Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

up:date June 26, 2022 by Bonn Brandt

The Moscow State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts is considered to be one of the major museums of international art in Russia. Its collection consists of close to 700 works from the antique to the present. The museum's main building is situated in the heart of Moscow, located near the Kremlin.

Visitors of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow
Visitors of Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

Alexander Pushkin State Museum

The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts was opened in Moscow by Ivan Tsvetaev on May 31, 1912. Originally, the museum was named after the Russian Tsar Alexander III. In 1932 it was renamed the State Museum of Fine Arts.

In 1937 it was given the name of the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. Since then it is commonly referred to as the Pushkin Museum.

Art exhibition in the heart of Moscow

Visitors of Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow
Visitors of Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

In addition to permanent exhibitions, the Pushkin Museum also hosts temporary exhibitions on various themes or cultural events. They are considered to be the best in Russia and enjoy a high level of success.

Pushkin Museum Treasures

Visitors of Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow
Visitors of Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

The museum in honour of Alexander Pushkin

Eponym Alexander Pushkin was an exceptionally gifted artist. Children today continue to learn his poems in kindergarten and at school.

Pushkin's literary influence has been compared to that of Goethe or Schiller.

For this reason, every Russian city has a Pushkin street and a Pushkin monument. In addition to the Pushkin Museum of Art, Moscow is also home to the State Alexander Pushkin Museum.

Visitors of Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow
Visitors of Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

The Pushkin Museum, together with the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, ranks as the home of the largest collection of art from various periods, from antiquity to contemporary art.

Visitors of Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow
Visitors of Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

Cultural Center Pushkin Museum

The Pushkin Museum's collection of original works of art spans several centuries of art history: from Ancient Egypt with mummies and sarcophagi to Botticelli, Veronese and modern artists.

Like all other great museums, such as the Louvre or the Hermitage, a single day is insufficient to appreciate all collections.

A museum city with historical and modern buildings and numerous art objects from different eras is planned to be established surrounding the museum by 2024. This means that the collection will expand by a factor of two.

Moscow city center Pushkin Museum

Visitors of Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow
Visitors of Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

The Louvre of Moscow

In the early 20th century, two industrialists and art patrons, Sergei Zhukin and Ivan Morozov, lavishly acquired works of art from French dealers, and established collections in Russia of unique quality.

Following the revolution in 1917, the collections were exhibited in the Museum of New Western Art.

When the latter was closed in 1948, the Soviet government divided all the works of art among the Pushkin Museum and the Hermitage.

A portrait of Jeanne Samary painted by Renoir, "Dancers in Blue" by Degas and the most important works by Monet, ranging from "Boulevard des Capucines" to "Rouen Cathedral" and "Water Roses" remained in Moscow.

The museum is also home to the paintings "Red Vineyard" by van Gogh, "Night Café in Arles" and "Tahitian Women" by Gauguin, "Goldfish" by Matisse and "Girl on the Ball" by Picasso.


During his one-year photographic documentation of the former Soviet Union in 1956, Peter Bock-Schroeder (1913-2001) paid a visit to the Pushkin Museum in Moscow.

Ballet Dancers with their teacher
Young Ballerinas

The Bolshoi Ballet and the Bolshoi Opera are considered the world's most traditional and famous ballet and opera companies.


Matvey Manizer working on Lenin Statue
Matvey Manizer 1956

From 1926 Manizer was a member of the "Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia", later known as the "Association of Artists of the Revolution".

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