The Barbarian Art Gallery by Natasha Akhmerova is an international
Contemporary Art Gallery located in Zurich and Moscow. The gallery’s
main mission has been to bring wider recognition to underappreciated
master artists of the post-Soviet period and a desire to bridge the gap
between the markets and mentalities of Western and Eastern European
Art. We promote art that is challenging, edgy and at the forefront of
We present masters who have become
established in recent historical time as well as emerging artists who
are in a phase of confident self-realisation. The Gallery vigorously
supports them in the art market by participating in international
exhibitions and art fairs. Further to this we invite critics and
curators to comment our activities and participate in our projects. We
also publish collector’s catalogues, which feature articles by
recognized experts in the field. The works of our artists are held in a
number of international museums and many have received major prizes
such as state awards.
The gallery positions itself as a forum
for the exchange of artistic and humanitarian ideas between West and
East. As a result of this we have been collaborating with important
institutions, such as the Hermitage and the Cabaret Voltaire, with
renowned curators, such as Nadim Samman, Viktor Misiano, Olesya
Turkina, Viktor Mazin, Adrian Notz, Mario Lüscher and Paolo Bianchi,
as well as with well known Swiss and Zurich based Artists, such as Jso
Maeder, Hannes Brunner, Trevor Guthrie, Kaspar Toggenburger, Rolf
Schroeter, Andres Bosshard, Com&Com and MARCK, among others.
the last couple of years the Gallery has been organizing leading
events such as the special Projects Program of the 4th Moscow Biennale
(2011), Rewriting Worlds – Dada Moscow, in collaboration with the
Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich (Adrian Notz) and Digital Dirigible (Nadim
We also have been participating at the last two
editions of the Venice Biennale supporting the collateral projects by
Dmitri Prigov (in 2011) and by Alexander Ponomarev (in 2009 and 2014
in the Marrakech Biennale).
The gallery publishes high quality catalogues to accompany most of the exhibitions.
The Barbarian Art Gallery is member of the association Die Zürcher Galerien.