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New Museum in Saint Petersburg
January 25, 2016 15:14

It is the first private museum representing the history of development of the Russian nonconformist art of the last decades.
The founder of the museum, the patron of arts Aslan Chekhoyev, whose collection laid the foundation of the museum, explains that elementary interest of a modern person in the unique phenomenon of the Russian postmodernism was the main reason for the origin of the New Museum. The Russian art culture, which grew behind the Iron Curtain under the power of the anomaly named Socialist Realism (which was neither socialist, nor realism), was formed as a mysterious artifact developing under the general law of creative evolution, but in its own manner.
Being guided by commercial intuition, Aslan Chekhoyev like a stalker, selected artifacts with specific appeal. That specifics determined the value of his collection: "I can't tell that it is an advantage, but there was and will be nothing of the kind anywhere in the world".
It should be noted that experts' opinion in many respects coincided with Chekhoyev's intuition: lots of paintings displayed in the New Museum are assessed at tens of thousands of dollars. It happened not without titanic work carried out by the staff of the Tretyakov Gallery, the Russian Museum and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. As a result the New Museum has taken its niche in the system of museum collections as the keeper and a representative of the "second avant-garde" that grew up at the joint of two millennia.
The New Museum holds classes on the history of modern art for art critic students  of the St. Petersburg University and other higher educational institutions specializing in art.
The museum tickets run from 0 to 200 rubles.
The open hours are from 12 am to 7 pm on every day except Monday and Tuesday.
The New Museum is located at the address: 29, 6th Line, near the  Vasileostrovskaya metro station
The official site of the New Museum.

Author: Vera Ivanova

Tags: St. Petersburg Museums Modern Art    

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