Портреты коллекционеров. Западноевропейское и русское искусство из частных собраний Москвы.
This building of the Museum, in what was once a modest old street of the capital, is newly restored and complete with state-of-the-art museum equipment. It has 23 exhibition halls and a spacious gallery on the second floor: the atrium under a high transparent roof is used for exhibitions, press conferences and concerts.
The building also has modern storage facilities with special cupboards for drawings and sliding stacks for paintings. Yet despite the re-designing, this corner of old Moscow still retains a congenial atmosphere full of both charm and surprises: the private collections, which have now been re-housed, are well integrated into their new setting and still a source of delight for visitors.
The new exhibition space makes it possible simultaneously to display approximately 1,500 works representing a variety of genres. Experts and museum staff continue to abide carefully by the original concept underlying this section of the Museum: what shapes each part of the exhibition is the personality of the collector and donor, the care he had devoted to his ‘creation’ and also the main principle he had used for displaying the works still adhered to, so as to ensure that each collection is preserved as an undivided entity.
So, the ground floor of the new building houses collections of works dating from the 19th and ealy-20th century, in particular the collection of A.N.Ramm and the galleries in memory of Svyatoslav Richter, D.M.Krasnopevtsev and Leonid Pasternak (the Pasternak family specially presented the Museum with some works, which had not previously been exhibited, on the occasion of the opening of the new building).
This floor also contains works by outstanding Russian artists of the 20th century: Aleksandr. Rodchenko and Varvara Stepanova, Aleksandr Tyshler, A. Weisberg and David Sterenberg in a hall specially designed for the display of individual donations.
Four rooms on the first floor are taken up with the unique collection of Russian and foreign paintings and drawings which had belonged to the founder of the Museum – I.S.Zilbershtein, the centenary of whose birth was celebrated in March 2005. Works of medieval Russian art from the collection of T.A.Mavrina and M.I.Chuvanov are also displayed on the first floor where visitors will, in addition, find two rooms devoted to the collection of S.V.Soloviev (to which only one room had been devoted in the Museum’s earlier premises).
Works from the renowned collection of artworks fashioned from glass belonging to E.P.and F.V.Lemkul are also shown off to greater advantage in the new show-cases.
Animal sculptures from the collection of E.Y.Stepanova are arranged, as before, in a series of interlinked rooms. Another gallery on the second floor introduces visitors to works of art donated to the Museum by foreign collectors and is also used for the temporary exhibitions it holds.
Apart from the collections already familiar to regular visitors, the new building also makes it possible to display works that had previously been in the Museum’s repositories as well as recent donations from collectors. In this Museum it is now possible to see the collection of decorative and applied art which formerly belonged to E.M.Makaseyeva, who looked after it with great care before bequeathing it to the Museum: the collection also contains Russian paintings and drawings from the Silver Age, which had belonged to I.V.Koretskaya and B.V.Mikhailovskii, and works handed down to the Museum by L.M.Kozintseva and A.