Russian art occupies a special place in the history of world art. We developed a themed program focused on the Russian culture and the arts, and not only.
World classical art is represented in two main museums – Hermitage in St. Petersburg and Pushkin Fine Art Museum in Moscow. The Pushkin state Museum of fine arts in Moscow is a Museum complex with one of the largest collections of foreign art in Russia. Today, its collection contains about 700 thousand works from different eras, starting from Ancient Egypt and ancient Greece and ending with the beginning of the XXI century. The exceptional collections of the Museum include the collection of French art of the XIX–XX centuries, which is one of the most famous in the world.
One of the largest museums in the world, The State Hermitage Museum, contains over 3 million works of art and world culture artefacts. Among the unique treasures there are: 36 Rembrandts; works by Italian Renaissance artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Titian; Spanish artists such as Velazquez, Ribera, and Murillo; Flemish baroque artists such as van Dyck, Rubens, and Jan Brueghel the Elder. The museum is also exceptionally rich in Impressionist, post-Impressionist and modernist paintings including many works by Monet, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Bonnard and Matisse.
Our next step will be to explore the main museums dedicated to Russian classical art.
The State Russian Museum is the world’s largest collection of Russian art, housed in a unique architectural complex in the historical center of St Petersburg in Mikhailovsky palace. Focusing solely on Russian art, from ancient church icons to 20th-century paintings, the Russian Museum's collection is magnificent and can easily be viewed in half a day or less. The museum collection contains over 400 000 exhibits covering all major periods and trends in the history of Russian art, all main types and genres, trends and schools of Russian art over more than a thousand years: from the X to the XXI century.
Finally, the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, one of the largest museums of Russian art, located in the heart of Moscow – the merchant district of Zamoskvorechye. The fabulous palace on Lavrushinsky Lane is not just an art gallery, but one of the symbols of Moscow. The gallery bears the name of its founder Pavel Tretyakov who began collecting works of art in the mid-19th century and donated his collection to the city of Moscow in 1892. The Museum's collection includes more than 180,000 works of painting, sculpture and graphics from the XI – early XX century.
Moscow can be called the center of contemporary art in Russia, let’s check main points of it.
The Museon Arts Park - the largest sculpture museum in the open air in Russia. More than 1,000 objects are presented on the territory, including the famous monument of Felix Dzerzhinsky that used to stand on Lubyanskaya Square. There are many masterpieces of Soviet artists like Eugene Vuchetich, Vera Mukhina, Sergey Merkulov. You can listen to a guided tour, watch a movie or admire a singing fountain, as well as have some fresh air.
The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art is located on the territory of the Gorky Park. It is the largest museum of modern art in Russia and first philanthropic organization for developing contemporary art and culture. The extensive educational, scientific program of exhibition and publishing activities carried out by the Garage Museum reflect current processes in Russian and international culture.
Museum of Russian Impressionism is one of the newest in Moscow, opened in 2016 in the former Bolshevik chocolate factory, futuristic cylinder building. Museum is dedicated to Russian art of the late XIX - early XX century. On the example of the permanent exhibition of the Museum, you can study the history of this trend in painting, trace the origin, development and current state of impressionism in Russia. The permanent exhibition features more than 70 works by artists such as Konstantin Korovin, Igor Grabar, Konstantin Yuon, Petr Konchalovsky, Yuri Pimenov, Boris Kustodiev and Valentin Serov.
Moscow is also rich of different art clusters and art spaces. Vinzavod is the first and largest private contemporary art center in Russia, combining galleries, educational programs, studios, workshops and showrooms. Design factory “Flacon” is located on the territory of a former crystal and glass factory, where perfume bottles were produced for the first perfume factory in Russia. Now this place is an association of creative people and their promising, creative projects. The Red October art cluster is located in the very center of Moscow on the territory of a former chocolate factory. More than 10 years ago, an industrial complex of red brick buildings turned into a stylish urban place that now boasts its cultural and gastronomic content.
In St. Petersburg meanwhile you can visit the Russia’s biggest private contemporary art museum hosting over 2800 works by more than 300 artists from all across the country - Erarta Museum in St. Petersburg.
The name of the Museum comes from two Latin words - Era and Arta, which means "time of art". In addition to the permanent exhibition, the Museum always has eight temporary exhibitions, which change each other every three months. It is worth visiting the unusual space U-space, which allows you to experience new emotions and visit different worlds, and to make a fashionable selfie against the background of intricate installations.