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Tretyakov Gallery

Третьяковская галерея
Фотобанк Лори
Третьяковская галерея
Фотобанк Лори

The fabulous palace on Lavrushinsky Lane is not just an art gallery, but one of the symbols of Moscow.  It combines a huge exhibition space and advanced technology with an intimate, cozy atmosphere. This building houses the museum's main collection, which includes works fr om the 11th-19th centuries.

In addition to the historical building on Lavrushinky Lane, where the main collection is held, the Tretyakov Gallery also includes: an engineering building that hosts temporary exhibitions; a building on Krymsky Val, wh ere 20th-century art is exhibited; the Museum-Church of St. Nicholas on Maly Tolmachevsky Lane; and the museums dedicated to A.M. Vasnetsov, V.M. Vasnetsov, A.S. Golubkin, and P.D. Korin.

The history of the gallery dates back to 1856, when Pavel Tretyakov acquired two paintings by Russian artists. This was the first step toward the creation of a legendary collection. The collection grew steadily and in 1867, the Moscow City Gallery of Pavel and Sergei Tretyakov received its first visitors.

But the most important event occurred in 1892, when Pavel Tretyakov donated his art gallery to the city of Moscow.  At that moment the gallery consisted of  1287 paintings and 518 graphic works by Russian artistst, 75 paintings and 8 drawings by European artists, 15 sculptures, and a collection of icons.

Tretyakov collected pieces of art according to his taste. Time has shown how well he understood art and its importance not only in the cultural but also in the social and political life of society. He was able see the artistic merits of a piece of art even if it was controversially received by critics and people at large, or if its author was a young man unknown to everybody.

Paintings by great Russian artists like I.E. Repin, V.G. Perov, I.N. Kramskoy, I.I. Shishkin, V.M. Vasnetsov, I.I. Levitan, A.K. Savrasov, V.D. Polenov, V.I. Surikov, V.A. Serov, M.A. Vrubel, B.M. Kustodiev, N.K. Roerich, I.E. Grabar, A.A Deineka, P.P. Konchalovsky, V.I Mukhina, Y.I. Pimenov, T.N. Yablonskaya are the pride of the collection.

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Phone number: +7 (499) 238-13-78
Address: Moscow, Lavrushinsky lane, 10
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