Erarta St. Petersburg has been featured in the Wall Street Journal's run down of Russia's top private museums. This is what they had to say:
This gallery boasts 2,000 works and adjunct galleries in cities around in world. It was opened by Marina Varvarina, the press-shy widow of murdered Russian lumber magnate Dmitry Varvarin. Located in a sprawling, neoclassical building, the museum's five floors are filled with works spanning every major school of Russian art since 1945. The museum also contains a series of "U-spaces" ("U" meaning "you")—intimate galleries where patrons make appointments to enjoy a variety of installations in solitude for 15-minute blocks. "Artists were the most free, creative people in what was a dreary Soviet city when my mother was growing up," said Vadim Varvarin, Ms. Varvarina's 26-year-old son, who runs Erarta's endowment. "When international barriers were lifted, a lot of these artists were moving overseas and making exclusive contracts with international galleries. We wanted them to have a space back here."
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