The Moscow Museum of Modern Art is the first state museum in Russia to specialize entirely in the art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Since the opening, the museum has expanded its field of activity many times and has gained recognition from the general public. Today the museum is one of the most active participants in the artistic life of the capital.
The museum opened its doors on December 15, 1999 with the support of the Government of Moscow and the Department of Culture of Moscow. The founder and director of the museum was Zurab Tsereteli, President of the Russian Academy of Arts. His personal collection, consisting of more than 2000 works of famous artists of the XX century, marked the beginning of the museum collection.
Later, the museum funds were significantly replenished, and now it is one of the most representative collections of Russian art of the XX century.