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Moscow, Moskva, Russia
August 19, 2010
From journal One of the most amazing cities
April 6, 2004
The Russian Museum of Art would be well worth seeing even it were completely empty. The original architect, Carlo Rossi, built the palace for a younger son of Paul I. The building was one of St. Petersburg’s most outstanding until it fell into a state of disrepair in the late 1800s. Nicholas II insisted that it be purchased from the neglectful heirs and that it be restored into an edifice worthy of holding a collection of Russian Art. The new architect, Svinin, replaced many of Rossi’s original designs but by the time he had finished his results were regaled throughout Russia.
The museum is famous for its many icons and displays of ancient Russian Applied Art, its portrait art of the 18th Century, the patriotic art movement of the first half of the 19th Century, the immortal works of the fabulous "Itinerant" painters of the second half of the 19th Century, the onset of the World of Art Movement of the beginning of the 20th Century, the works of the great Russian Abstract artists, Russian avant-garde works and finally the large collection of totalitarian art.
The names of Russian immortal painters and sculptors is far too large to name here but any Western art patron owes it to himself to familiarize himself with the major art movements of Russian history and immerse himself in the high quality art to be found is this marvelous museum. I personally recommend all of the Itinerant painters and other notables such as Schedrin, Serov, Wruble, Kadinsky, Malevich, Petrov Vodkin, Baskt, Golovin, Kustodiev, and countless others that are little known in the West.
From journal St. Petersburg revisited 2003
Brooklyn, New York
July 23, 2001
This is really great musuem. This is usually where tourists go AFTER the Hermitage, but I think they should go here first. Has an enormous amount of good Russian art. The section I wanted to see most was "closed for renovations" of course--it contained the Chagall/Malevich/Kandinsky collection. Three months later I heard it was still closed and for no known reason. Very frustrating. But the rest is still very worthy of seeing. Ilya Repin's work is displayed, who I had never heard of, but soon realized he is one of Russia's treasures. There are also 3 separate buildings which are spread across town. The Stroganov Palace, which is on Nevsky, was holding a terrific retrospective on Alexei Jawlensky.
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From journal Studying Abroad in Peter
July 15, 2001
From journal The city of marvelous nights