St Petersburg art exhibitions are private or run by the artists themselves, making their collections more personal and interesting.
The city of St Petersburg is a real haven for art lovers because there are plenty of art exhibitions and galleries in the city worth visiting. All the city's galleries are open every day of the week.
From fascinating works of painting, sculpture, and etchings installations to video-art, screening, and other forms of art performances made by well-known masters and local artists, whose creation have become a bright page in the history of Russian art, you have plenty of choice to entertain yourself.
If you're interest in getting an unforgettable immersion into Russian art and culture, and at the same time you also want to enjoy a vibe or hipster ambience along with food, drinks, and shops to chill out a little, we have put together a list of great St Petersburg art exhibitions for you to explore during your visit to Russia's Northern Capital. Enjoy!
Ready to go? See below our top picking list of St Petersburg art exhibitions, and choose one.
Address: Line 29th, 2 Vasilyevsky Island | St Petersburg 199106, Russia | Phone: +7 812 324-08-09
"Contemporary Art From All Regions"
Museum Erarta is the largest private museum of contemporary art in Russia. Here you can see works of both renowned masters and inherently talented authentic artists who aren’t yet widely known. Works by artists from various regions such as Perm, Krasnodar, Ufa, Novosibirsk and others ensure diversity. Not just staging exhibitions, or being a fine arts museum, Erarta has also become a cultural centre hosting plays, film screenings, concerts, lectures and more. Facilities include a gift shop on the 1st floor offering designer souvenirs as well as printed editions, a Coffee Room on the 3rd floor, and Erarta Café and Restaurant in the basement.
Address: Ligovsky Avenue, 53| St Petersburg 191040, Russia | Phone: +7 812 764-53-71
This is an art centre for creative people with bold ideas. Now more than 20 years old, it still is on the cutting edge of contemporary art and is the largest non-commercial and non-governmental centre of contemporary art in Russia. Pushkinskaya 10 Art Centre consistently represents the integration of Russian contemporary art and new world culture, and now is embracing the new media – internet-art, media performances, and seminaries related to culture and art. Features include the John Lennon Temple of Love, the Art Bureau, Gallery of Experimental Sound, Fine Arts Museum as well as an 8-room mini-hotel.
Address: Ul. Zhukovskogo, 28| St Petersburg 187010, Russia | Phone: +7 812 719-82-72
"Affordable Contemporary Art"
Founded in 2005, Anna Nova Gallery shows and sells contemporary art. The gallery was born out of the idea of creating an online store featuring exclusively the democratic works of authors – circulation graphics, photographs, prints. The 2-storey art gallery presents exhibitions that primarily focus on young, up-and-coming local artists, and can include video installations, and sculpture, with a strict criterion regarding quality and level of technical implementation. The gallery also organizes lectures, meetings, master classes, and film screenings for those interested in the development of modern 21st century art.
Address: Ligovsky Prospekt, 74 | St Petersburg 181040, Russia | Phone: +7 812 458-50-05
"City Within a City"
In addition to being an exhibition centre for the arts, the Loft Project (Etagi) is also a cultural centre that holds a range of events from film festivals to kids’ workshops, and from rooftop parties to pet adoption fairs. It’s also home to the “container city” – containers that are now used for street food cafes, shops and more. Etagi offers countless shops selling anything from clothes to shisha tobacco, and has a hostel, a bar, beauty salons, and cafes, including the terrace café where you can see over the city.
Address: Shosse Revolutsii, 84 | St Petersburg 195248, Russia | Phone: +7 812 244-14-94
"Take a Tour"
Located on an 11-hectare industrial site, this Street Art Russian Museum is well worth making the effort to visit. While street art once seemed an unlikely art form, today the genres range from muralism, sculpture, and graphics, to installation and video art. The idea for the Museum’s creation came after a graffiti party in 2011 in one of the workshops abandoned in the 1990s and today is a popular place to visit. Large scale murals and installations interact with the space, transforming and augmenting it. Tours cost 250-350 rubles.
Address: Fontanka River Emb., 21| St Petersburg 191023, Russia | Phone: +7 812 333-26-55
"Eggs and Much More"
Located in the magnificently restored Shuvalov Palace, the privately-owned Faberge Museum collection includes over 4,000 items and includes of course the nine Easter Eggs crafted for the last two Russian tsars. Visitors should book a tour in their language of choice, and you’ll be heartened that you can get really close up to the exhibits. The guides offer an informative and entertaining dialogue that brings to life the craftsmanship of a bygone era. The museum was founded to preserve, study and promote Russia’s cultural heritage and their aim is to repatriate lost historical valuables to Russia. The Gift Shop sells quality souvenir items.
Written by Davide C.