Galleries and Modern Art
Anna Nova Art Gallery
This two-storey art gallery primarily focuses on the work of young, up-and-coming local artists and is a great place to just pop in for a visit. When the curators are experts from no less an institution than the State Hermitage museum, it is probably not surprising that exhibitions typically present traditional works on paper or canvas though with modern pop art sensibilities. There have also been video installations and occasional displays of sculptures.
Erarta, Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art
The newly opened Erarta museum is the biggest non-governmental contemporary museum in Russia and definitely one of its most exciting. The spectacularly restored five-story building is separated into two parts – one part a gallery where the works are for sale and the other part a museum tracing the history of Russian modern art of the past 60 years. Some of the works and installations on display are truly monumental in size and will leave anyone interested in new Russian art swooning. The passionate curators are constantly updating their collection by travelling across Russia to find still undiscovered future stars and track down old favourites from all periods and types of Russian contemporary art movements. Currently, Erarta has around 2000 works, so when you visit, make sure to give yourself plenty of time.
Loft Project Etagi
This five-story building used to be a bread factory in the past, but now instead of bread,it's art pieces that come in and out the door. With two main galleries, exhibition rooms, a bookstore, clothes shops and cafe, Etagi works more as an art center than a gallery. The atmosphere of New York City is created by the high ceilings, the wooden floors and uncovered pipes along the concrete walls, but St. Petersburg artists occupy the main branch of the exhibitions, that usually are open to the public for free. Film festivals, kids' workshops and even pet adoption fairs are held in Etagi, which is the pioneer gallery with a loft style in the city.