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Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art

2 Line 29 Vasilyevsky Island, St. Petersburg 199106 , Russia
+7 (812) 324 08 09
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Ranked #16 of 1,033 Attractions in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: Erarta brings under one roof Russia's largest private Museum of Contemporary Russian Art (with over 2,000 works in its collection) and one of the... more » Owner description: Erarta brings under one roof Russia's largest private Museum of Contemporary Russian Art (with over 2,000 works in its collection) and one of the branches of its international Galleries (others located in London, New York and Zurich). Erarta building with an overall floor space of 8,600 sqm (currently being expanded to 10,200sqm) opened its doors in September 2010 but has already been nominated for Russia's museum of the year in its first year of existence. The Museum is especially worth visiting for its creativity, not only exhibiting other artists' works but also acting as an author itself with unique projects such as "U-Spaces" (total installations created by the Museum itself to immerse the viewer in a particular world), "Theatre with no actors" (the world's only multi-media play whose cast is made up exclusively of characters from paintings with special audio and video effects bringing them to life), "Art-literature" (accompanying essays of experts and regular visitors' thoughts about particular works of art, helping explain what kind of emotions they trigger in others), "Art-animation" (videos and cartoons transforming a two-dimensional painting into a story prolonged in time). Erarta building also has a restaurant, a cafe and several museum shops offering gifts, prints and books and is open every day (except for Tuesdays) from 10am to 10pm « less
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Limassol, Cyprus
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49 reviews 49 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

We spent about an hour, could be even more, and left with a very good feeling aboutthe whole museum. The shop was full of great items unlike most of the museum shops, and I was tempted quite a few times.

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Erarta, Guest Relations Manager at Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art, responded to this review

Dear Natalia, thank you for your feedback! We were delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time at Erarta. Our mission is to bring art closer to people so our visitors' opinion is one that matters most to us. You can be sure that we'll keep trying our best to introduce you talented artists and interesting exhibitions. In case you... More

Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Erarta is excellent contemporary art museum. It was complete happiness! I found of modern paints, in Erarta a great big collection of really good paintings. All exposition made with love, I can feel it. I recommend to visit U-spaces. Read all texts to every exposition, it all are very simple and impotent. Also we like cafe, BBsquare cartoons and display... More

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Erarta, Guest Relations Manager at Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art, responded to this review

Dear Yulia M, thank you for your feedback! It’s a pleasure to know that you’ve enjoyed your time at Erarta. You can be sure that we'll keep trying our best to keep it up the right way and maintain an atmosphere that will make Erarta feel like your home away from home. We are looking forward to seeing you again. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I really liked the style and inventory in the museum. There are couple of flats in the building - I'd recommend seeing all of them. The museum shop is also very nice and sells reproductions of the creations in the museum - I even bought one.

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Erarta, Guest Relations Manager at Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art, responded to this review

Dear Liorms, thank you for your feedback! We are glad you’ve enjoyed your time at Erarta. We’ll be happy to see you here again, as at the end of the year will open a new wing and new U-Space rooms, which you’ve mentioned. If to speak about our print shop, we have good news! You can choose any print you... More

Plainsboro, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

If you like contemporary art and have a bit of extra time, it is one of the places off the beaten path in Saint Petersburg you might want to consider. The museum is well planned and well designed, the collection is changing and expanding, there are events that become increasingly popular with the locals and visitors.

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Erarta, Guest Relations Manager at Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art, responded to this review

Dear flippables, thank you for your feedback! We are glad you’ve liked our museum. That is absolutely true that we expand: at the end of the year we’ll open a new wing. There will be more space for temporary exhibitions, a big concert hall and new U-Space rooms. Wish to see you here again. While travelling you can visit one... More

Sydney
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21 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

After visiting the Hermitage with all its bygone-era treasures a visit to Erarta is like a breath of fresh air. Here you will find Russian art at its most modern and innovative. Take a guided tour or walk around on your own. You'll be impressed!

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Erarta, Guest Relations Manager at Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art, responded to this review

Dear lutzy, thank you for your feedback! We are happy to know that you’ve liked our collection. For our future guests to understand what we are talking about- it is contemporary art, created from 1945 till present time. True to say that one can manage on his own in our museum as the collection is arranged thematically over five floors.... More

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I paid two trips to the Erarta Gallery and found it an exciting "living" space containing some excellent artworks and installations. Having visited the Hermitage earlier in the week you moved from passive storage to a Gallery of living work, well documented and supported by information sheets. The immediate impression is that it contains works by artists who are skilled... More

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Erarta, Guest Relations Manager at Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art, responded to this review

Dear Peter T, thank you so much for your feedback! We are so glad you’ve liked our collection. It’s absolutely right that Russian contemporary art is influenced by our history. And due to number of regions, represented by our artists, you can come closer to understanding Russians and what is called “Russian soul”. At the end of the year we’ll... More

Toronto
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78 reviews 78 reviews
14 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Seems that contemporary Russian art is not world class on the whole. Sociologically and culturally interesting as way to get a little deeper into the Russian mind. But not a great Art experience. If I compare with China as another emerging transformational country there is not the same vibrancy and creativity. Lots and lots of painting. Little of other media.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The gallery had an extensive and very interesting array of pieces with a russian twist. In many pieces you could clearly see that effect that the country's history and culture had on their work which was particularly interesting for me as a russian history student . I am no expert but, in my opinion, this is the best modern art... More

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Erarta, Guest Relations Manager at Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art, responded to this review

Dear Johndth-a, thank you for your feedback. You are absolutely right to say that Russian history affected on art in our country. We are glad you’ve liked our collection and found it helpful in your studies. Though not to mislead our future guests, we would like to mention that here in Erarta you can see contemporary art (1945- present time),... More

Smolensk, Russia
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8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The location prompted visiting this museum - it was next to my business trip object, and advised by a local SPb amateur. Never felt sorry about the time spent on the tour, despite the evenig time and tiredness after a business day. One of the positive features is that the museum working hours last till 9pm, with exception to Tuesday.

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Erarta, Guest Relations Manager at Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art, responded to this review

Dear Oksana P, thank you for your feedback. We appreciate that despite business purposes of your trip and tiredness, you found time to visit Erarta. And please say ‘thanks’ to your friend, who suggested to visit Erarta. Recommendation is the best advertisement ever! Glad you’ve mentioned our working hours, because it’s really remarkable that a museum works from 10 am... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

Had a great tour with a fun and knowledgeable guide. Be sure to leave time for the added experiwnce!

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Erarta, Guest Relations Manager at Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art, responded to this review

Dear Helencapp, thank you for your feedback! We are glad you’ve enjoyed your time at Erarta. We hope that our future guests will follow your recommendation on visiting U-Space rooms. By the way, soon we’ll have 3 more rooms and that’s a good reason to visit us again) Anyway, while travelling, you can visit our galleries in London, New York,... More

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