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.