ABOUT THE VENUE
The MMOMA building on Gogolevsky Boulevard, like the building on Petrovka, is the work of architect Matvey Kazakov. The full name of this particular venue is the State Museum of Modern Art of the Russian Academy of Arts. Completed in the late 18th century, it is best known as the house of Decembrist Mikhail Naryshkin. Members of the Northern and Southern Societies of the Decembrists gathered here. In 1830 the house was sold to the Udelnaya office (the institution that administered the property of the imperial family) and until the 1917 Revolution it belonged to the Ministry of Education. Ivan Turgenev stayed here in the 1850s-1870s when visiting Moscow; A.N. Ostrovsky, A.F. Pisemsky, A.N. Plescheyev, A.A. Fet, Ya.P. Polonsky and others were also guests of the house. In Soviet times the building of the former manor housed the Board of the USSR Union of Artists.
Now, for more than ten years, both buildings at 10 Gogolevsky have been home to the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. Currently, it hosts large-scale retrospectives, major thematic exhibitions and international projects, as well as shows of works by young artists as part of the Debut programme. The wing (the second building) hosts smaller exhibitions in various genres.