ART4 is a museum and auction site for contemporary Russian art. Its story began in 2007 when Igor Markin opened Moscow’s first private museum of contemporary art in the city center. It featured a permanent exhibition of more than 1,000 works by major Russian artists, including Ilya Kabakov, Erik Bulatov, Vladimir Nemuhin, Dmitry Prigov, Komar and Melamid, Vladislav Mamyshev Monroe, Oleg Kulik, Anatoly Osmolovsky – all in all about 150 names.
The Museum was open every day for its first 18 months, but changed its format in 2008 to be open only once a week, and then later to be open just one night of the year – the Night of Museums. In December 2015, ART4 relaunched in a new concept “the museum that sells art”. The museum still hosts a permanent collection, but every month presents a solo exhibition of artists from its venerable collection, as well as oth- er promising young artists.
In June 2016, ART4 took a new step for- ward, launching the first online auction site for contemporary Russian art. All works for sale there can be viewed live at the ART4 Museum in Moscow.