About the Museum

About the Museum of Odesa Modern Art


The Museum of Odesa Modern Art (MoOMA) was founded on April 10, 2008, by businessman and philanthropist Vadim Morokhovskiy. It originated from a unique collection of unofficial art from Odesa dating back to the 1960s-1980s, including works by artists of the “second wave of Odesa avant-garde” from the collection of collector Mikhail Knobel. This collection has been significantly expanded and continues to grow.

Throughout its existence, MoOMA has successfully organized numerous important events, including international biennials of contemporary art, which have created a platform for creative collaboration among cultural institutions, artists, curators, art historians, and cultural experts from more than 30 countries worldwide.

The museum’s collection includes works by many prominent representatives of Odesa’s “nonconformism,” such as Oleg Sokolov, Oleksandr Anufriyev, Valentin Khrushch, Volodymyr Naumets, Volodymyr Strel’nikov, Lyudmila Yastreb, Yuri Yegorov, Oleksandr Freidin, Lucien Dulfan, and many others.

The museum also features a wide representation of the creativity of Odesa’s conceptual artists, including Leonid Voitechov, Serhiy Anufriyev, Yuri Leyderman, Ihor Chatskin, Oleksandr Roytburt, the “Peppers” Group (Lyudmila Skrypkin, Oleg Petrenko), the “Martinkas” Group (Svitlana Martynchyk, Ihor Shtyopin), and others. Works by artists of the 1990s are also presented, including Ihor Husiev, Andriy Kazandzhiy, Dmytro Dulfan, Myroslav Kulchytskyi, Vadym Chekorskyi, Ute Kilter, and more.

The museum consists of several parts: the main building, which houses the main exhibition, a new exhibition hall, and the experimental center Muzeon.

The main building of the museum is a architectural monument dating back to 1906, designed by the Swedish architect Christian Skveder (1850–1920) for his own family. The first and second floors house 12 exhibition halls, where works from the museum’s collection are displayed. Long-term curator projects, exhibitions from private collections, guided tours, as well as meetings and discussions focusing on current issues in the development of contemporary art, take place within these halls.

In the basement premises, you will find the Muzeon Experimental Centre – an alternative exhibition space, aimed at creating an open and non-judgmental environment for artistic communities in Odessa and supporting young artists in realizing their individual and collaborative projects. Lectures, concerts, performative events take place here, and an open library operates on a voluntary contribution basis, containing over 400 publications dedicated to contemporary art. The Muzeon space is established and supported by the Museum of Odesa Modern Art.

The new exhibition hall is equipped with a climate control system, modern media technology, and takes into account the needs of visitors with limited mobility. Exhibitions, performances, lectures, presentations, and film screenings take place in the exhibition hall.

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