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Collection of the Old Russian painting of the Russian Museum is one of the largest and most significant in Russia. It includes around six thousand icons. The permanent exhibition housed in the first four halls of Mikhailovsky Palace represents a part of this collection, the most valuable works of XII-XVII centuries created in the major art centers of Old Russia: Novgorod, Pskov, Vladimir, Suzdal, Moscow, and Yaroslavl.
The exposition of Russian art of XVIII century is chronologically organized and presents the main stages and trends of Russian art of this time. One part of the display is dedicated to the time of Peter I and focuses mainly on the names of Ivan Nikitin and Andrei Matveyev, the greatest portraitists and leaders of the secular Russian art of this time. Genre of portrait of the middle and second part of XVIII century is presented by such artists as Ivan Vishyakov, Alexey Antropov, Ivan Argunov, Fyodor Rokotov.
The exhibition shows masterpieces representing the variety of trends in the Russian art of the time (classicism, romantism and beginning in the second third of the XIX century realism). The works by academic school masters are also widely represented: the canvases by Karl Brullov (the famous «The Last Days of Pompeii», religious compositions and portraits of the artist’s contemporaries), historical paintings by Grigory Ugryumov, Alexander Ivanov, Alexey Egorov, Fyodor Bruni.
The collection of the museum comprises works of the representatives of large schools that existed in 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.
21 february 2019—13 may 2019
The exhibition dedicated to the sacred art of the 17th century presents books, objects of jewelry, embroidery, icon painting, monumental painting from the collection of the Russian Museum, giving a comprehensive account of the ways and features of the development of art of this time.
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-known works, as well as memorial items related to the life and work of the artist.
On 26 May 2005 the Mineral Study in the Stroganov Palace was opened after restoration and recreation of interiors. The study was designed by Andrei Voronikhin in 1791-92. It was considered as one of the masterpieces of Russian architecture of the 18th century.
28 november 2019—16 march 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 (1898–1980). The Russian Museum has an extensive collection of paintings and graphic works by Tyshler, which were donated to the museum by the master and his wife and also by G.M. Levitin, a close friend of many Russian theater scenic artists.
29 august 2019—11 november 2019
Leningrad-born survivor of Nazi concentration camps, member of New York avant-garde scene of the 1950s and 1960s, Boris Lurie touches upon the most sensitive, problematic and hot issues, such as consumer society, Nazi crimes against humanity, and the reflection of sexuality in mass consciousness.
18 march—10 may 2020
February 26, 2020, marks the 175th anniversary of the birth of Emperor Alexander III, whose name was given to The State Russian Museum in April 1895. Special mention is made of Alexander III's merits in museum construction and art education, which was due to his undoubted passion for history and fine arts.
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 (later The Office) of buildings of Her Imperial Majesty. For more than half a century they performed the most responsible painting work commissioned by Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine the Great.
19 december 2019—2 march 2020
January 2020 marks the 200th anniversary of Antarctica discovery by Russian navigators F. F. Bellingshausen and M. P. Lazarev. The exhibition timed to coincide with the Year of Antarctica in Russia presents about 100 works of painting, graphics, sculpture, numismatics, decorative-applied and folk art from the collection of The State Russian Museum. The core of the exhibition is formed by sections devoted to the discovery of Antarctica and the exploration of the Arctic by Russian travelers, sailors, and scientists.
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 artworks closely converge, but their authors, as a rule, did not intersect in life.
21 november 2019—14 january 2020
The exhibition of Honored Artist of the Russian Federation Nikolai Rybakov presents more than 70 works: paintings, graphic works, and enamels.
18 november 2019—24 november 2019
Bulat Galeyev. Space Sonata (Video version with a living actor), 1986
3 october 2014—2 november 2014
On the 4th of October 2014 "Byzantine routes" photo exhibition was opened in Coffee House by the АСЕВ Association and the "Metropoli" Cultural Foundation with the support of the State Russian Museum.
9 june 2014—28 june 2014
The exhibition «Russia through the Train Window» is a joint project by JSC Russian Railways and the Russian photographer Anton Lange. The aim is to show modern-day Russia through the camera lens of a photographer traveling by rail across this vast country.
11 september 2006—5 october 2006
The Russian Museum presents the exhibition of the works by Alexander Benois di Stetto.
Modern exhibition of the museum comprises items dating back to Peter I’s time, including memorial paraphernalia, such as: red broadcloth uniform, an oriental cane, a model of Peter I’s hand based on an imprint made at Lipetsk foundry in 1707, a wherry, and Peter’s armchair.
16 june 2005—24 july 2005
The installation of the Lithuanian musician Vladimir Tarasov and the American artist Sarah Flohr will be shown in the Mikhailovsky Garden of the State Russian Museum on 16 June.
25 march 2017—31 december 2017
The high technology interactive exposition "Our Romantic Emperor" located on three floors of the Western Pavilion of St. Michael's Castle is devoted to Paul I, the author and owner of the ensemble of St. Michael's Castle.
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Virtual tour of the museum complex. 2009 (Rus., Eng., Ger., Fin.)
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