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
    Volga Federal District

    NIZHNY NOVGOROD

    In contrast to many of my other research trips for the Triennial, my visit to Nizhny Novgorod marked a return to a city that I have known and loved for a long time. It allowed me to see friends and engage in heartfelt conversations about everything on earth, including art. The unique milieu that has formed around the Nizhny Novgorod (now the “Volgo-Vyatka”) Branch of the National Center for Contemporary Arts, thanks to the efforts of Lyubov Saprykina and Anna Gor, eliminates once and for all the opposition between metropolitan and provincial and does away with the condescension with which one inevitably views everything taking place outside Moscow and St. Petersburg. The restored Arsenal, designed by Evgeny Asse, has three thousand square meters of exhibition space, a strong and well-balanced exhibition program, educational initiatives, and inclusive programs. It sets a rare precedent that shows it is possible to create an active organization working in a considered and systematic fashion in the domain of contemporary art, without the support of central institutions and resources. Daily heroism is also typical of artists living and working in Nizhny. This is one of the rare cases when one can (and should) speak about a city community of artists enthusiastically working within the local context and developing an artistic language of its own. None of the artists we met wanted to cast off the “provincial shackles” due to a lack of momentum, energy, or resources. The reason lies not only in the geographical proximity of Moscow but in the genius of Nizhny Novgorod and the powerful energy of social organization generated by the artists themselves.

    The unique milieu that has formed around the Nizhny Novgorod (now the “Volgo-Vyatka”) Branch of the National Center for Contemporary Arts, thanks to the efforts of Lyubov Saprykina and Anna Gor, eliminates once and for all the opposition between metropolitan and provincial and does away with the condescension with which one inevitably views everything taking place outside Moscow and St. Petersburg.

    Artem Filatov, whom we met early in the morning upon our arrival at the railroad station, is just such an organizer. He has already launched a host of new processes for consolidating city artists. Filatov began as a street artist, engaging in an enormous number of art partnerships and joint efforts (some will recall Artem Filatov and Vladimir Chernyshov’s work at the Fourth Biennale for Young Art at the Museum of Moscow). Several years ago, he founded the Nizhny Novgorod Festival of Street Art, which has legitimized this subcultural practice, as well as bringing it into the social space or, more precisely, the space of communication between the city’s inhabitants and contemporary artists. The main theme is Nizhny Novgorod’s historic wooden houses. The long-term, simmering conflict between local businesses and the federal government has led to dereliction, “accidental” demolitions and fires, not to mention the general dilapidation of buildings subject to modern urban wear and tear and deprived of elementary care and maintenance. With the help of art, Filatov has tried to attract the attention of city officials to the threatened buildings and, more importantly, to unite people living in these houses against bureaucratic arbitrariness. He has also attracted artists from other Russian regions to the project by creating new kinds of interactions. ZIP group from Krasnodar and Timofey Radya from Yekaterinburg, who took part in the street art festival, cooperated with local inhabitants to create not only individual objects such as wall paintings, but whole environments, re-establishing living human relationships through the stories of streets and houses. Art in Nizhny Novgorod has a strong social aspect.

    ZIP group for street art festival.
    Street art in Nizhny Novgorod.

    Filatov was also responsible for the appearance of a cluster of artist studios in Nizhny. We visited it at the end of a three-hour walking tour of the highlights of local street art. The most active and prominent Nizhny Novgorod artists share these small studios. With over fifty projects to his name, Alexander Lavrov studies local material culture and the metamorphosis of the post-Soviet mentality in his objects, videos, and photos. Vladimir Chernyshov, an economics major, has embarked (with truly scientific meticulousness) upon a series of expeditions to northern Russia, travelling from village to village, collecting materials, and making delicate interventions in space.

    The work of Nizhny Novgorod artists also points to the enormous potential of Russian land art, with its distinctive character and close attention to the Russian landscape, marked as it is by flatness and scarce vegetation. Andrei Druzhaev began his career as a street artist and then became interested in field studies, in the literal sense. He charred tree trunks, turning them into sculptures and arranging them along the forest edge, somewhat like Stonehenge. On another occasion, he burnt a strip of grass in the middle of a field, “injuring” the earth’s surface. The techniques of charring and burning (mostly wood) are used by virtually all Nizhny Novgorod artists. Filatov was intrigued by my observation, and we came up with a name for a new exhibition: Burn It! Continuing the burning theme, Andrei Olenev, undoubtedly the most prominent street artist in Nizhny on account of the size of his works and his excellent painterly technique, made a large-scale object for an exhibition at the private gallery Futuro: a huge well made of charred beams, which a priori cannot be used for its intended purpose.

    The work of Nizhny Novgorod artists also points to the enormous potential of Russian land art, with its distinctive character and close attention to the Russian landscape, marked as it is by flatness and scarce vegetation.
    Nikita Nomerz
    Street art in Nizhny Novgorod.

    We visited Egor of local street art duo TOY at home. They gained nationwide renown some time ago, and although they may not have appeared on Takashi Murakami’s Instagram like Nizhny artist Nikita Nomerz, their work—often based on subtle semiotic games—stand out from the rest. Ignoring the painterly potential of techniques and surfaces, they play on words and visual signs, adorning the city with strange pictograms. At one point, TOY (together with Andrei Olenev) were resident artists at Tolk Gallery, whose owner decided to give them a chance to exhibit their work regularly. However, it is apparently impossible to domesticate street art, or to limit it to museums, on account of its “otherness”: its value lies in its very fragility, inevitable death or disappearance and, at the same time, very rich and active life, in which city inhabitants participate in a strange and emotional fashion. Nizhny residents have, for instance, added leaves and flowers to Druzhaev’s branches and attached a thistle, drawn by Filatov, to a fence (slightly misarranging the image in the process).

    For me, such human aspects embody the Nizhny Novgorod art scene. There is no other place in the world where I feel so much at home as in the Arsenal (where I saw the remarkable exhibition Living Alive, part of a trilogy conceived by curator Alisa Savitskaya), whiskey sour is nowhere so delicious, and there’s always someone ready to meet you, gather you up, show you around, and accompany you back.

    Essay by Katya Inozemtseva


    KAZAN

    My trip to Kazan was planned long before Garage launched its regional program. The curators of the Smena Center for Contemporary Culture had invited me to give a talk on Moscow conceptualism. The existence of such a major self-organized initiative in a big city with a population of over a million—the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, sometimes called the “third capital of Russia”—promised an intense program of meetings with contemporary artists. In addition, Kazan is the birthplace of Russian video and media art: Bulat Galeyev’s studio and his Prometheus Scientific Research Institute of Experimental Aesthetics are well-known among those with an interest in Russian avant-garde culture. I was sure that my agenda would be packed and decided to set aside two days for visiting studios.

    Tatar estate.
    Bolaq canal.

    Founded in 2013, Smena is still financed by the artist Ilgizar Khasanov and his friends without any external public or private support. The center occupies the second floor and attic of a warehouse built in the early twentieth century. It consists of exhibitions rooms, a bookstore, and a hall for concerts, lectures, and literary performances. When I arrived at Smena, I was met by Ilgizar, his son Robert, and Kirill Maevsky. It’s impossible to say what Kirill, Robert and Ilgizar are responsible for individually. Together they support the center as if they were carrying a backpack on a fun yet difficult hiking trip. That was my impression, at least. They renovated the space themselves, taking out the rubbish, laying the floors, and building and painting the walls. They probably had assistants, whose names I don’t know, but I was struck (for the nth time) by the fact that some people are willing to invest their time and effort not in improving their personal surroundings at home, but into creating a comfortable space for themselves and others, and for contemporary art.

    Center of Modern Culture Smena.
    Robert Khasanov.

    Ilgizar then took me to his studio, showing me the city on the way. Over the past decade, Kazan has had two major facelifts. The first took place in 2005, on the occasion of the city’s 1000th anniversary: old buildings in the city center were demolished, new buildings were constructed, and the subway opened. I was witness to this total reconstruction at the time: an excavator demolished the walls of an Art Nouveau building, which broke up into green flakes, while the elegant cast iron balcony refused to fall. Kazan’s second facelift took place fairly recently, on the occasion of the 2013 Summer Universiade. The last traces of the colorful but dilapidated neighborhoods in the historic center disappeared, to be replaced by sterile and comfortable streets and perfectly flat lawns on the embankment of the Bolaq Canal. Even the Lenin statue on Freedom Square looks bourgeois now. The sporting spirit is embodied by the newly-built stadia, while the contradictory nature of today’s prosperity is visible in the residential complex and administrative building of the Palace of Agriculture: a high-density development on the banks of the Kazanka River that resembles a Disney fan’s dream come true.

    Ilgizar Khasanov’s studio.

    Ilgizar recalled with nostalgia old Kazan and the neighborhood where he grew up, even though it was, according to him, poor, uninviting, and sometimes even dangerous. His studio is located in a building that belongs to the Tatarstan Artists Union. It is quite small, yet seems to be a lot bigger on account of all the things stored there. These include not only paintings and objects, but also an incredible collection of odd items that are neatly piled up on the floor, window-sills, table, and shelves: tumbler dolls of different sizes and ages, whistles, pocket flashlights, Soviet Christmas tree decorations made of cardboard and cotton wool, wooden mashers, plastic figures from Kinder Surprise eggs, and lots of other wonderful things brought to life by their owner. All of this was mixed in equal proportions with brushes and tubes of paint. This, it seems, is an inevitable stage in the life of an artist who has outgrown the painterly tradition. It is no coincidence that the room reminded of the personal worlds of legendary Moscow nonconformist artists such as Dmitry Krasnopevtsev and Ivan Kuskov, who created magical universes in their small rooms/studios so as to combine life and art and give a third dimension to their painterly world.

    The next studio I visited belonged to Rashid Tukhvatullin, who majored in physics and subsequently worked as a writer, translator, engineer, and artist. The aesthetic milieu was totally different here: the space didn’t resemble an artist’s studio in the least, but looked more like the workshop of a master jeweler or a super mechanic. Tukhvatullin uses small metalworking machines, pincers, and various other tools to create fantastic insects that he calls polynomials. They include a mosquito wearing a flight helmet in a cage, a dragonfly with a silver teaspoon instead of a tail, a fly with an abdomen made out of an apricot pit, a fly with lamps instead of eyes, a fly in rubber shoes, a fly on wheels, and complex assemblages of found objects. The fly is a subject which occupies many local artists. Ilya Kabakov has, without a doubt, cast his powerful shadow on the fly myth, yet this has not perturbed Ilgizar and Rashid in the least. Together with other Kazan artists, they have already held two exhibitions on the subject: Fly I and Fly II.

    Viktor Timofeev's studio.

    Close by was the studio of Viktor Timofeev, who is called “our Anatoly Zverev” in Kazan. I don’t know where this comparison came from. Timofeev’s lifestyle and outward appearance bear little resemblance to the legendary Moscow underground artist, and he works in a more rigid and naively schematic manner. The only possible similarity is his impetuous passion for painting, which is so organic that it has become a part of everyday life. Voluptuous red-haired beauties, cats, flowers, and bearded old men are repeating motifs in Timofeev’s small paintings and drawings, as well as in his book illustrations.

    In the same building, we met Rustam Salikhov. He belongs to the generation of artists that stepped into the limelight in the late 1980s towards the end of perestroika. At that time, Soviet artists were in demand among Western art dealers, collectors, and curators, and the Soviet government had lifted all restrictions on the aesthetic and economic spheres. In such an environment, the abstract painter Salikhov discovered an artistic style of his own, as well as a group of fans and collectors. When we arrived, he calmly arranged his paintings in a row along the wall. Square and non-figurative, they employ a palette of earthen tones (black, brown, blue, and ochre) and serene rhythms of horizontal and vertical lines. Salikhov put a second row of pictures on top of the first, turning his compositions into one big, ornamental carpet.

    Rustam Salikhov's studio

    The same day, I met several other artists. They were few in number and mostly showed me paintings. Paintings, paintings, and more paintings, as if they were the supreme form of visual art. These paintings were mostly figurative, and their styles and subject matter seemed to have become frozen in time—in the accepted metaphysics of “youth art.” Pensive girls with flowers, big-eyed human-like animals, and symbolic everyday scenes. A friend of mine coined a name for this type of artistic narrative: “angels with violins.” Another type of painting was ornamental abstract works that tickle viewers’ eyes rather than frightening them with their incomprehensibility.

    Instead of spending another day looking at paintings in artists’ studios I returned to Smena Center for Contemporary Culture, where I spoke with local art historians, critics, and journalists. These conversations showed that the city’s art scene is stagnating rather than developing. The local Artists Union retains its former influence, especially in the economic and administrative spheres, and controls the exhibition activities of city and republican art institutions as well as the curriculum at local educational establishments. The conservatism of senior members of the Union of Artists, who have power and control money, is predictable. A lot more surprising are the retrograde and even reactionary views of young graduates of art institutes, who consider Andy Warhol’s Pop Art to be nothing but kitsch and a slap in the face of public taste.

    Kazan is a university town with an educated, progressive, and refined population.

    This paradox is all the more remarkable given that Kazan is a university town with an educated, progressive, and refined population. By the way, the Smena is popular not only on account of its exhibitions, but also because of its excellent bookstore. The Center’s lectures on architecture, cinema, contemporary photography, feminist criticism, philosophy, urban studies, and literary theory draw crowds. Nonetheless, the local art scene is still and stagnating. Almost all the artists I spoke with are middle-aged. However, their entourage consists of young intellectuals aged 30 and under. They make up a living cultural environment in which a new generation of artists ready for freedom may well appear.

    Essay by Sasha Obukhova