ago.

    As for contemporary art, it will appear here one day. In the meantime, I will never forget the evening of Cherkessian songs. And when I say never, I mean never!

    VLADIKAVKAZ, OR A BIT OF EUROPE IN THE NORTH CAUCASUS

    Vladikavkaz is the capital not only of North Ossetia, but also of Russia’s movers and shakers. Conductor Valery Gergiev is not the only example. You immediately sense it when you meet Galina Tebieva, Director of the North Caucasus Branch of the National Center for Contemporary Arts. It would not be an exaggeration to say that she has singlehandedly raised a whole generation of contemporary artists. Vladikavkaz is the first stop on my route the North Caucausus where there is a contemporary art center with an active program and energetic people. To a large extent, this is the result of the Alanika Festival, also organized by Tebieva, that brings together artists from across region and from neighboring countries.

    Galina Tebiyeva, director of the North Caucasus NCCA branch.
    Meeting in the National Library.

    Our meeting with contemporary artists took place at the National Library. It was attended by around twenty people, from well-established artists to young and enthusiastic beginners. Stanislav Kharin works with the symbols of the city of Ordzhonikidze (the Soviet name for Vladikavkaz) and photographs of Sergo Ordzhonikidze, Stalin’s friend and collaborator, who was either killed or committed suicide in 1937. Kharin makes witty collages, as well as working with installations and other media. The artist and photographer Anna Kabisova—who studied at the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia—and her friends have launched a fascinating Internet project called the Soslanbek Yedziev Museum, focused on the work of a sculptor often referred to as the Ossetian Pirosmani. This museum, which exists only in the virtual world, has extensive exhibition and educational programs, and residencies scheduled for the near future. Alyona Shapovalova is a painter and a curator who works in such far-away places as Moscow and St. Petersburg. As a lover of laconic and delicate forms, I was particularly struck by her collages in Moleskine notebooks. There are also young photographers who, encouraged by Tebieva, risk entering the city’s public space.

    In the evening, we found ourselves in an artist’s studio with a fireplace, where we were treated to wine and Ossetian pies with three different fillings and spoke at length about the development of art and other sublime topics.

    FORBIDDING GROZNY

    Everything changed as we approached Chechnya. Muslim Ingushetia differs profoundly from Christian Vladikavkaz. Checkpoints began to appear, and the taxi driver told the armed guards at each one, “These are Muscovites who I’m taking to Grozny.” They looked at us with suspicion, but we continued on our way without a hitch, listening to the driver’s jolly stories about the quantity of wine Ossetians drink and the important role that the army plays in the lives of real men. We periodically came across cars with the license plates KRA (Kadyrov Ramzan Akhmatovich)—they can do whatever they please on the roads. As we entered Grozny, we were greeted by three portraits: president of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov; his father, the late Akhmat Haji Kadyrov;, and Vladimir Putin. The capital resembles a luxury hotel covered in marble, granite, and “you know who.” I put on a long dress and went out onto Putin Avenue, where the Contemporary Art Center (and anti-café) is located. The situation is not very easy for artists. By pure coincidence, I saw three short video works by Zaurbek Tsugaev and understood that I was seeing a miracle of sorts: a person with exceptional visual intuition and a resilient gaze who appeared out of the dense layers of granite air.

    By pure coincidence, I saw three short video works by Zaurbek Tsugaev and understood that I was seeing a miracle of sorts: a person with exceptional visual intuition and a resilient gaze who appeared out of the dense layers of granite air.
    Contemporary Art Center, Grozny

    It was Museum Night in Grozny: we visited the Museum of Akhmat Haji Kadyrov and the National Museum of the Chechen Republic. I would like to thank those who opened the museums’ doors to us at that late hour.

    MAKHACHKALA, OR FAST AND FURIOUS

    Arriving in Makhachkala, we shook off the granite heaviness of Grozny, finding ourselves in the apparently familiar atmosphere of a Moscow suburb with myriad posters advertising various goods and services, women wearing sparkling dresses in the streets, and tough guys in caps with the logo GORETS (mountain-dweller). In the hotel, a woman carefully making “trees” out of photocopies of thousand-ruble bills asked me the strangest question I’d heard for a long time, “Are you a bank transfer?” (she meant had we made an advance payment). She was totally dumbstruck, however, when Taus Makhacheva arrived to meet me. Taus is one of my favorite artists and an old friend, and had agreed to represent the entire Dagestani artistic community. She can be very loud, which is not typical of Dagestani women in public spaces, hence the receptionist’s surprise.

    Although Taus has already directly or indirectly influenced the majority of the emerging artists in Dagestan, she continues her educational and public awareness activities by providing access to information and showing by example (like Aslan Gaisumov in Chechnya) what it means to rise above the local context and make an international career.

    Murad Khalilov's work Deleuze's Head
    Artist Murad Khalilov

    The first artist we met was Murad Khalilov. He works in a range of media, including painting, but his extremely ironic videos are his most original artworks. We then had a long day of meetings with artists working with coins, cloth, watercolor, and India ink. Some of them try to be “like Taus” (“Well, you depicted noses, and I’ve made ears.”). The artists Shamil Akhmedov and Musa Gaivoronsky deserve special mention. These young men, who have taken part in exhibitions in Krasnodar and St. Petersburg, represent everything you expect from young artists: insolent gestures, a lot of irony, seriousness, quasi-fatal experiences, and the bold treatment of diverse materials and ready-mades.

    Alcoholic drinks are not available in most cafés and restaurants in Makhachkala, dinner in a private room was a particular treat: we were offered the world’s strangest Cabernet while surrounded by cushions with pearls and semiprecious stones. We sipped it while talking about contemporary art or passionately discussing the Architecture Biennale in Venice.

    We flew back to Moscow from Makhachkala Airport, paying a visit to Kaspiysk on the way. This seaside town is home to First Gallery (as it happens, the name of Moscow’s first private gallery, which opened in the late 1980s), where we were taken by Musa Gaivoronsky. On our plane was a team of freestyle wrestlers. Given the disproportionately large number of champion wrestlers from this small republic, who else would you expect to meet on a plane from Makhachkala?