Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art

Sankt-Peterburg, Russia

Erarta is the biggest global project in Russian contemporary art, a must-see institution for gaining insight into modern Russia. At the heart of Erarta lies a totally unique approach to both the art and the viewer, a desire to build a new relationship system between people and art. The museum’s absolute focus and priority are concentrated on the most important person at Erarta – the visitor. All of Erarta’s activities are aimed at growing the number of people who appreciate and love contemporary art because at the core of the institution lies a belief that love of art can make any individual’s life more interesting and fulfilling, thus, ultimately, spreading a passion for art makes the world a happier place.

In St. Petersburg, one of the wings of its 10,000 sq. m building is dedicated to the permanent exhibit of the collection of Erarta Museum, the largest private museum in Russia, containing 2800 works by more than 300 artists from all over the country. Another two wings are dedicated to temporary exhibitions and change completely every three months, with over 35 shows in total staged each year. There is also a multi-function Erarta Stage performance hall with a maximum occupancy of 800, which every year hosts over 300 various events such as plays, concerts and film screenings as well as lectures and meetings with renowned figures from the worlds of art, fashion and design. Erarta is open every day except for Tuesdays, from 10:00 till 22:00

Leisure & Shopping:
Guests are able to enjoy dining at the à la carte restaurant with a spacious summer terrace that serves Russian and European cuisine dishes created by an award-winning chef, or alternatively, try a wide selection of delicious homemade desserts and pastries at the Coffee Rooms with an open-air balcony. There are also several shops located in the Erarta building – the gift shop with unique souvenirs and handicrafts, print shop which offers custom size prints of works from the collection and a book shop with a large selection of publications on art, architecture, fashion and design.

Tickets and Membership:
A one-day ticket costs RUB 500 and gives access to both the permanent collection display and all the temporary exhibitions. Erarta Membership (Annual Pass) costs RUB 950 (approx. USD 20) and gives unlimited access to all exhibitions throughout for the duration of a year as well as discounts at the restaurant, coffee rooms and all shops operating in the building. Members are invited to exhibition openings and previews and are able to access a dedicated fast track queue.

Guided Tours:
Erarta’s guided tours have something for everyone as they’re tailored to audience needs, enabling both art novices and experts to discover something interesting. The most popular tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and gives guests an overview of the most interesting pieces of the collection and insights into issues concerning contemporary Russia and its people as reflected in the works of art on exhibit. There are also special options, such as the private nighttime tour with flashlights or enhanced interactive elements with actors bringing particular works of art to life. All guided tours should be booked in advance by emailing or by calling +7 812 324 11 96. Audio guides are available for hire at the reception desk.

Interesting Facts:
The name of the Erarta Museum is derived from uniting two words, “Era” and “Arta”, whose combination can be translated from Russian as “the era of art”. The very first thing that all guests see when visiting the museum are the two sculpture of Era and Arta in front of the building, which were especially created for Erarta by the St. Petersburg artist Dmitry Zhukov.

The Erarta building is an example of late Stalinist classicism, originally built in 1951 for the local headquarters of the communist party and later occupied by the Synthetic Rubber Research Institute of the USSR. It took a complete three-year renovation of the interior to transform the space into one suitable for a contemporary art museum and Erarta finally opened its doors to visitors in 2010.

In only its third year of existence, Erarta became ranked among the top 10 museums in all of Russia according to Trip Advisor’s Travellers Choice awards. In the list of top museums that also includes the likes of the Hermitage and the Tretyakov Gallery, Erarta was the only museum dedicated to contemporary art and was the only non-state-funded one. In the fourth year, Erarta became listed as a “top sight” of St. Petersburg by the Lonely Planet Travel Guide.

With 300,000 social media subscribers, Erarta has the largest online following among all of museums in Russia.

There are several unique projects that one can only experience at Erarta – total installations called “U-Space” that designed to invoke particular feelings or emotions during private 15-minute sessions for visitors, the “Theatre with no Actors” project which involves a multimedia play featuring characters of paintings that are brought to life by special audio and video effects, the “Art-Animation” project in which a series of humorous and artistic cartoons extend the moment captured by the artist on canvas into a prolonged story, the “Art-Literature” project that gives every visitor the opportunity to share thoughts that were inspired by a particular work of art from the collection that are published and displayed next to those works for others to enjoy and finally, the “Audio Installations” project which presents soundtracks to art, recorded by professional musicians, designed to enhance viewer perception.

In 2014 Erarta Museum premiered its own cartoon series about art, entitled “The Adventures of BB Square” which brings to life some of the most famous works of art and places them in situations of everyday life. The English and Russian versions of the educational and entertaining cartoon have attracted over 4 million views on YouTube.

Every year Erarta hosts the world’s only festival of short films about painting entitled Erarta Motion Pictures. Another trademark Erarta project is “Cross Art”, the annual festival of art synthesis, which showcases works that were created as part of a fusion of two or more art genres.

Contact details:
Address: 2, 29th line of Vasilievsky Ostrov, St. Petersburg, Russia, 199106
Working hours: 10:00 – 22:00 every day except for Tuesdays
Telephone: +7 812 324 08 09

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