The All-Union Museum Association of the Tretyakov Gallery was established in 1986 (it was renamed the All-Russia Association in 1994). The Gallery’s building on Krymsky Val houses the only permanent exhibition of 20th century Russian art in the country. It displays works by Russian avant-garde masters from the 1900s-1920s who are famous all over the world, such as K.Malevich, V.Kandinsky, M.Chagall, P.Filonov and L.Popova. These works were followed later by Socialist Realism during the 1930s-1950s. The works by artists of the "Severe Style" from the 1960s are demonstrated in parallel with "underground" art, which started the "second wave" of Russian avant-garde. The exhibition is completed by works from the 1980s-1990s which, are continuously "open" because the Tretyakov Gallery is always prepared to increase its collection with the latest and most topical works by Russian artists.
In addition, the Gallery on Krymsky Val regularly organises various exhibitions of classic and contemporary art by Russian and foreign artists. Among the major exhibitions held here since 2000: are "Videosculpture from Germany", Karl Bryullov’s 200th Birthday Anniversary, "In Malevich’s Circle", Pierre Soulage. Black Light, Victor Popkov, 1932-1974 and "The Sound and the Image. Music in Russian Art of the 11th-20th centuries".
The Children’s Creative Studio has been running at the Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val since 2002 under the patronage of Johnson & Johnson Co.
The work with children in the Children’s Creative Centre is unique in that it functions side by side with the 20th century art exhibition which houses the most daring artistic experiments of the previous century.