The collection of the museum comprises works by representatives of large schools that existed in the Soviet times (e.g., Leningrad school of landscape painting of the 1930s — 1950s). The art of socialist realism, showing high artistic merit, clarity of plot, a tendency for "grand style", is reflected in the paintings by A.A. Deyneka, A.N. Samokhvalov, A.A. Plastov, Yu.I. Pimenov and many other Soviet artists who continued to work during the Great Patriotic War and in the second half of the XX century. The most valuable part of the collection of Soviet art of the Russian Museum includes works by representatives of the "severe style" and relating trends of Soviet art of the 1960s and 1970s. The museum holds works by such masters of postwar time as N.I. Andronov, V.V. Vatenin, D.D. Zhilinsky, V.I. Ivanov, G.M. Korzhev, E.E. Moiseenko, P.F. Nikonov, P.P. Ossovsky, V.E. Popkov, V.M. Sidorov, V.F. Stozharov, brothers A.P. and S.P. Tkachev, B.S. Ugarov, P.T. Fomin, and others, representing a wide range of genres — from historical painting to still life. In the 1970s and 1980s, the formerly rejected artistic experience was actualized within the official art trends, thus giving rise to a number of artists who worked in the area of "idea pictures" related to the metaphorical multidimensional conceptualisation of the world and human life (O.V. Bulgakova, T.G. Nazarenko, N.I. Nesterova , I.V. Pravdin, A.A. Sundukov, and others). During the period of "perestroika" (1985–1991), the collection of the Russian Museum was enriched by a number of artists working within the underground movement. The collection of contemporary art is a very mobile and dynamic part of the collection of the XX and early XXI centuries, while other parts of the collection of paintings continue to grow as well.
9 december 2021—7 march 2022
Vyacheslav Pakulin, endowed with a unique, striking talent, in 1920s and 1930s was caught up by the search for a "great style", paying tribute to the common aspirations of many artists of the post-revolutionary period. The first personal exhibition of the artist in the Russian Museum is aimed to fully present his searches and discoveries in the field of painting, graphics and theatrical art.
22 july—20 september 2021
The exhibition dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the artist presents more than 120 paintings made in 1880s - 1950s. The exposition will include works from 17 Russian museums, as well as private collections in both Russian capitals.
The collection of masterpieces, chosen by the Russian Museum will allow you to make a first impression of the collection of the Russian Museum.
Russian Museum - one of the world's largest museums and is perhaps the only country where such a full treasure of national culture are presented.
Virtual tour of the museum complex. 2009 (Rus., Eng., Ger., Fin.)
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