Moscow and St. Petersburg: An Exploration of Exemplary Art
Moscow is the Nation’s Capitol, and The Red Square is considered its heart and soul. St. Petersburg is another sight to see, a Russian Port City, located on the Baltic Sea. Landmarks of particular notice, for visitors to these areas, include the intriguing Basil’s Cathedral, and the many museums, to be found. Locating the best museums can be like discovering your favorite paintings, amidst the waves of ancient, art history. Here is a guide for the artistic tourist, to paint a clearer picture of the best exhibits.
- The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts | This museum is a definite must see, featuring the largest, world, art collection in Russia! With over 700 000 works of art on display, patrons will find a variety of modern and classic creations, along with some highly, recognizable masterpieces to peruse. Known as a museum with personality, visitors are treated to artistic expression through excursions, lecture hall and even a museum for kids. Ancient art from the eighth century line the walls, reflecting Italian and Greek culture, guiding visitors on a walk through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance era, ending with 19th and 20th century works. Browse original paintings and drawings, then visit the Greek Courtyards to find sculptures of animals and figures. The Pushkin State Museum Main Building is open from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM daily, with extended hours on Thursdays and Fridays 11 AM – 9 PM. The Museum is closed on Wednesdays.
- Dom Naschokina Art Gallery | This unique museum is located in an ancient mansion, situated in the middle of Moscow. Various works for selected artists are displayed through modern art, historical themes and photo exhibits. One of the most enchanting events, that takes place in this mansion is Family Theatre, a creation of a famous artist-puppeteer, Victor Nazariti. A timeless tale, “The Mouse King,” is recreated here, in the tradition of Vetepnogo Theatre, with storytelling through the artist’s, beautifully carved, wooden dolls. The artwork visitors will find in this art gallery, is as unique as the mansion itself, and a definite, must see, especially for those travelling with young children. The Art Gallery is open from 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM Mondays through Fridays, and from 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM Saturdays and Sundays.
- Garage Museum of Contemporary Art | The Garage Museum is a collaborative effort of People, Ideas and Art, melding together to create a beautiful story. Featuring an exclusive expression of Russian contemporary art, dating all the way back to the 50s, it is a haven for art and artists alike, including kids! Kids can take a workshop, and get their hands on their very own, unique, artistic creations. Visitors are especially fond of the experiments conducted here, and people of all ages are invited to participate in a variety of artistic themes. From visual art to written literature, there are plenty of opportunities to explore and create in the Garage. If that’s not enough, they even have music and cinematic performances from the auditorium and rooftops. This is a really great place to see, explore and learn. The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art is open from 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM daily.
- The State Historical Museum | The State Museum is an extraordinary take on rich, diverse art collections, featuring ancient artifacts from the Stone Age to the XVII Century. Travel through time, with a stroll through the history of Russia in a visual array of weapons, trophies, jewelry, models and other relics, in a stately showcase. Once complete, you will find the final masterpiece, the Gold Room, to be explored by the bravest patrons. Attendees of the Museum will also take in some beautiful architecture and décor in a tour of themes and elements of design and decoration – A delightful look through the Middle Ages. The State Historical Museum is open from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM daily, and 10:00 PM – 9:00 PM Fridays and Saturdays, and closed on Tuesdays.
- Hermitage Museum | Hermitage Museum is a must see, for visitors to the area, and this one is located in St. Petersburg. The museum itself is a beautiful work of art, with its captivating architecture and design. The galleries are filled with strategically placed sculptures, that become a part of the art that is the entire building. For example: a hidden face sculpture, in between two panels of the wall; eye catching, gold sconces, shining from above; brilliant lighting, illuminating the opulent ceiling; and graceful steps, leading up to more marvelous masterpieces, complete with a red carpet to greet visitors’ arrival. Attractive, subdued hues of the Jordan Gallery, showcase marble statues that accentuate the mysticism of the magnificent museum. This is a wonderful, visually appealing experience, with over 30 different rooms to explore, and notable artists and art forms to entertain. The Multimedia Art Museum is open from 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM daily, and closed on Mondays.
The Museums of Moscow are as eclectic as the works of art that fill them. A guide is a great resource for exploration, and the above exhibits are sure to pique the art enthusiast’s interest. The city lends itself to artistic expression, as well, with cultural colors and captivating structures. Tourists will revel among creative delights, while travelling to find the city’s best museums.
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