Erarta is the largest non-governmental museum of contemporary art in Russia, located in Saint Petersburg.
The overall objective of the project is to collect, exhibit, and popularize most ingenious and skillful works by contemporary artists. The main part of the project is the museum of contemporary art “Erarta”, located in Saint Petersburg. Besides the museum, the project also includes commercial galleries, a workshop, publishing and educational programs, as well as various cultural events and activities. Erarta was established with the idea of an ultimately open project not only to serve various categories of artists and visitors, but also encouraging cooperation with everyone who wishes to realize their ideas, both professionally and as an amateur. This means that Erarta project is under continuous development.
The museum aims to provide every visitor with an opportunity to discover the best works of contemporary art. At present,[when] the Erarta collection counts about 2,000 works by more than 140 artists who represent various regions of Russia. But for painting that is the majority of the collection, it includes graphics, sculpture, installations, and other types of modern fine arts.
When choosing works for the museum collection, staff assess them in accordance with the criterion of talent, not the artist’s popularity or adherence to a particular art movement. Erarta does not refer to prestigious authorities and does not offer ready-made viewpoints to its visitors, thus giving them an opportunity to make their own choice towards something that is most interesting and close to them.
The gift shop is on the first floor. There a wide range of designer souvenirs is presented, including author’s works in a single copy. Erarta bran-name products are especially remarkable. Here it also possible to buy Erarta printed editions. Any item sold in the shop is available for order and purchase on the web-site. The "Aivazovsky" Restaurant is located in the basement floor, offering Russian and European cuisine. The "АRTpoint" café is located in the central part of the third floor. The same hall houses the "Royal" cafe, with live music.