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20 Aug 2013

Multimedia Art Museum

The Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow (MAMM) is a state museum complex focused on the presentation and development of actual art related to new multimedia technologies. The actual museum was opened in October 2010 on the grounds of the former Moscow House of Photography, which had been established in1996, being the first Russian state art centre committed to photography at the time. The actual complex also includes the Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia, inaugurated in 2006, and the renovated Moscow House of Photography. Cumulative exhibition history of MAMM and Moscow House of Photography numbers more than 1,300 exhibitions in Russia and abroad, an average attendance of 30,000 to 35,000 people per month and more than 100 books issued.

The centre has an educational program which aims both to inform the public of important development strategies in contemporary art and to promote audience interaction with its collection and exhibition projects. The primary tasks are providing a free course at the Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia, the art library, student exchanges with art institutions outside Russia and organising short-term educational courses in the main disciplines of photography and one-off events.

The museum collaborates with leading European art institutions as part of the student exchange programme. More than fifty artists and photographers have participated in the programme since it was created just over 10 years ago. MAMM also cooperates with Moscow orphanages for which it has raised the funds to open a photo lab. The museum started to launch workshops for physically impaired children in 2009.

As for the Rodchenko School, it was founded to train artists and photographers working in the spheres of contemporary art and mass media with documentary, art and project photography, as well as video and new media. Students selected by a competition process are offered a free basic education in the following specialties: photography, video art, internet art, the history of photography, exhibition curator skills, photographic restoration and the electronic editing of images. For fee-paying students there are regular short-term educational courses in various disciplines , classes for children and youngsters, seminars and practical studies in the history of photography and contemporary art; lectures and master classes by famous names in photography and multimedia from Russia and abroad.