Exhibition “Savva Mamontov: “Hasten to Live...”



Exhibition period: March 23 — April 22, 2018

Location: Polenov's Dacha


March 23, 2018 an exhibition “Savva Mamontov: “Hasten to live...” is opened in Polenov's Dacha of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”. It coincided with 110 years from the date of death of Russian entrepreneur and patron of arts Savva Ivanovich Mamontov.

Our exhibition presents the photographic portraits of Savva Mamontov during 60 years of his life, from 1855 to 1915. Many of these photos were glued on album sheets and were brought from the descendants of the Mamontovs in different years. These photos have been copied and zoomed. The images, drawings, applications show the bright, complicated and eventful life of this famous family. Savva Mamontov never gave up during all his hardest periods of his life as it is illustrated on rare and previously unknown photos after 1900, that is after the devastation and the prison. We hope, that this small chamber exhibition will be interesting for all fans of unique and stunningly beautiful person. “Actors, artists, poets are the most precious common good in the world. The country will be powerful when people will be able to understand it.” (Savva Mamontov)









Exhibition of Works by Valentina Bulygina “Edges of Inspiration”



Exhibition period: March 7 — April 8, 2018

Location: Arts and Crafts Department (23, Kooperativnaya str., Khotkovo)


Arts and Crafts Department of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo” opened the long-awaited exhibition of works by a prominent artist of decorative and applied arts, ceramist Valentina Vasilievna Bulygina (1994-2008). It was organized to mark the 70th anniversary from the date of birth of the artist.

Exposition presents works from the collection of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”, author's and private ones. The aim of the exhibition is to show the edges of inspiration and high skill of the artist.

Meeting with art of Valentina Bulygina is always a feast, and a wonderful world of the artist, a fascinating world of beauty, love and wisdom unfolds before the visitors.

Valentina Bulygina was born in Chelyabinsk. She graduated the department of art pottery in Abramtsevo artistic and industrial college named after Viktor Vasnetsov (1967). Then she was working at Bronnitsa porcelain factory “Vozrozdenie” (1968) and at Chelyabinsk artistic and industrial workshop of Russian Artistic fund (1968-1972) as an artist.

But all further life of the artist was connected with Khotkovo town. She taught theory of composition and inmplementing skill at Abramtsevo artistic and industrial college named after Viktor Vasnetsov (1973 – 1982). She has trained the entire pleiad of famous ceramists.

Works by Valentina Bulygina are in the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”, Sergiev Posad State Historical and Artistic Museum-Reserve, All-Russian Decorative Art Museum, Ensemble Kuskovo, in Russian private collections and abroad.






A Photo Exhibition “S. A. V. V. A” Opened in Cultural and Educational Centre “Dubrava”



Exhibition period:February 11 - April 1, 2018

Location: The cultural and educational centre “Dubrava” named after archipriest Alexander Men


February 11, 2018 an exhibition “S. A. V. V. A” opened in cultural and educational centre “Dubrava” named after archipriest Alexander Men. The display presents photo materials from the funds of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo and is coincided with the anniversary of 100 years from the death of Savva Ivanovuch Mamontov (1841-1918). An exposition shows the least known pages of his biography and tells about the children of this famous industrialist and patron of arts.

Savva and Elizaveta the Mamontovs had five children – Sergey, Andrey, Vsevolod, Vera and Alexandra. The first letters of their names compose “Savva” and this is not accidental, but a symbol of a particular family integrity, reflection of absolute authority of Savva Mamontov. The exhibition represents photos of members of the Mamontovs' family, which life was very rich and interesting. The children of this family received good education: boys were studying at the gymnasium, then Sergey was studying at the Nikolayev Military School, Andrey – at the School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, and Vsevolod – at the Moscow University. The most important is that they received excellent home education: every one knew several languages (during foreign trips parents employed teachers and also the children communicated with local children), they did gymnastics, fencing, read a lot, trained music, painted and wrote poems.

The main objective of the exhibition is to display unique life atmosphere of the big and friendly family of the Mamontovs and the way of life of Russian Estate of the 20th century.

The exhibition runs till April 1, 2018.






Exhibition “The Good Night Stories”



Exhibition period: February 4 — March 17, 2018

Location: Polenov's Dacha


Exhibition “The Good Night Stories” presents works of graphics, painting, decorative and applied art from the collection of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”.

Russian folk tales reveal fabulous world that became a source of inspiration for the artists of the Mamontovs' (or Abramtsevo) Circle. The revived elements of nature, prophetic birds, spells and rites, the deepest mysteries, dreams and signs, all these things encouraged such artists as Elena Polenova, Valentin Serov, Mikhail Vrubel, Viktor Vasnetsov and the others famous painters of Abramtsevo union. Their works in genres of painting, graphics, decorative and applied arts will be shown in two exhibition halls of Polenov's Dacha.

Visitors can dive into a fairy-tale and fascinating atmosphere of Abramtsevo, will be able to take part in master-classes, to cradle a baby bassinet, to try his hand at the role of storyteller, and to listen fairy-tales. The fairy-tale is only as a fable and fantastic story on the outside, but it gives a meaning to the emotional world of a man from his childhood. Our exhibition will be interesting for children and adults, who will be able to plot their own good night story in future.









Exhibition “Viktor Vasnetsov at Abramtsevo”



Exhibition period: since January 2, 2018

Location: The Art Museum named after V.M. and A.M. Vasnetsov (Kirov, Vyatka)


Since January 2, 2018 the Art Museum named after V.M. and A.M. Vasnetsov (Kirov, Vyatka) opened a new exhibition “Viktor Vasnetsov at Abramtsevo”. This exhibition project was implemented in close collaboration between the Museum-Reeserve “Abramtsevo” and the Vyatka Art Museum. It is dedicated to the 170th anniversary from the birth of Viktor Vasnetseov.

This exhibition presents around 40 works by Viktor Vasnetsov from the collection of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”. They cover more that 50 years of creativity the artist from the beginning – the middle of the 1870s to the last years of his life, and the artist's latest series of paintings from 1923. These works are mainly the sketches, they reflect the process of work under large projects and pictorial canvases, including the Church of the Savior in Abramtsevo, the design of the performance “The Snow-Maiden”.

Viktor Vasnetseov met the Mamontovs in 1878. Abramtsevo became the unique in his art, practically key projects of Viktor Vasnetsov were connected to artistic interests of the Mamontov's Circle. In the 1880s at Abramtsevo and its vicinities the artist has worked under 3 projects at the same time, such as “Three Princesses of Underworld”, “Alyonushka”, “The Bogatyrs”, series of panels for the Historical Museum “The Stone Age”, sketches of decorations and costumes to “The Snow-Maiden”, projects of the Church of the Savior” and the Hut on the Chicken Legs, and many others.



Last Updated on Monday, 26 March 2018 13:43