ART RUSSE, led by entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrey Filatov, was founded as the Filatov Family Art Fund in 2012 with the aim of developing a greater awareness and understanding of Soviet and Russian cultural contributions. In particular, it focuses on collecting and increasing international awareness of Russian art dating mainly from the 1917 – 1991 period, an artistic period known as Socialist Realism for which ART RUSSE has become the point of reference. Its aim is to increase appreciation for this genre through supporting exhibitions, lending to international museums and galleries, and publishing books and catalogues on key artists and artefacts.