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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.

The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University owns more than 10,000 works of art. As part of its mission, the Nasher Museum created this online database to make its collections accessible to a wide audience. This is an ongoing project, so please check back periodically to browse new entries. Some data may change as a result of ongoing research.