Institute of Russian Realist Art

A private institution which brings back the public and social traditions of Russian artistic patronage

Yuri Kugach. Wedding. 2000
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The IRRA museum and exhibition centre was opened on December 1, 2011 in one of the old buildings of the former cotton-printing factory built in the «Zamoskvorechye» district of Moscow at the end of the 19th century.

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The IRRA art collection is widely regarded as one of the best collections of the Russian realist school of painting of the 20th century.

Helium Korzhev's exposition
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Three floors of exhibition space totaling over 4,500 square meters offer approximately 500 works of Russian and Soviet art.

Third floor

The halls of the third floor display one of the most important sections of the museum collection, Soviet art from the first half of the 20th century, including works by outstanding figures such as Arkady Plastov, Sergey Gerasimov, Alexander Deineka, Yury Pimenov, Georgy Nissky, Isaak Brodsky and other painters.

Viktor Ivanov's exibition
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Second floor

The second floor of the Institute of Russian Realist Art displays the Soviet art collection of the second half of the 20th century.

Kim britov. March in Suzdal. Blue day. 1996
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At its centre are works by the major painters of the 1960s including «National Artists», and full members of the Russian Academy of Arts Gely Korzhev, the brothers Sergei and Alexei Tkachev, Viktor Ivanov, Petr Ossovsky, Dmitry Zhilinsky and Tair Salakhov.

Alexander Deineka. Woman tying ribbon on his head. 1951
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The painters of this generation have continued the traditions of Russian artistic culture, and many of them, like Viktor Popkov, have dedicated their works to dramatic events in the contemporary life of Russia, with all of its difficulties and contradictions.

First floor

The halls of the first floor familiarise with present-day life in Russia, including works by such famous members of the Moscow school of painting as Viktor Kalinin, Alexei Sukhovetsky,Vladimir Telin, Nikolai Zaitsev, Vyacheslav Stekolschikov, Nikolai Solomin; the works of outstanding Leningrad painters Andrei Mylnikov, Yevsei Moiseenko, Boris Ugarov, Vyacheslav Zagonek; the artists from Vladimir, including Kim Britov, Vladimir Yukin and Mikhail Izotov.

Sergey and Alexey Tkachev. Comrades (Russian Field). 2003-2005
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Works by artists from Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Vologda, Vyatka, Sergiev Posad, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhny Novgorod and other Russian cities are also on display.

Useful Information

The Institute of Russian Realist Art (IRRA
Институт русского реалистического искусства (ИРРИ)


Adult - 150 rubles.
Students and schoolchildren - 50 rubles.
The first Tuesday and the last Saturday of each month: free.

Opening hours

  • Tue-Sun: 11.00-20.00
  • Ticket office closes at 19:30
  • Thu: 12.00-21.00.
  • Ticket office closes at 20:30
  • Mon: closed


115114, Russia, Moscow,
Derbenevskaya embankment d. 7, p. 31 (m. "Paveletskaya" m. "Proletarian"),
Business quarter "Novospassky".
Entrance from Derbenevskaya street
115114, Россия, Москва,
Дербеневская набережная д. 7, стр. 31 (м. «Павелецкая», м. «Пролетарская»),
Деловой квартал «Новоспасский».
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