Concert by Viktor Ryabchikov at Abramtsevo


August 29, 2017 as a part of the Festival “The Scarlet Flower” the concert of truly kind friend of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”, the Associate Professor of the Academy of Choral Arts named after Viktor Popov, the Vice-President of Society of Mikhail Glinka, the honorary member of Berlin Society named after Mikhail Glinka Viktor Ryabchikov was held in Manor House of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”. Maestro performed works of Russian and foreign composers.

Soon, in the end of September the musician is expected to return to Abramtsevo and will present his new program – music of the 19th century.











Holiday of the Church of the Savior at Abramtsevo


August 29, 2017 the temple holiday of the Church of the Savior was celebrated in Abramtsevo. This day Russian Orthodox Church honors Icon of the Savior (16th August old style). This holiday is also called Savior of the Nut Feast Day or Savior of the Bread Feast Day by people.

There was the divine worship, which was officiated the Beneficiary of situated in Akhtyrka Mother of God Church archpriest Boris Mozhaev. Among the parishioners the descendants of the founder of Abramtsevo Artistic Circle Savva Mamontov (such as Sergey Cherniyshev) visited the Divine Liturgy.











Abramtsevo Festival “The Crown of the Summer”



For the first time the festive farewell to summer was held at Abramtsevo. All day an art exhibition fair worked for the visitors of the Museum. This event took place at 2 sites: in the Museum park and in front of the Manor House. Many masters of fine arts, decorative and applied arts presented their works. Moreover, various entertaining and useful master-classes were held. In front of Polenov’s Dacha gardeners and farmers from Abramtsevo, Khotkovo and Sergiev Posad showed their best achievements. The staff of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo” prepared and gave unique tours for the guests. Veranda of Manor Estate House was the place to hear the stories about flowers (presentation of the breeder and author of several sorts of phlox Yury Reprev). On the meadow in front of Polenov's Dacha folk music group "Funs of Khkotkovo" ("Khotkovo's zabavi") performed its show program.







Exhibition “The Truth of the Nude"

The Nude Genre in Russian Painting and Graphics of the 50-70s of the Last Century



Exhibition period: August 12 – September 2017

Location: Polenov's Dacha


Exhibition of works in the Nude genre presents more than 40 paintings.

Exposition includes works of graphic artist, book illustrator and one of the organizers of the group “13” Nikolay Kuzmin (1890-1987) and the Soviet painter Semyon Chuikov (1902-1980) from the funds of the Museum.

The basis of the exhibition is formed by paintings of graphic artist, painter and cartoonist Vitaliy Goryaev (1910-1982). The custodian of his heritage, art historian Natalia Anikina provided these works for use in this exhibition.

The exhibition has a retrospective character and covers the period from the 50s to the 70s. The spectator will see all details on which the artists drew their attention when studied the plasticity of female body.

The organizers chose a sufficiently powerful name for this exhibition; it has both a definition and a challenge. The artist through his art, intuitive understanding of peace and its verges invites his visitor to take part in a dialogue. Exhibition “The Truth of the Nude” allows to continue this dialogue and, beyond doubt, each of us will have own truth.







Exhibition “The Way of Salvation” by Anatoliy Sysolov



Exhibition period: August 4 –September 20, 2017

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


August 4, 2017 an exhibition “The Way of Salvation” by the sculptor, the honored artist of Russia Anatoliy Sysolov began its work. The exhibition coincided with the 90th anniversary from the birth of author.

Anatoliy Sysolov is a truly Russian national artist, a passionate proponent and continuer of the best traditions of native art. He is a master of genre composition and portrait. His works have an actuality of ideological intention, a certain completeness of volumes, realistic generality of images, a delicate symbolism. His creativity is free from external declamatory message; images created by him are always expressive and very emotional.

His creative path is marked by the projects of monuments, many of which are installed in different cities of Russia. Among of them are the sculptural images of the state leaders and the heroes of the Revolution. Five of his works decorate the façade of Kursk atomic station.

A special place in the zone of author’s creativity takes place a theme of the Great Patriotic War. The sculptor brings his own “fresh eyes” and the subjectivity of the perception into decision of this theme; he himself aspired towards the individualization of the image. It is important for author to perpetuate the heroic deed of the Soviet soldier, and to reflect an emotional state of surviving war people.

The author is especially proud of monuments and memorials to the memory of soldiers who died in the Great Patriotic War in Kasimov, Kaluga, Krasnoarmeisk, Krymsk, in Barkovo village of Pushkino district, in Mamontovskiy village, in Skoropuskovskiy village and in Ptitsegrad of Sergiev Posad district.

In the late 1980s Anatoliy Sysolov experienced the carved Orthodox icon. The restoration of ancient traditions of carved icons with painting and gilding, creation of Orthodox sculpture and the sculpture on the religious plots became the leading lines of the creativity of sculptor during last years. Carved icons and reliefs by Anatoliy Sysolov have the graceful drawing, fine plastic and definition of shade figures, harmony of decorative and ornamental motives, and softness of colors. Carved icons by Anatoliy Sysolov have earned the approval of hierarchy of the Russian Orthodox Church.

The artist is one of the initiators of the foundation of section of the Temple art at the Moscow Artists Union and is an active participant of exhibitions of section of the temple art.

The exposition presents works of many years from the collection of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo” and the collection of author. It includes more than 50 sculpture works, 15 reliefs and carved icons, and more than 50 graphic works.





Meeting with Restorers of the Igor Grabar All-Russia Art Research and Restoration Centre



August 10, 2017 at 15.00 p.m. a meeting with restorers of the Igor Grabar All-Russia Art Research and Restoration Centre will be held at the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”. The occasion is the return of the picturesque painting “Landscape” believed to be in Gustave Courbet’s own hand to the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”. This work belonged to the collection of the owner of Abramtsevo Artistic Circle Savva Mamontov.

Before the process of restoration the painting was on the verge of extinction. In view of the difficulty of restoration works and large size (178x227 cm), the painting was sent for restoration to the Igor Grabar All-Russia Art Research and Restoration Centre. The complex and painstaking work for its recovery took several years. True, after the tragic fire in Grabar centre in July 2010, all work started from scratch.

As the result after the 10th year restoration, the painting is returned to Abramtsevo.

July 2017 the painting was delivered to Abramtsevo and this time is presented in the Manor House.



Plein-Air at Abramtsevo



July 22, 2017 an open-air event “Plein-Air 2017” was held at the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”.







The Relic Returned to Abramtsevo


July 4, 2017 after many years of restoration the painting “Landscape”, believed to be in Gustave Courbet’s own hand, was delivered at Abramtsevo. This work belonged to the collection of the owner of Abramtsevo Artistic Circle Savva Mamontov.

Before the process of restoration the painting was on the verge of extinction. In view of the difficulty of restoration works and large size (178x227 cm), the painting was sent for restoration to the Igor Grabar All-Russia Art Research and Restoration Centre. The complex and painstaking work for it's recovery took several years. True, after the tragic fire in Grabar centre in July 2010, all work started from scratch.

As the result after the 10th year restoration, the painting returns to Abramtsevo. Many thanks to wonderful masters of Grabar centre (restorer S.A. Levaev, manager N.S. Koshkina)!










Seminar of Literary Museums at Abramtsevo



June 19-20, 2017 a seminar of the directors of Russian literary museums named after N.V. Shalakhova “Literary and memorial museums in the 19th century. Traditions and novations” and the 12th conference of Association of Pushkin’s Museums were held at Abramtsevo .

The participants of the event had a trip to the historical sites of memory in Abramtsevo and its vicinities, were near Alyonushkin pond in Akhtyrka, where Viktor Vasnetsov made the studies to his famous painting. In addition the group toured the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”, and finally a musical evening with participation of the soloist of Bolshoi Theatre Marat Gali and the honored artist of Russia Olga Guryakova was held in theatre hall of Manor house.

Moreover, the conference featured presentations and a round table on theme “The authenticity of literary and memorial space: fact-myth-fact”. The participants of the seminar visited cultural and educational center “Dubrava” named after an archpriest Alexander Men, his Memorial Complex, an exhibition “The Son of Man”, office of Father Alexander in his house and the temple complex in honour of St. Sergius of Radonezh. In Sergiev Posad they took guided tour in the Trinity-Sergius Lavra and visited the burial grounds of Maxim Grek and Ivan Aksakov. Then the conference continued at the Museum-Reserve "Muranovo Estate named after F. Tyutchev”.






Exhibition “Cimmeria of Maximilian Voloshin”



Exhibition period: June 10 – July 2017

Location: Polenov's Dacha


Exhibition “Cimmeria of Maximilian Voloshin” in the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo” is an unprecedented case for its force, beauty, surprise and sensation. 150 museum items from the collections of the Voloshin Museum (Koktebel) and the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo” are exhibited in Polenov’s Dacha. These paintings have never left the Museum of the poet and Abramtsevo museum. It is well-known that the occasion for this project is the 140th anniversary from the birth of Maximilian Voloshin. This exhibition is organized by the Historical-cultural, memorial Museum-Reserve “Cimmeria of M.A. Voloshin”, the Voloshin Museum, Abramtsevo State Historical, Artistic and Literary Museum-Reserve with the assistance of the Ministry of Culture of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the Crimean Republican branch of All-Russian creative public organization “Union of Artists of Russia”. Sponsored by VTB Bank.

Maximilian Voloshin (May 28, 1877 – November 8, 1932) was a Russian poet of Ukrainian-German origin. He was one of the significant representatives of the Symbolist movement in Russian culture and literature. He became famous as a poet and a critic of literature and the arts, being published in many contemporary magazines of the early 20th century, including Vesy, Zolotoye runo ('The Golden Fleece'), and Apollon. He was known for his brilliant translations of a number of French poetic and prose works into Russian.

Voloshin glorifies Cimmeria. His fascinating watercolors show hills, valleys with stones and wormwood fields, lunar landscapes with rocks and view on Karadag. An influence of the East it is possible to guess in stylistics of colored drawings. And this guess will be right. Poems had become his life’s work. Painting has become the desire of his soul.

Cimmeria of Maximilian Voloshin is not only his favored Koktebel with a lot of odd tuffets and precious jems, but also with its beautiful, horrible or fabulous myths. Moreover, it is also the Scythians, the Hellenes and the Genoese, Goths and the Slavs, whose history developed on these shores.

His watercolors are different. Here you have a feeling that time has frozen. They are contemplative and meditative; they show the face of the Earth and the soul of artist at the same time.

The exhibition presents works by Voloshin as an artist for different times: etchings of the Paris period, early tempera and Gouache, watercolors dated the 1920s. The visitor could look at a chiton and a staff of master, handicraft art objects from the House of a Poet, such as shelves, a сupboard, a casket. A death mask of Maximilian Voloshin, made by V.E. Zhukov and S.D. Merkulov, is presented at the exhibition also.

The exhibition runs till the end of July, 2017.






Exhibition of Works by Artists from Crimea at Abramtsevo



Exhibition period: June 10 - July 9, 2017

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


June 10, 2017 Arts and Crafts Department of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo” opened an exhibition, dedicated to Crimea. Name of the exhibition is “A Fascination. Crimea – Abramtsevo” at the end of the plein-air of the Crimean artists near Abramtsevo in May 23-30, 2017 within the framework of the XI International Festival “The Great Russian Word”.

All artists-exhibitors are the participants of the past plain-air, honoured artists of Ukraine, laureates of the State Prize of Crimea: Nikolay Dudchenko, Roman Tretyakov, Ramazan Useinov, Eleonora Shcheglova, Elena Molchanova-Dudchenko. All of them are the contemporary representatives of the school of the Cimmerian landscape. And the founders of the "Cimmerian" school of painting were such famous artists as Ivan Aivazovsky, Konstantin Bogaevsky, Maximilian Voloshin, Mikhail Latri, Lev Lagorio. This vision is even more interesting considering that all of them are our contemporaries, and they have a new fresh look at our Abramtsevo.





Exhibition “From Birchbark to Paper”



Exhibition period: May 24 - June 20, 2017

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


May 24, 2017 Arts and Crafts Department of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo” opened a new exhibition “From Birchbark to Paper. The Old Russian Book from the Collection of the Novgorod Museum- Reserve”.

This exhibition is devoted to the history and evolution of Russian manuscript and old printed books, from the oldest (ceraes and birchbarks), medieval manuscripts to the printed books of religious and secular content.

The contribution of Novgorod to the development of the Old Russian script is unique. The ancient city of Velikiy Novgorod is the prominent center of Russian culture and books. This is one of the largest centers of education, chronicle writing and literacy. The third of the Old Slavic and Old Russian books is from the Novgorod land.

The exhibition is a space education project that is oriented towards the development of knowledge about the origin of writing and books, based on the materials from the Novgorod Museum-Reserve. Exposition includes more than 50 archeological items, birchbarks, the old manuscript and printed books of the XI-XIX centuries.





Exhibition “Savva Mamontov. The Road. Nyandoma” at “Nyan’s House”


The local history center “Nyan’s House” opened the exhibition “Mamontov. The Road. Nyandoma”, devoted to the history of the Mamontovs family.

The member of guardian council of the local history center E.N. Simonova brought wide format images from the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”, opening an opportunity to enter a vanished world of happy residents of the famous estate. These photos tell a little known history of “the girl with peaches” Vera Mamontova, her brothers and the sister… Life of this family could be particularly interesting to the local citizens among of which there the name “mamons” is still existing, and in memory of their ancestors who built the railway road of Savva Mamontov. Moreover, Nyandoma town was founded due to the creation of the railway road built up by Savva Mamontov.









Exhibition “Vera Mamontova. Girl with Peaches”



Exhibition period: March 5 – June 2017

Location: Cultural and educational center “Dubrava” (16, Parkovaya str., micro district Semkhoz, Sergiev Posad district)


March 5, 2017 the cultural and educational center “Dubrava” opened the exhibition “Vera Mamontova. Girl with Peaches”.

The exhibition presents photos from the collection of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”. There you will see the first years of Vera’s life, moments of Manor’s life, her close circle – relatives, friends and famous artists.

The exhibition coincided with the 130th anniversary of the portrait “Girl with Peaches”. Entrance is free.


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