The underground museum is built around the preserved white stone base of the Kitaygorodskaya wall which was erected in the 16th century. A fragment of the monument was discovered during archaeological works before the construction of Zaryadye park. A long time ago on the place of the museum was located the very first street in Moscow – Velikaya. Now in the underground space adjacent to the Moskvoretskaya embankment, a museum with multimedia projections and interactive panels takes place.
In 2020, in the frames of the exhibitions cycle #three, Underground Museum represent art from different eras and styles — like a visual book, combining painting and sculpture, with multimedia immersion in the biography of artists and the historical context. The semantic center of each exposition will be three artworks, accompanied by video installations.
The first exhibition of the cycle #three_ took place from January 14 to February 2 and was dedicated to the work of Alexander Vinogradov and Vladimir Dubossarsky. Underground Museum introduced three joint works of the artists: “Bella”, “Goluboy Ogonyok” on Shabolovka (Gagarin & Tereshkova)” and “Neighbour”. The multimedia part of the exposition included fragments of the film by Alexander Shein and Evgeny Mitta “Vinogradov and Dubossarsky: Custom Made Painting”.
From 5 to 16 February, the museum hosted exhibition dedicated to the work of Aristarkh Lentulov. Visitors saw the paintings “Greek. A Sketch of the Fresco” (1910), “Portrait of M. P. Lentulova in a Blue Dress” (1913) and “Portrait of M. P. Lentulova next to a birch” (1914–1915). The three innovative paintings were complemented by archival materials, telling about the artist's life and periods of his work. The exposition also represented picturesque landscapes of Fedor Lentulov, the great-grandson of the avant-garde artist.
From February 28 to March 15 Underground Museum introduced exhibition dedicated to the work of Zurab Tsereteli. The exhibition presented three paintings: “Rimma the seducer” (2008), “The second round” (2012), “Next to Tsereteli Painting” (2012). The multimedia part featured archive footage and fragments of a documentary about the artist.
The exhibition # three_ fem/theme (19 March — 15 April) revealed the theme of two women roles in the art world: a muse and an artist. The exposition included three paintings by contemporary artists: “Doppelganger-2” by Igor Mikhailenko, “Open Space” by Vadim Komissarov and “Cosmo-Tennis” by Vadim Grigoriev-Bashun. The multimedia part introduced video works by Alexey Belyaev-Gintovt, Andrey Iryshkov, Valentin Korzhov, animation by Natalya Tomilova and Oleg Katorgin, documentation of performances by Weld Queen, Elena Kovylina, Elizaveta Rukavishnikova.
On May 9, Underground Museum presented the exhibition “Faces of War”. The central part of the exposition introduced three paintings by the Soviet and Russian artist, the outstanding master of the “severe style” Igor Obrosov: Moscow. Seeing off the Echelons (2001), Evacuation (2001) and Frontiers outside Moscow (2001).The multimedia part of the exhibition included videos featuring actors from Dmitry Brusnikin Workshop: Kirill Odoevsky, Andryi Gordin and Eva Milgram who read poetry about the Great Patriotic War. The exposition continued the cycle #three_ and became the first exhibition of the project, the opening of which was held online.
On July 3, the exhibition dedicated to Ilya Glazunov and timed to the 90th anniversary of the artist's birth opened in Underground Museum. According to the tradition of the project, there are three paintings that make up the pictural part of the exhibition. They present the main themes in the creative work of Glazunov – the tragic moments of Russian history, the world of spiritual pursuits of Dostoevsky. The multimedia part introduces the biography of the artist, the illustrative and theatrical works and important social activity. The exhibition is open until July 19.
Underground Museum is located in front of Gastronomic Сenter in the underpass from the park to Moskvoretskaya embankment. Visitors with special needs can use the elevator.
Please note that during the visit you must use a face mask and keep a social distance of 1.5 meters. If you have a temperature or respiratory disease symptoms, you can’t visit the museum.