Five Galleries

It’s not unusual for old factory buildings to transform into fashionable homes for artists and galleries. What is uncommon, however, is for such industrial settings to skip the starving-artist stage and go directly to SoHo-chic. Yet that’s just what has happened at Winzavod (1 Fourth Syromyat­nich­eskiy Pereulok, Bldg. 6; 7-495/917-3436;, a new arts center set in a striking old redbrick wine fac­tory (the name means "wine factory"). Tucked behind the Kursky train station, Winzavod is the brainchild and business project of Ro­­man and Sofia Trotsenko, a wealthy couple who have set their sights on art and profit—not surprising bedfel-lows in this money-driven city. Visitors will find Moscow’s best contemporary art galleries; those that haven’t moved here outright have opened affiliates. The five Winzavod galleries below have helped the Trotsenkos capture the eye of local critics.

Aidan: A partner in Russia’s first contemporary art gallery back in 1989, Aidan Salakhova opened her own space in 1992. A re­­cent show by Alexander Savko featured The Simpsons characters superimposed on classic Russian paintings.

Guelman: Marat Guelman is well known for his political activism. A portrait panorama here by Dmitry Vrubel and Viktoria Timofeyeva displayed everyone from Putin to Alexander Litvi­-nenko, the former KGB officer poisoned in London.

Proun: A new gallery by Marina Loshak, noted for her unerring taste in avant-garde and folk art. If you’re into Malevich or rural motifs, this is a good bet.

Regina: The stable of Vladimir Ovcharenko, a former banker, notably includes photographer Nikolai Bakharev, known best for his innocently erotic shots of real people.

XL: Elena Selina’s gallery is big on video installations and colorful paintings by Dubosarsky & Vinogradov, a long-standing artistic duo, as well as photographs by Oleg Kulik, who gained fame as a performance artist—playing a dog.