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Georg Christoph Grooth and the Time of Elizabeth Petrovna
St Michael’s Castle

Georg Christoph Grooth and the Time of Elizabeth Petrovna

2 december 2016—13 march 2017

Epoch of Empress Elizaveta (Elizabeth) Petrovna is one of the periods of Russian history that are usually estimated as controversial...

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Fourth Museum Photobiennale of Contemporary Photography
Marble Palace

Fourth Museum Photobiennale of Contemporary Photography

8 december 2016—13 march 2017

Museum Photobiennale of Contemporary Photography allows us to introduce the oeuvre of professional photographers and photo artists who have ju...

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Ivan Aivazovsky. The 200th Anniversary of the Artist’s Birth
Benois Wing

Ivan Aivazovsky. The 200th Anniversary of the Artist’s Birth

22 december 2016—20 march 2017

Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky is a world-famous Russian marine painter and one of the most successful Russian painters of the XIXth cent...

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A Penny Saved Is a Penny Gained
Stroganov Palace

A Penny Saved Is a Penny Gained

1 march—8 may 2017

The exhibition will present the state payment signs of Russia (coins and paper money) belonging to the period from the time of Peter I to 1917. The expositio...

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Victor Borisov-Musatov and the “Blue Rose” Society
St Michael’s Castle

Victor Borisov-Musatov and the “Blue Rose” Society

2 march—29 may 2017

The art of Victor Borisov-Musatov (1870-1905), one of the leading masters of Russian symbolism, will be presented in St.Michael’s Castle i...

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Georgy Vereisky
St Michael’s Castle

Georgy Vereisky

30 march—15 may 2017

The exhibition is aimed to widely and fully present the artistic heritage of Georgy Vereisky (1886 - 1962) for the first time.

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Structures
Marble Palace

Structures

6 april—29 may 2017

The project that includes art pieces from 1960s to present time is aimed to investigate the concept of the structure (from Latin structura ‎- a fitting together, adjustment, building...

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About

The State Russian Museum is the world’s largest collection of Russian art, housed in a unique architectural complex in the historical centre of St Petersburg.

It was the first museum of Russian art, initiated by Emperor Alexander III. Later, in 1895, Emperor Nicholas II signed a decree ordering “The foundation of a special establishment named ‘The Russian Museum of Emperor Alexander III’ and the assignment of Mikhailovsky Palace with all outbuildings, services and the garden, specially acquired by the state treasury for this purpose”. In May of same year architect Svinyin started the reconstruction of the palace interiors for accommodating future collections of art.

The solemn opening of the Russian Museum took place on March 19 (7), 1898. The basis of the collection was objects and works of art handed over from the Winter, Gatchina and Alexander Palaces, from the Hermitage and the Academy of Arts, as well as from private collections donated to the museum.

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.

The main retrospective exhibition of the museum is located in Mikhailovsky Palace (architect Carlo Rossi, 1819-1825), built for the son of Emperor Pavel I, Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich, and in the Benois Wing, originally designed as an exhibition pavilion for the Academy of Arts (architects L.N. Benois and I.S. Ovsyannikov, 1914-1919).

Today, the area of the museum complex is more than 30 hectares. The collection is accommodated in buildings that are outstanding monuments of the XVIII-XIX century architecture: Mikhailovsky, Stroganov, Marble Palaces, and Mikhailovsky Castle. Mikhailovsky Garden, Summer Garden and Peter I’s Summer Palace as well as Cabin of Peter the Great are also part of the museum complex.

The State Russian Museum today is an extensive museum complex. It is a large authoritative research, restoration, preservation, and educational centre, supervising the work of all art museums of the country.

The Department of Restoration of Museum Exhibits is a modern scientific and restoration centre comprised of 16 units. These include studios specializing in restoration of paintings, drawings, pieces of applied art, furniture, picture frames, and sculpture; in addition, it has a chemistry and biology research laboratory, and the division of the theory and history of museum restoration. Currently there are 96 people working in the department, mostly artists and restorers of the highest qualification, as well as research workers and photographers. The department conducts all kinds of restoration and research of various works of art, from Ancient Russian monuments to contemporary art objects. All restorers are professionally qualified in restoration and arts.

The Scientific library of the Russian Museum was founded in 1897. Today, it comprises more about 170 000 items. A section for rare books was organized in 1978. In 1993 an automated information and search system was installed.

Contact us: telephone (812) 595-42-08; library@rusmuseum.ru



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