Petrovka Street, 25
The main building of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art is of historical and cultural value. In the historical record of Moscow, this architectural monument belonging to the XVIII century is known as Gubin? s residence. Indeed, some centuries ago this building was the main house of the city estate of rich Ural landowner and merchant Mikhail Pavlovich Gubin. The building was constructed in 1793 by the famous Russian architect Matvey Kazakov.
The city district where the Museum is located was already inhabited by Moscovites in the 14th century. At that time, Petrovka street looked like a desert road, going from Vysokopetrovsky Monastery — vis-à-vis of the museum building — to the Kremlin. Till the end of the 17th century, the place where the mansion is located was the settlement of monastery? s workers. In the times of Peter the Great here, at Petrovka, was the huge estate of the boyar Naryshkin family, whose house had a bridge-like passage to the monastery.
Many landowners have changed until the territory was bought by the one whose name rests in centuries because of the beautiful monument that he built and that remained nearly untouched through more than 200 years. «I have a house in the White City... which was bought from Orenburg merchant Dmitry Kuzmin, son of Krasheninnikov...» — that? s how Gubin reports to Moscow office of city constructions on May 25, 1799. Researchers working on the architectural heritage of Matvey Kazakov suppose that the main building of the residence was rebuilt by the architect on the grounds of previous construction. The building with side-wings (one of them is preserved till nowadays) looked like a typical Moscow residence complex facing the street front. A park with small pond was situated behind the buildings. The residence remained in this condition until the end of the 19th century. Then it suffered the fate of many old Moscow residences: the partition of property. The major part of it with the garden and the pond was sold and overbuilt. In 1880, the main house was rent for gymnasium, where the famous Symbolist poet Valery Briusov and Bakhrushin brothers studied.
After the Revolution, the building? s destiny took another round. In 1920, the former gymnasium became the Institute of Physiotherapy and Orthopedics. During all the Soviet period, until the moment when the building became a museum, it served as a hospital foundation. Undoubtedly the external decor and the interiors suffered badly and needed capital restoration works. As a result, nowadays the visitor of the Museum can see the unique ceiling paintings in the classical style. Elements of the interior — front staircase, orchestral niche in the ball hall, ceramic stoves — still have an atmosphere of good old times of Moscow.
The idea to use the mansion as a museum of modern art is not a random one. The combination of old and new forms, the closest neighborhood of totally different styles raise a new possibility for the artist and for the viewer to find their own place in the synthetic space of culture. This element of free play with historic material is typical of the whole post-modern aesthetics. Many European countries had the same experience of exhibiting pieces of modern art in architectural spaces of other times.
Tuesday — Sunday: 12:00 — 21:00
Ermolaevsky Lane, 17
The second venue of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art is located at Ermolaevsky lane, 17. In Soviet times, the street was renamed in honour of Ivan Zholtovsky, classic of Soviet architecture, and now it bears its historic name.
The name Ermolaevsky was given to the lane after the church of Saint Ermolay «at the goat? s swamp» built in the 17th century, which hasn? t been preserved. Nowadays Maly Kozikhinsky lane runs through the place. The house where the Museum venue is located was constructed by Dmitry Markov in 1915 for the Moscow Architectural Society, financed by investments of architects. The society stayed in the building till 1932 and then was dissolved. Its last chairman in 1922-1932 was the renowned Moscow architect Alexey Schusev. In the Soviet era, the house belonged to the Moscow Union of Artists and served as a place for exhibitions of young artists and for the creative workshops. The building is executed in neoclassical style, which came after the Art Nouveau and was very popular at its own time.
On December, 3, 2003 the building was unveiled as the exhibition venue of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the MMOMA Education Center on 17 Ermolaevsky Lane was opened in the winter 2017. Center aims to become a platform for self-education, creative and social initiatives, academic research and will contribute the integration into the cultural life wide social groups.
Tuesday — Sunday: 12:00 — 21:00
Tverskoy Boulevard, 9
On February 7, 2007 the Moscow Museum of Modern Art opened its third exhibition venue — Gallery at Tverskoy boulevard. Since late 1960s, this space served as creative studio of Zurab Tsereteli, today’s President of the Russian Academy of Arts. At different times the guests of the artist were famous writers and poets, musicians and singers, artists, scientists, journalists and politicians. Here are just a few of key-names: poets Andrei Voznesensky and Evgeny Evtushenko; writers Chingiz Aitmatov and Vassily Aksenov; artists Robert Rauschenberg, Tair Salakhov, Boris Ugarov, Nikolai Ponomarev, Koka Ignatov, Yuri Kuper; producers, actors, musicians and singers Sergey Gerasimov, Tamara Makarova, Eldar Ryazanov, Georgy Danelia, Vladimir Vysotsky, Galina Volchek, Rolan Bykov, Iosif Kobzon, Zurab Sotkilava, Maya Plisetskaya, Rodion Schedrin, Robert Sturua; journalists Genrikh and Artem Borovik; scientists Evgeny Velihov and Petr Kapitsa; doctors Vladimir Burakovsky, Svyatoslav Fedorov, Leo Bokeria, Leonid Roshal; Italian cinema stars Marcello Mastroianni and Adriano Celentano, as well as many, many others.
With the opening of the Gallery , the Moscow Museum of Modern Art obtained a possibility to expand its exhibition activity and to present in full scale the newest trends of contemporary art to the public. The cozy space of the gallery is widely popular with the public and takes significant part in the cultural life of Moscow.
Tuesday — Sunday: 12:00 — 21:00
Gogolevsky Boulevard, 10
This building is also the creation of the architect Matvey Kazakov.It was built in the late XVIII century and belonged to the Tsurikov-Naryshkin.Currently, there are major international exhibition projects, scientific and practical conferences, symposiums.
Bolshaya Gruzinskaya, 15
On Bolshaya Gruzinskaya Street in Moscow there is a house built by merchant Vasily Gorbunov at the end of the 19th century. Today there is a museum of the artist Zurab Tsereteli.The exposition includes a collection of works by Zurab Tsereteli and a collection of his monumental sculptures in the courtyard along with mosaic and stained-glass compositions. On three floors there are over 250 works of painting, graphics, enamel and easel sculpture.The exposition on Bolshaya Gruzinskaya is dynamic and is formed by the artist himself.
Vadim Sidur Museum
The Vadim Sidur Museum is a museum of contemporary sculpture in Moscow housing the collection of artworks by Vadim Sidur, a sculptor, artist and poet renowned both in Russia and abroad, an excellent exponent of the Soviet nonconformist art.
The history of the Museum dates back to 1987. On the initiative of the artist’s son, an art historian Mikhail Sidur, supported by the Soviet and international cultural community, the first solo exhibition of the sculptor in the USSR was inaugurated in the future museum building, at 37A, Novogireevskaya Street. In 1989 the venue got the official museum status. In 2011 the Museum became the part of the Museum and Exhibition Association Manege. In 2014, to commemorate Vadim Sidur’s 90th anniversary, the Sidur Museum reopened to visitors after a two-year reconstruction. Since 2018 it has become the part of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art.
In addition to the permanent display featuring the sculptor’s iconic artworks, the Museum invites the viewers to visit a programme of contemporary art exhibitions, concerts, film screenings, workshops, lectures and open talks. The Museum has a library devoted to the theory and history of contemporary culture with a free access for its visitors, as well as a bookshop and a coworking space.
The Vadim Sidur Museum carries out the initiative of resocialization and inclusion of people with disabilities started in 2015th as a part of the Integral Whole international project. The archival research and interviewing of Sildur’s family inner circle, who were directly engaged in the Museum creation, led to the discovery of a unique video documentation. In late 1980s the Sildur museum and studio received several visits from wards and former wards of the Zagorsky deaf-and-blind orphan asylum that gave visitors the opportunity of a touch tour of the artist’s display. This fateful precedent makes the Sidur museum one of the first places where visitors with visual or hearing disabilities could be introduced to the display of Soviet nonconformist art. This same experience heralded the beginning of a whole range of programmes available at the present stage of the Museum development and establishing effective inclusion strategies to integrate people with different disabilities into the cultural process. Besides, the Museum space houses some elements of an accessible environment for deaf or hard-of-hearing visitors, as well as for visitors with some types of reduced mobility. Among the tours of the Museum display presently available are tours for blind and partially sighted, sign language tours and tours for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
DMITRY NALBANDYAN STUDIO MUSEUM
Dmitry Nalbandyan’s Studio Museum was founded on the initiative of the Moscow City Government in 1992: the artist’s collection donated to the city of Moscow became the core of the display. Housed at the site of Nalbandyan’s ancient studio at 8/2, Tverskaya street, now the Museum meticulously recreates the space where this Soviet artist once lived and worked.
Dmitry Nalbandyan and his family would go in through this entrance to the fourth floor where they lived since 1956. His neighbours were a film-director Mikhail Romm, a writer Ilya Erenburg, a poet Demyan Bedny. The top floor with large windows on the ceiling was designated for painters’ workshops. Along with Nalbandyan, among the artists to live and work here were the Kukryniksy, Nikolay Zhukov, Vladimir Minaev, Fedor Konstantinov.
Nowadays one of the Museum galleries is transformed into a sort of memorial space comprising furniture, books, documents from the family archive, photos of Dmitry Nalbandyan with Leonid Brezhnev, Nikita Khruschov and other political figures, as well as the artist’s personal stuff. Many of the objects on display were given to the Museum by the artist’s junior sister, Margarita Arkadievna Nalbandyan. Now the Studio Museum collection includes over 1500 exhibits.
Since 2018 Dmitry Nalbandyan Studio Museum is the part of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art.
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