The Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art “ERARTA” is the biggest non-governmental museum of contemporary art in Russia. The building of the museum was erected in 1951 for the local district committee. During the Soviet times there was the Institute of synthetic rudder. The main entrance is decorated with two sculptures of Era and Arta, which were made by sculptor D. Zukov on the request of the museum. The Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art “ERARTA” were opened on 30 September 2010.
Nowadays the collection includes more than 2000 works of modern artists. The main part of the collection is the works of artists from Saint-Petersburg. However the museum’s management invites artists from all over the world to collaboration, because the main aspects in choosing the works for exhibits are freedom, singularity and craftsmanship. In the museum different art directions are presented: painting, graphic arts, sculpture, installation, video art and others. Also here you may see the works of different generations and directions of contemporary art: from 1950-1960s to our days, from realism to abstraction and primitive art. Among the most famous artists, whose works you can see in the museum are V. Mikhailov, V. Ovchinnikov, E. Figurina, V. Lukka, A. Dashevskiy, V. Migachev, N. Kopeikin, P. Gorban, Z. Arshakuni, V. Duhovlinov, R. Voligamsi, A. Radiev, E. Uhnalev.A lot of temporary exhibitions, theme excursions and educational programs are held in the museum.
Extremely interesting project, which was realized in the museum is “U-Space”. The U-Space is installations, each of them is realized in one room. A visitor enters the room and becomes absorbed in its special atmosphere, where he can stay alone with his thoughts and feelings. Nowadays you can visit five U-spaces: “My house – my fortress?”, “Childhood”, “What’s left when everything’s gone”, “Cherry orchard” and “Origins”. While visiting U-Spaces everyone can find something new in life, in consciousness.