The All-Union (All-Russia since 1994) Museum Association of the Tretyakov Gallery was formed in 1986. The Gallery’s building at Krymsky Val houses the only permanent exposition of 20th century Russian art in this country. It displays works by Russian avant-garde masters from the 1900s-1920s who are famous all over the world, for example, K.Malevich, V.Kandinsky, M.Chagall, P.Filonov, L.Popova, etc. These works were followed later by Socialist Realism during the 1930s-1950s. The creations 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 exposition is completed by works from the 1980s-1990s which, in principle, are "open" because the Tretyakov Gallery is always ready to increase its collection with the latest and most topical works by Russian artists.
In addition, the Gallery at Krymsky Val regularly organises various exhibitions of classic and contemporary art by Russian and foreign artists. Among the major exhibitions held here since 2000: "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 at Krymsky Val since 2002 under the patronage of Johnson & Johnson Co.
The uniqueness of the work with children in this Children’s Creative Centre is determined by the fact that it functions side by side with the 20th century art exhibition, which represents the most daring artistic experiments of the previous century.