In 2013, Avesta Group was commissioned to transform a former cinema into a Contemporary Art Museum.
Udarnik is a former Soviet cinema, built as part of the project of the residential complex known as the House on the Embankment, planned by the famous Soviet architect Boris Iofan. It’s one of the oldest Moscow cinemas, the actual first movie-theatre featuring a sound system. For a long time, it was the city's dominant cinema, projecting all the latest Soviet movies.
Completed in 1931, Udarnik is located in the Central Administrative Okrug of Moscow, the historical and cultural heart of the capital. The Udarnik is a timeless monument of Russian Constructivism which remains an essential and iconic building for Muscovites.
Today, the former cinema will become a Contemporary Art Museum upon the initiative of Shalva Breus, founder of the Shalva Breus Foundation and Kandinsky prize.
The overall statement of the Udarnik project is to offer to Russian Contemporary Art the attention and recognition it deserves. Its primary mission is to help the public to understand and enjoy the Russian Art of our time. Udarnik museum aims to engage artists and audiences through an ambitious programme of exhibitions, collection, education, publication and art prize.
One of its goals is to maintain the growing appetite for contemporary art and support the development of quality Russian contemporary art. It will fuel creativity, ignite minds and provide inspiration. This includes the creation of a Contemporary Art Museum with a substantial collection, the development of outreach cultural programmes and the expansion of the existing publishing programme.
The Museum of Contemporary Art is to become one of the most important centres of cultural attraction in Russia and a significant player in the Russian Contemporary Art field.
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