REGINA Gallery is one of the first private art galleries in Moscow, founded by Regina and Vladimir Ovcharenko in 1990. Since its very first steps the Gallery has been supporting and promoting contemporary art as well as commissioning works of different media. The main goal of Regina consists in searching and developing new tendencies which emerge in the Russian art context as well as presenting the most exciting international art.
REGINA was opened in September 1990, at a time of important political and social changes, with an exhibition of Russian artist Natasha Tournova. The first projects were curated by artist Oleg Kulik (until 1994). During these years Regina organized a number of outstanding projects that were included in the Gold Fund (most valuable possession) of Russian contemporary art. Among them were the group exhibition Festival of Animalistic Projects, solo exhibitions of Boris Orlov, Semyon Faibisovich, Ivan Chuikov.
After Oleg Kulik’s decision to pursue the career of an artist, Regina decided to invite more artists and to start an international activity. At that time the Gallery participated in the international art fair (ART COLOGNE 1994) and the first exhibition of the Western artist took place (Alix Lambert, 1994).
In 1996 American curator Dan Cameron, in collaboration with REGINA Gallery, presented the exhibition “On Beauty”, where the works by Mariko Mori, Pierre et Gilles, Mike Kelley, Gabriel Orozco and other international artists were shown for the first time in Russia. For some of the artists, who by now have established themselves as top-line artists of contemporary art scene, the “On Beauty” project appeared to be one of the first international exhibitions they participated in.
Since the 2000s REGINA has been successfully collaborating with leading Russian artists (Victor Alimpiev, Sergey Bratkov, Pavel Pepperstein, Semyon Faibisovich) as well as with foreign ones (Claire Fontaine, Jonathan Meese, Ryan Mosley, Jack Pierson, Daniel Richter, Erwin Wurm).
The Gallery artists were repeatedly invited to take part in the Moscow, Sao Paolo and Venice biennales. REGINA Gallery regularly collaborates with Russian, Ukrainian and European Museums.
REGINA constantly participates in international art fairs such as FRIEZE ART FAIR (London, UK), ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH (Miami, USA), ARMORY SHOW (New York, USA), ARTBRUSSELS (Brussels, Belgium), ARTISSIMA (Torino, Italy).