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Alina Kryukova photoa—s—t—r—a is a gallery project created by Alina Kryukova, an entrepreneur and collector, in 2018 to promote art among the new generation and popularize collecting.

a—s—t—r—a is a combination of exhibition and interdisciplinary educational projects aimed at attracting new entrants to the art market. 

Conceived as an entry point for aspiring collectors, a—s—t—r—a worked during 2018 as an online platform for purchasing affordable art, and in late 2019 already represented Russian artists at the international fair SCOPE as part of ART BASEL, MIAMI. In March 2020, became the first Russian gallery to participate in the Spring/Break ArtShow in New York as part of the Armory Show, and in August 2020, the only Russian gallery to participate in the Enter Art Fair in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since 2020, it has participated annually in the Russian fairs Cosmoscow and blazar.

a—s—t—r—a works both with established artists with international careers such as Natalia Turnova, Alexey Morozov, Gosha Ostretsov, Egor Ostrov, Sebastian Heiner, Alina Blumis, and with young authors who have gained institutional recognition, including Maria Agureyeva, Nikita Shokhov, Dishon Yuldash, Jolie Alien, Pavel Bushuev..

The gallery is located on the premises of the Winzavod Contemporary Art Center.

Since October 2020 it has been a member of the Association of Galleries of Russia.

Alina Kryukova is an entrepreneur, founder of the a—s—t—r—a contemporary art gallery, contemporary art collector, and a graduate student of the Philosophy Department of Lomonosov Moscow State University. She is a member of the Board of the Association of Galleries of Russia and a member of the Expert Council of the Creative Industries Agency.

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