Visiting one of the many St Petersburg art galleries give you a different insight into local contemporary art, as well as a chance to buy a piece of art you like.
Being the cultural capital of Russia, Saint Petersburg hosts a large number of stunning and varied art galleries and cultural museums that rival those in Paris, London, or Berlin, and many other top world's cities.
For instance, we all know the unmissable Hermitage or Russian Museum, both famous worldwide. There you can spend a full day scanning the world class art and admire the rich history and culture of Russia, but you can't buy anything. However, there are lesser known art collections hosted by independent galleries where you can soak up the local young artist atmosphere, and bring back home as many pieces as you want of the city's artistic heritage to hand on a wall as a souvenir.
If during your visit to the Imperial city you're into buying some kind of work of arts, or simply you just want to enjoy an afternoon visiting unique private galleries, here's a list of five interesting commercial St Petersburg art galleries to explore.
If you step in at any of the galleries presented here, you can buy affordable items, which range from art stores selling prints,
souvenirs, and paintings to photography, graphic, and sculpture. Enjoy!☺
Below a list of the best St Petersburg art galleries to suit the taste of any art lover or art collector.
Address: Fontanka River Emb. 5 | St Petersburg 191023, Russia | Phone (+7) 981 871-17-30
"Provocative Modern Art"
This is one of the most popular St Petersburg Art Galleries! Housed in a re-designed old apartment, it will impress you with its rich collection of local St Petersburg and Russian art. The locals organized themselves into a group loosely translated as “The Magic Artists” and their intention is to dramatize the stupidity of life’s dramas. A small area is predictably dedicated to pigs, and the collection tilts a snout at everyday life. Much of the art is cartoon like but provokes thought. Exhibits change every two weeks.
Address: Ul. B. Pushkarskaya, 10 | St Petersburg 197198, Russia | Phone (+7) 812 309-28-38
This art gallery is described as one of St Petersburg’s hidden gems, and features in the list of the top 10 St Petersburg Art Galleries. Come here to see an ever-changing selection of paintings by local and Russian artists, and also some from further afield. The art can be purchased at very reasonable prices, and covers a wide range of genres, so there’s plenty to choose from, in fact, there is something for everyone.
Address: Varshavskaya Street, 3 corpus 2, floor 3, section 361 | St Petersburg 196240, Russia | Phone (+7) 921 950-15-10
"Top Private Collections"
The City Art Gallery houses a private collection of paintings by famous St Petersburg artists from the late Soviet era to contemporary works. Some of the art work hosted in this gallery can also be found at the Russian Museum, the Tretyakov Gallery, and the Hermitage Museum as well as in private collections in Russia, the United States, Europe and Asia. The artwork is for sale and documentation for exporting any item on exhibition is provided.
Address: 2 Line 29 Vasilyevsky Island | St Petersburg 199106, Russia | Phone (+7) 812 324-08-09
"Originals or Reproductions on Offer"
The Erarta Shop was opened in the Museum of Contemporary Art so that art can be brought closer to the public. The artwork is displayed in elegant surroundings, and you can purchase original works, or reproductions according to your purse. The shop is on the first floor of the museum and they also offer an on-line store. The Museum offers a massive collection spread over five floors, covering a multitude of arts, painting, sculpture, multimedia along with a café on Level 3. Definitely a must-see place!
Address: Fontanka River Emb. 24| St Petersburg 191028, Russia | Phone (+7) 812 273-00-56
"Enjoy the Russian Masters"
KGallery houses one of the largest private collections of Russian artwork in St Petersburg. The exhibits change regularly and this is the place to visit to immerse yourself in Russian culture. The small two-floor private gallery offers an absorbing array of interesting exhibits and is the perfect place to spend an hour or two. Works by such masters as Shishkin, Surikjov, Benoit, Kustodiyev and more await your discerning eye. Documentation to export paintings abroad will be prepared for you if required.
Written by Davide C.