Abstract. Throughout the 1990s, processes of “collapse” in the urban culture of the region coexisted with processes of new phenomena emergence, institutions and subsystems of cultural production. In the first post-Soviet decade many new cultural phenomena of modernity have been revealed: diverse forms of artists, including different cities, a noticeable growth of personal initiative, expansion of creative travel geography, including overseas. Increased interpenetration of cultures, post-modern trends that determine the vector of development in the foreign art, began to impact on the Russian art. The second half of the 1990s can be characterized as a time of changing values and vectors in the development of culture. Having a decisive importance for the whole Soviet culture the division for art capital and peripheral (provincial) has lost its meaning. Disappearance of the hierarchy of genres, the hard norm of the canons and stylistic unity is observed. Synthesis of different arts – painting, graphics, three-dimensional sculpture, underlie many works of this period, becoming one of the main ways to create works of art in this century. The study of art and exhibition activities in the industrial cities of the Angara region showed that the period of the 1990s was an eventful social and cultural life. Art cities at all stages of their development fit in the context and trends in the development of the Russian art culture.
Keywords: fine art, exhibitions, galleries, industrial city.