RAAN brings together archive collections devoted to postwar Soviet art and Russian contemporary art. Garage Archive Collection contains materials from the Russian press, the archives of Moscow’s first private galleries, and the personal archives of artists, collectors, and curators. The collection of the Zimmerli Art Museum includes several archives on Soviet nonconformist art collected by Norton and Nancy Dodge. The Bremen archive features materials from and about artists who emigrated from the Soviet Union.
At present, most of the archive’s catalogue is in Russian.
Garage Archive Collection is a center for the study of Russian contemporary art in an international context. The collection is continually developing thanks to gifts and acquisitions, including materials from galleries, the personal archives of artists and collectors, and the findings of Museum staff.
Over 600 personal archives, including those of Soviet Nonconformist artists, writers, and poets, provide insight into informal artistic circles in the Soviet Union and place them within the context of the international art scene from the 1950s to the 1980s.
The collection illuminates a variety of unofficial artistic activities in Moscow, St. Petersburg (Leningrad), and the former Soviet Republics, providing insight into the personal, social, and institutional conditions under which the artists worked
Togliatti Museum of Fine Art aims to consolidate its collection of contemporary art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and to preserve its existing holdings of postwar art, namely Soviet art of the 1970s and 1980s and Russian art of the 1990s. The basis of the collection are works which were donated to the museum by the Directorate of Exhibitions of the Union of Artists of the USSR and the Republican Center for Art Exhibitions and Promotion of Fine Arts of the Ministry of Culture of the RSFSR. Today, the collection is supplemented thanks to gifts from artists.
Perm Museum of Contemporary Art (PERMM) was founded in 2009 by gallerist Marat Guelman, with the support of Perm Krai governor Oleg Chirkunov and senator Sergei Gordeev. For its first five years the museum was located in the former river terminal building in the historical center of the city. In summer 2014, it moved into a new building in the industrial area of Motovilikha. Initially, the museum was a central element of a major regional program to transform Perm’s cultural life through a new cultural policy, which was known colloquially as the Perm Cultural Revolution.
CC19 Center for Culture is a contemporary art institution in Novosibirsk, founded in 2019 on the site of the former City Center of Visual Arts. CC19 reflects on the cultural processes of the present in dialogue with the public and local communities through its exhibition, educational, and musical programs. Through its curatorial projects, CC19 invites the audience to see art as part of social relations and to think of exhibitions as a place for dialogue where new ideas can be born. CC19 seeks to work with the Siberian art scene and in partnership with Russian and international organizations to “ground” art in the local context.
On September 30, 1944, the Regional Picture Gallery opened in the building of the former Pervomaisky Club in Nizhny Tagil and was renamed the Nizhny Tagil State Museum of Fine Arts in 1945. The museum’s collection is based on works of Russian art of the eighteenth to mid-twentieth centuries, donated from the collections of the Department of Arts under the Council of People’s Commissars of the RSFSR, the State Russian Museum, the State Tretyakov Gallery, and Nizhny Tagil’s Local Lore Museum.
Typography Center for Contemporary Art is a public space in Krasnodar opened in 2012 by ZIP group and arts patron Nikolai Moroz. Its work is based on principles of cooperation, participation, and transparency. The Typography team work to develop the city’s intellectual, art, and cultural scenes, support contemporary art in Krasnodar and the region, and create a platform for dialogue on contemporary issues.