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The Modern Art Gallery, opened in 1980, is part of the State Museum of Fine Arts, the main building of which is right across the street. Originally the Exhibition Hall of the Artists' Union, MAG was completed for the opening of the regional Greater Volga exhibition, replacing the 19th-century wooden Bronnikov mansion.

MAG designers won the Gabdulla Tukay National Award of the Republic of Tatarstan. On display in the three-story building on Ulitsa Karla Marksa (Karla Marksa Street) are artworks by 20th and 21st-century artists. Graphic artists and photographers who are members of the local creative group exhibit at MAG. NMRA stages its informal events here, such as the Bush of Arts festival, bringing together musicians, graffiti artists and craftsmen. The gallery also hosts the Kazan International Biennial of Printed Graphics, christened Rider in 2015 in honour of the eponymous avant-garde collective of graphic artists, who worked in Kazan in the 1920s.

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What is today a culture centre was built as a hay storage in the early 1900s, and remained a warehouse for decades thereafter. The Smena Centre, which opened on December 7, 2013, marked its opening with a two-day book fair. Indeed, the culture centre started as a bookstore, serving as an outlet for independent publishers. The place still sells some rare books: fiction, poetry, non-fiction, coffee-table books, and serious scientific tomes. The book fair is now an annual event. In addition, Smena constantly holds art exhibitions, running the gamut from Naivisme to art installations, including photography and graphic arts, not to mention lectures, concerts, plays, debates and movie nights, which are also frequent. There is something new on the programme every day, e.g. a group of young authors from Moscow, expounding the idea of "Partisaning," or a group of local scientists giving a talk on quantum physics, drawing hundreds of listeners.

Hazine Gallery, opened inside the Kazan Kremlin in 2005 as Kazan celebrated its millennial anniversary, takes up almost the entire building of what once was a Junker Academy. Its second and third floors are dedicated to exhibits from the State Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Tatarstan, of which the gallery is an affiliate. That is upwards of 11,000 items as of the project's starting date. The first floor is occupied by exhibition spaces. On display at Hazine Art Gallery are works in different genres (painting, sculpture, graphics, folk arts and crafts), created by regional artists within the period of a hundred-plus years. One will find here the works of Nikolay Feshin, who is in high esteem as a Russian impressionist and modern art classic, paintings by Tatar classic Baki Urmanche, who worked as a miner, then a teacher, and was a political prisoner in Stalin's Gulag, and by devout Socialist Realist Kharis Yakupov.

The Junker Academy was built in 1836 to the drawings of Pyotr Pyatnitsky, but was initially a school for military cantonists before becoming a cadet school in the late 19th century. A military garrison was quartered here following the 1917 Revolution.

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