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“More installations please but full marks for effort”

Erarta Museum Of Contemporary Art
Ranked #29 of 1,810 things to do in St. Petersburg
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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
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“More installations please but full marks for effort”
Reviewed 25 April 2012

I can't give anything but full marks to Saint Petersburg's only real effort at a museum of contemporary art, and a private project at that - without it, the city would be missing a big slice of culture. A big thank you to the creators and one request - please exhibit more installations. Game over in the lobby is great, would love to see more along those lines

Visited April 2012
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Erarta, Public Relations Manager at Erarta Museum Of Contemporary Art, responded to this review, 11 May 2012
Thank you very much for your review - Erarta is indeed a wholly private project and Erarta Museum is the biggest private museum of contemporary art in Russia so your support of the project is greatly appreciated. Will relay your thoughts regarding more installations to our art department but I know they're already always on a look out for any such outstanding works by Russian artists. Look forward to your next visit!
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“A definite St Pete highlight”
Reviewed 24 April 2012

While if you only have one day, I wouldn't recommend straying from the usual suspects like the Hermitage but Erarta's modern works make for a great contrast to the old grandeur and opulence of kings. Certainly helps you see Russia from a new angle

Visited March 2012
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Erarta, Public Relations Manager at Erarta Museum Of Contemporary Art, responded to this review, 11 May 2012
Dear Adam, thank you for your review and we're glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself at Erarta. We indeed aim to complete the picture of Russia for our foreign guests from the contemporary art angle which they will otherwise miss if they stick to, as you put it, "the usual suspects". Even if you're in St. Petersburg for one day, we hope that you add Erarta to your schedule - we keep our doors open from 10am to 10pm in order to let everyone visit us later in the evening when other cultural establishments are closed. We hope to see you at Erarta again very soon!
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“Lots of new discoveries, most of them very pleasant”
Reviewed 21 April 2012

Was pleasantly surprised to see that a museum of contemporary art has appeared in St. Petersburg and has been well-received judging by the reviews! Went to check it out with my family and was pleasantly surprised. A word in advance - there are no "global names" here but it's a phenomenally rare instance of a Russian project with a genuine desire to spread the love of art to the public and it really stands out. There are no parallels out there in Russia and I look forward to seeing what the future holds here.

Visited April 2012
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Erarta, Public Relations Manager at Erarta Museum Of Contemporary Art, responded to this review, 10 May 2012
Dear Serge!
Happy to hear that you've enjoyed your visit. You managed to get the message we are sending to everybody: indeed, we are trying to spread the love of art to the public. Please come back soon - you will definitely find something interesting and new. Thank you very much!
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“Shame we only stopped here for an hour, would have loved more time”
Reviewed 19 April 2012

Had an action packed weekend in Saint Pete and the only place I felt compelled by to write something here was Erarta. Great effort to involve the visitors in art - just a shame that that we were rushing to make dinner reservations. Will definitely be back if I return to Russia

Visited March 2012
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Erarta, Public Relations Manager at Erarta Museum Of Contemporary Art, responded to this review, 10 May 2012
Dear Roger!
Thank you for your kind words about Erarta museum. Sorry to hear that you had so little time to visit us. You are kindly welcome to come again next time you;re in St. Petersburg!
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“The only real contemporary art museum in SPb”
Reviewed 18 April 2012

Very clean and modern place (comparing to some other museums in SPb). Good, often renewed exhibitions by local and inernational artists.
The only negative thing was a security guy, who in very unfriendly way told us that "museum is closed" and turned off the light in one of the galleries ;)

Visited March 2012
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Erarta, Public Relations Manager at Erarta Museum Of Contemporary Art, responded to this review, 19 April 2012
Dear Mr. Melnikov - thank you for the kind words about Erarta, it's great to hear all those positive things as we definitely aim to (and even pride ourselves) on the factors you listed such as cleanliness and of course, our exhibitions - we always want people to be part of an interesting, stimulating and friendly atmosphere in the building...

... which brings me to your security guard point. Rest assured that this matter is being taken very seriously as we always want our staff to be polite, respectful and friendly to every single guest. I've already raised the issue with the department which runs our security to stress this point, however, I'd also greatly appreciate any further details from you (such as date and time of your visit) in order to have the conversation directly with the individual involved. So if you could please send me an email to a.blohina@erarta.com then it would be really helpful in getting to the bottom of this

Once again, thank you for the kind words, very sorry that your experience was affected by this incident and I look forward to hearing from you directly in order to help ensure that this never happens again to you, or any other guest of ours! We look forward to welcoming you back at Erarta - if you'd like any particular information about upcoming exhibitions, again, please get in touch with me and I will gladly let you know
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