The Russian businessman and art collector Aslan Chekhoev decided to open his collection to the public after it got too large to keep at home, and so the New Museum was born in 2012 in a heavily renovated building from the 1970s: it was the first private contemporary art museum to open in St. Petersburg. The museum's collection features works by nonconformist Soviet artists from the mid-20th century, including Grigory Bruskin, known for his depictions of Soviet Jews,as well as such big names in contemporary Russian art as the controversial performance artist and photographer Oleg Kulik, and the pop-artist duo of Vladimir Dubosarsky and Alexander Vinogradov, who got famous for their distinctly Russian satires of contemporary culture. Note that tickets must be paid for in cash.