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Museum of Russian Impressionism

Masterpieces by Korovin, Serov, and Grabar


This privately owned museum in Moscow dedicated to the Russian art at the turn of the 20th century was established in 2016, courtesy of businessman and collector Boris Mints. A building on the premises of the Bolshevik Center of Business and Culture that houses the museum was originally built as a flour and sugar storage facility. The 1960s building stands out from the rest of the ensemble designed by French architect Oscar Didiot in the late 19th century.

The permanent exposition at the Museum of Russian Impressionism comprises paintings by outstanding artists: Konstantin Korovin, Valentin Serov, Stanislav Zhukovsky, Igor Grabar, Konstantin Yuon, and Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky, among others. The oldest painting, "In the Gully" by Vasily Polenov, a teacher of Korovin and Serov, is dated 1879. Many of the artworks showcased today had to be reclaimed from other countries. After decades abroad, "Summer" by Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky, "A Village in the Highlands" by Nikolai Dubovsky, and "Hurzuf" by Konstantin Korovin made their way back to Russia. Canvases by Igor Grabar, Konstantin Yuon, and Yuri Pimenov, currently on display, could hardly be found in galleries a while back.

The semi-basement accommodates installation art, a multimedia area, a training studio, and a bookstore selling the museum's merchandise. The third floor provides access to the outdoor terraces and a cafe. The museum hosts regular exhibitions, concerts, and workshops targeted at both kids and adults.

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