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From 1992 to 2003, the museum built a significant collection of modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by Russian artists. The concentration on post-Soviet works by Russian émigrés makes it a unique collection in the U.S. The collection includes pre-Soviet era, Soviet era, and works by both state-recognized and non-conformist artists. The largest component of the collection consists of second-generation non-conformist artists from the Brezhnev era into the post-Soviet period, including artists such as Komar and Melamid. The collection is currently undergoing scholarly evaluation.