The history of the Gallery A3 exhibition hall begins in 1986, during the late USSR and early «overhaul».
Then one of the signs of the upcoming changes was the decision to organize its own exhibition space in each district of Moscow; so, in the Kiev region the «Arbat Exhibition Hall» was created. These district sites became almost the first official place where artistic events of a completely new level of freedom could take place. From 1987 to 1992, about 60 exhibitions were held in the «Arbat» exhibition hall.
In 1992, a reorganization took place, as a result of which the «Arbat Exhibition Hall» received a new name – «Gallery A3» and acquired the status of «museum-type gallery exhibition hall.» This made it possible to conduct not only exhibition, but also research work, and what is especially important is to begin the formation of own collection. This very difficult task, which included multiple approvals, the preparation of a huge number of documents, was able to solve the director of the exhibition hall Vitaly Kopachev, at that time the youngest, most energetic and ambitious among the leaders of the exhibition halls in Moscow.
An important stage in the development of the gallery was the increase in the gallery's area in 1992. The 150 square meters that appeared at the gallery made it possible to organize jobs for the administration and researchers, place office equipment, organize the storage of a collection of modern art, and there was also a place for a small library.
In addition to exhibition activities, the gallery hosts poetry readings, music and performance events. Here were the voices of famous Russian poets: Andrei Voznesensky, Elena Katsyub, Igor Kholin, Viktor Biryukov (accompanied by saxophone Sergei Letov), Konstantin Kedrov, Alina Vitukhnovskaya, Igor Zhukov, Vadim Mesyats and others. Famous animators, directors, composers, artists, designers introduced the audience to their work. The gallery organizes video shows – introduces viewers to modern artists who use new technologies in their work. Since 2005, the annual «Sessions of Moscow Artists» (Curator A. Volkov) have been held in the Gallery A3. Sessions of Moscow artists are accompanied by the release of catalogs.
The role of the Gallery is to help the young declare themselves, and the past show their new experiences; to preserve the memory of undeservedly forgotten names. This is the task of preserving culture, which, moreover, is impossible in terms of immediate material profit. The gallery A3 is developing, responding to changes in the domestic and world art process, remains true to important principles of art – humanism, enlightenment, generational continuity.
In 2018, the Gallery became part of the Moscow Exhibition Halls Association.