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Ilya Repin. To the 175th Anniversary of the Artist's Birth
Benois Wing

Ilya Repin. To the 175th Anniversary of the Artist's Birth

3 october 2019—9 march 2020

The exhibition will feature more than 250 paintings and graphic works by Ilya Repin: recognized masterpieces by the master and his little-kn...

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Valaam: 200 years in Russian Painting
St Michael’s Castle

Valaam: 200 years in Russian Painting

15 november 2019—13 january 2020

The exhibition for the first time unites the valuable collection of paintings of the New Valaam Monastery (Finland) and works from the Valaam Monastery...

Alexander Tyshler. The Theater in Easel Paintings
Stroganov Palace

Alexander Tyshler. The Theater in Easel Paintings

28 november 2019—24 february 2020

The exhibition held in the year of the theater in Russia is dedicated to the wonderful, mysterious and strange world of images of Alexander Tyshler ...

To the shores of Antarctica and Arctica. To the 200th anniversary of Antarctica discovery
St Michael’s Castle

To the shores of Antarctica and Arctica. To the 200th anniversary of Antarctica discovery

19 december 2019—28 february 2020

January 2020 marks the 200th anniversary of Antarctica discovery by Russian navigators F. F. Bellingshausen a...

Echo of Expressionism
Marble Palace

Echo of Expressionism

23 january—9 march 2020

The exhibition for the first time reconstructs the history of Leningrad Expressionism in the unity and diversity of the ways of the plastic form development. Presented artwork...

The Art of the Belskys
St Michael’s Castle

The Art of the Belskys

6 february—9 march 2020

Belsky brothers (Ivan (1719-1799), Alexey (1729-1796) and Efim (1730-1778)) were the greatest masters of the painting team of The Chancellery ...

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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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