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.
In 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 Samman).
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.