Institute of Russian Realist Art in Moscow, Russia

Art lovers often scoff at socialist realism—the officially approved art of the Soviet Union—shrugging it off as propaganda. But this relatively new museum, based on a vast private collection, showcases the diversity and often surprising humor and humaneness of socialist realist art.

Opened in 2011, the Institute of Russian Realist Art (IRRA) houses a trove of Soviet artistic treasures. The museum is said to hold the best collection of socialist realist art from the 20th century.

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