Exhibition “Theatre Begins from Abramtsevo!” in Rome



Exhibition period: September 3 – 14, 2018

Location: Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Rome (Piazza Benedetto Cairoli, 6, 00186, Roma, Italy)


"There's a well-known phrase attributed to Stanislavsky: “Theatre begins at the cloakroom.” We decided to change this aphorism and named the exhibition of drawings by remarkable Russian artists, such as Valentin Serov, Ilya Repin, Viktor Vanetsov, Vasiliy Polenov, Adrian Prakhov, Ilya Ostroukhov, their sketches of decorations and costumes, playbills of performances of Abramtsevo home theatre - “Theatre begins from Abramtsevo!”.

The idea of this exhibition is to demonstrate the birth process of a performance vision in Abramtsevo art world. Decoration of home performances, the choice of plays, their writing by Savva Mamontov, acting, directing, homely public atmosphere – all that later became the basis of the brilliant development of spectacularity on Russian music stage. Russian Diaghelev’s ‘Ballets Russes’became the perfect example of it.

Collection of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo” helps to reconstruct a rather expressive picture of Abramtsevo theatre life. These are portrait and genre scene sketches, scenery and costume designs, playbills of performances, photo documents. All exhibits are unique, and the most interesting is the album “The Chronicle of Our Artistic Circle” published in typography of Anatoliy Mamontov to the 15th anniversary of home performances. This album shows the tableau vivant, staged in December 1878, and presents comedy “Near an Art” (1894) written by Savva Mamontov. This material is the basis of the exhibition “Theatre begins from Abramtsevo!”.

The exhibition runs as a part of the project “Russian Seasons in Italy” under the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.











Abramtsevo Festival “The Crown of the Summer”



All day August 19, 2018 the festive farewell to summer was held in Abramtsevo. All day the art exhibition fair worked for the visitors of the Museum. The event took place at several sites: in the Museum park near Polenov's Dacha, in front of the Manor House and on the Verranda of the Manor House. Many masters of fine, decorative and applied arts presented their works. Moreover, various entertaining and useful master-classes were held.











Exhibition “Life in Abramtsevo”



Exhibition period: August 15 – September 16, 2018

Location: Polenov’s Dacha


September 15, 2018 an exhibition “Life in Abratmsevo. Painting. Anastasiya Sokolova, Valeriy Chernoritskiy, Nikita Chernoritskiy, Taisiya Chernoritskaya” was opened in Polenov's Dacha of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”.

Anastasiya Sokolova and Valeriy Chernoritskiy are the corrsponding members of the Russian Academy of Arts. Their children Nikita and Taisiya are the students of the Moscow Academic Art Institute named after Surikov and the Moscow Academic Art High School of the Russian Academy of Arts.

Exhibition of artistic family is a fact, that deserves special attention. The Sokolovs – Chernoritskiye live in Abramtsevo Artistic village in summer and autumn. And name of the exhibition was born by this life. Abramtsevo is a place of inspiration and creativity for them.

Valeriy Chernoritskiy is famous by his monumental works, which it is possible to see in Lithuania, Corsica and Umbria. These works are the painting of chapels, which were made together with his wife Nastya Sokolova during 1991 – 2008.

Nikita and Taisiya the Chernoritskiye are the furiously dedicated people to art. “Furiously” is about a temperament. Such quantity of sketches, drawings, picturesque paintings and pencil sketches is possible to see, but not by so young painters.

The artists show the Abramtsevo painting – landscapes, garden still-life, family portraits and portraits of citizens of the village.

Abramtsevo – always new and constant – gives the Sokolovs-Chernoritskiye inspiration to paint! And the motives are the same as for the Mamontovs' friends – artists – flowers and grass. Portraits of contemporaries-neighbors (Taisiya Goryaeva, Alexey Shmarinov, Sergey Alimov, Tom Patterson) depict not an individual plastic arts, but a general Abramtsevo country mood of melancholy and beautiful comfort and calm.

The exhibition invites spectators into the world of chamber, lyrical, calm, colored “the Moscow school” of painting.







Exhibition of Works by Viktor Vasnetsov “The Pleasure of Architectural Creativity”



Exhibition period: July – August, 2018

Location: Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Savior


The Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo” with the Funds of Preservation of Cultural Heritage of the Vasnetsovs with the support of the Russian Orthodox Church, in connection with the 170th anniversary from the birth of the prominent Russian artist Viktor Vanetsov organize an exhibition in July-August, 2018 in Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The exhibition is unique in that it reveals and highlights little known pages of creativity if this famous artist at the first time.

The materials of exhibition tell about the first architectural project by Viktor Vasnetsov, when he, by his own words, felt “pleasure of architectural creativity”. In summer 1881 the artist with Vasiliy Polenov created a project of the Church of the Savior at Abramtsevo, in construction of which the artists were directly involved. The materials of the exhibition, such as the project of the church, sketches of iconostasis, the gonfalon, shroud help to imagine the intentions of artists, which virtually all were realized. A small estate church played a great role in the birth of a big style, and exactly church in Abramtsevo stands at the origins of Art Nouveau.

From Abramtsevo Viktor Vasnetsov went to Kiev. Here, in “the Mother of Russian towns” he headed the works on painting of St. Vladimir's Cathedral. Unique photos of interiors of the cathedral made in the end of the 19th century are shown at the present exhibition.

Moreover, the exhibition aims to inspire the organizers for the holding of continental traveling exhibition in foreign church centers of Europe, Asia, Africa, America and Australia in 2018-2019.








Exhibition of Painting and Graphics by Alexander Berezin



Exhibition period: July 17 – August 19, 2018

Location: Arts and Crafts Department of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo” (Kooperativnaya 23, Khotkovo, Sergiev Posad district, Moscow region)


July 17, 2018 an exhibition of works by the artist Alexander Berezin began its work in Arts and Crafts Department of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”. He is a painter and a graphic artist; his works are in genres of painting, still-life painting and portrait.

Alexander Berezin was born in May 27, 1935 in Kharkov. During the years of the Great Patriotic War he had experienced all the horrors of occupation. His father died at the front, his mother died too, and a little child got into an orphanage. In March 1948 his aunt took him away an orphanage and brought to Abramtsevo. She worked in Abramtsevo military hospital, and then after war – in a rest house.

Living near the artists’ village, Alexander Berezin met famous Soviet masters of Arts, such as Pavel Radimov, Igor Grabar, Dementiy Shmarinov and Alexey Orlov. He was lucky to watch the work by sculptor Vera Mukhina. Magic landscapes of Abramtsevo have been a source of inspiration for the work of artist.

The exhibition presents works from an author’s collection. If you try to find a key to understand a difficult simplicity of the art by Alexander Berezin, so firstly it is important to point that a base of his works is a deep poetic feeling. Many works by the artist are of small size, but they are valued by their flavor and were finished skillfully. They overgrow the frames of a sketch and become independent paintings.








Exhibition “I am Radimov Pavel, an Artist and a Poet…”



Exhibition period: July 14 – August 12, 2018

Location: Polenov’s Dacha


An exhibition “I am Radimov Pavel, an artist and a poet…” is devoted to works by one of the most Abramtsevo artists of the 20th century Pavel Radimov (1887 – 1967).

Who is the artist of Abramtsevo? Abramtsevo artist is a synonym with the singer of nature. Nature is endowed with spiritual element, in which the love of the Creator is felt most directly. In different times artists visited Abramtsevo and felt the uniqueness and spirit of this place. Radimov has lived in Abramtsevo village of artists more than 30 years. However, the matter is not in longevity, but in dedication and tenderness, in his own “intonation”, he used to tell about Abramtsevo in his poems and picturesque works.

This exhibition introduces a small amount of artistic heritage of Pavel Radimov. But the exhibitors wanted to show the personality of artist with the help of his works, personal items and an archive. He is a friend and student of Nikolay Pheshin, a friend of Sergey Esenin and Vladimir Mayakovskiy. When he joined the Association of Traveling Art Exhibitions (Peredvizhniki), Ilya Repin and Vasiliy Polenov acted as guarantors. By circumstances he became the last chairman of the Association and the first of the Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia (AKhRR). In 1934 he participated in foundation of Novo-Abramtsevo dacha-cooperate not far from the legendary estate. He published the collections of his poems, holded exhibitions, traveled across Country of Soviets (Turkmenistan, Belorussia, Tartary, Uzbekistan, Chuvashia, Bashkiria), took part in foreign exhibitions in Venice, London, Berlin, New-York, Munich, Cologne, Stockholm. Regarding Abramtsevo, it gave him a rare feeling of peace.

The exhibition of works by Pavel Radimov will be held from July 14 to August 12. Last personal exhibition was held in Moscow in 1962 (it was coincided to the 75th anniversary from the birth).








Future Restorers Visited Abramtsevo



During the summer practical work students and teachers of the department “Restoration” of the Moscow College of Architecture, Design and Re-engineering No. 26 visited the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”. They were told about the work of their colleagues in the Museum and shown exhibits restored by the museum specialists. Students presented their reports, visited excursion tours, which made vivid and indelible impressions on them.











The Day of Saint Peter and Saint Fevroniya in Abramtsevo


July 8, 2018 the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo” celebrated the Day of Saint Peter and Saint Fevroniya, also as known as the Day of Family, Love and Faithfulness. Over the last two centuries the Abramtsevo estate was a home for friendly, creative families, which were kind and hospitable owners for all their talented guests. This year continuing the tradition of owners of estate, the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo” held this family holiday with different performances, songs and dances, plays and etc.










Exhibition from Abramtsevo at the Urzhum Museum



Exhibition period: since July 29, 2018

Location: the Memorial Museum named after S. M. Kirov (Kirova 70, Urzhum town, Kirov province)


Since June 29, 2018 an exhibition “Artists in Abramtsevo” was opened in the Memorial Museum named after Sergey Kirov. Photos from the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”. It displays more than 15 oversize photos from the funds of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”. The exhibition introduces visitors with estate “Abramtsevo” of the end of the 19th – the beginning of the 20th centuries and its inhabitants – family of the owner of the estate Savva Mamontov and his friends – artists, such as Vasiliy Polenov, Viktor and Apollinariy the Vasnetsovs, Ilya Repin, Mikhail Vrubel, Valentin Serov, Konstantin Korovin, Ilya Ostroukhov and the others.







The Lecture about the Russian Tile



June 19, 2018 a meeting with a Doctor of Historic Sciences, a specialist in pottery, an employee of the Moscow State Integrated Museum-Reserve Svetlana Baranova was held in Abramtsevo. The theme of lecture was “The Russian Tile: History of Research”.

The participants of the events were museum staff, restorers and artists. Lecture and presentation aroused great interest in audience. At the end there was a presentation of the book “The Ceramic Installation”, which is devoted to Alexey Philippov (1882-1956) – the greatest Russian specialist in ceramics, artist and teacher, technologist, historian, restorer and collector of the Russian tile. The edition is dedicated to a whole sector of the Russian art – architectural ceramics of the 1900-1950s.

The Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo” extends special thanks to the Moscow State Integrated Museum-Reserve and Svetlana Baranova particularly.











Fair of Art Crafts in Abramtsevo



June 11, 2018 a fair of arts and crafts and a range of various activities (as part of the celebrations of the Day of Russia) were held in the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”. Dozens of masters of decorative and applied arts from Abramtsevo, Khotkovo, Sergiev Posad and Moscow district took part in it. All guests played old games, such as gorodki, hoopla or lapta bat, took part in different master-classes and caught fish in Polenov's pond.







Exhibition “Phantasmagoria by Sergey Alimov”



Exhibition period: June 9 – July 8, 2018

Location: Polenov’s Dacha


June 9, 2018 an exhibition “Phantasmagoria by Sergey Alimov” was opened in Polenov's Dacha of the Museum-Reserve “Abratmsevo”. Exhibition is coincided with the anniversary - 80 years from the birth of one of the most famous Russian animation designer, graphic artist and illustrator Sergey Alimov.

The exhibition combines graphic sheets connected with theme “Russian fantastic story”. Besides book illustrations the exhibition presents works to animation films and theatre sketches including the sketches of puppets for the performances of the Puppet Theatre named after Sergey Obraztsov.

The visitor will see about 50 works over the years and will estimate the originality of plastic manner of the master, his creative phases and versatility of experience.

The exhibition runs till July 8, 2018.







Abramtsevo at Intermuseum-2018



From May 31 to June 3, 2018 the jubilee 20th International festival “Intermuseum-2018” was held in Moscow. Only 173 out of the 500 applications from museums of Russian and countries of the near and far abroad were chosen for next round of Festival. Our museum was among them. It presented 2 projects - “Abramtsevo – Crimea” and “We go to Abramtsevo”.

“Intermuseum-2018” gave the opportunity for the museums showcase achievements, to share its experiences, to cooperate fruitfully with colleagues and guests of the Festival and to participate in various master-classes and other events.











Congratulations on the International Museum Day!






Festive Program to the 9th of May at Abramtsevo




May 6, 2018 the festive event dedicated to the Victory Day was held in the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”. A concert with participation of the students of Moscow Children's Art School No. 17, ensemble of wind instruments was also held in Manor Estate House. Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Camille Saint-Saëns, Francis Poulenc and others were performed before visitors by the Honored artist of Russian Federation Svetlana Orudgheva (piano), laureates and diploma winners of All-Russian and international contests Stepan Bachevich, Piotr Dolinin, Kirill Tantsirev, Kun Khan.



Exhibition “Leonid Pisarev. Natalia Nesterova. Painting”



Exhibition period: April 28 – June 3, 2018

Location: Polenov’s Dacha


The project “Leonid Pisarev. Natalia Nesterova. Painting” presents over 40 works by the artists. This exhibition is the jubilee – Leonid Pisarev celebrates his 80th birthday on April 28. He was a student of Alexander Deineka, worked in the field of monumental painting and architecture, and practiced an easel art. During last decade the artist organized some personal exhibitions including an exhibition in the magazine “Our Heritage” (“Portraits of Houses”, 2010). He teaches courses in painting in the department of scenography of GITIS (State University of Theater Art). Works for this exhibition were selected very strict and “conceptually”. The artist shares his intense and at the same time light “thoughts” about the basis of Russian life, its utopia and powerful nature.

Leonid Pisarev and Natalia Nesterova have been working for years and have great experience in joint creative projects. He remembers, when in the end of the 1960s girls from Moscow secondary art school broke into the Moscow Academic Art Institute named after Surikov. He had chosen Natasha Nesterova. Natasha had chosen him. And their son Lyova had chosen them both. They have travelled the country from Kamchatka to Pamir, watched and painted. For several years Natalia became a real artist.

Natalia Nesterova is the academician of Russian Academy of Arts, honored artist of Russia, laureate of State Prize and the “Triumph” Award, Professor of painting in GITIS. Annually her exhibitions are held in Moscow and New York. And in the first time – at Abramtsevo.

The exhibition presents “scenic” paintings by Natalia Nesterova. She is attentive and ironic. A man involved in a daily life is in the center of the world depicted by the artist. Then a painting follows, which is so extraordinary, exciting, surrealistic, that many critics and curators try to guess this mysterious play of language and shape. So it will be more interesting to look at the plastic interpretation of Abramtsevo.

As a rule, organizers of the Museum give the titles to exhibitions by themselves. Pisarev-Nesterova gave up on the title. There are their names in it, as a sign of individual artistic and emotional world perception.







Concert of Classic Music at Abramtsevo


May 1, 2018 the concert of classical music was held in the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”. The event took place in Polenov's Dacha of the Museum and was organised in the framework if the 3d All-Russian Students' Festival of Classic Music “Musica Integral”.








The Treatment by Beauty



The program of rehabilitation and education for pupils of Moscow psycho-neurological school No. 22 is continuing at the Museum “Abramtsevo”. April 27, 2018 guests of the Museum visited the Church of the Savior and then painted wooden eggs based on choir-places in the church.







Musical Evening by Daria Davydova in Abramtsevo





April 14, 2018 a concert by a guest soloist with the Bolshoi Theater Daria Davydova was held in Manor House of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”. Piano by laureate of international contests – Ludmila Dikhan.

The program included as the most popular romances of the 19th-20th centuries and the best fold songs.







Cultural Journey “We Go to Abramtsevo!”


March 11, 2018 an outstanding event was held in Abramtsevo – a footpath to the Museum-Reserve was opened after reconstruction. On this occasion a cultural journey from railway station “Abramtsevo” to the main entrance to the Museum was held. There was a colorful festal day. Among contemporary dressed people one could see sirs and ladies dressed in manner of XIX century. Also guests could visit an excursion “Atmosphere of Art” and vernissage of local artists. Young visitors played folk games. The opening ceremony was attended by Deputy of State Duma Sergey Pakhomov, the Minister of Culture of the Moscow region Oksana Kosareva, the Head of Sergiev Posad district Mikhail Tokarev, the Head of Khotkovo town Rita Tikhomirova, and the Deputes of the Moscow Region Duma Sergey Dvoinykh and Alexander Legkov.


Photo by Olga Tikhomirova







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 “Theater Begins with Abramtsevo” in Poland


March 16, 2018 Russian Educational and Cultural Center in Gdansk (Poland) opened an exhibition “Theater Begins with Abramtsevo” which is timed to coincide with the Day of Theater in Russia. Exhibition presents sketches of theatrical costumes created in Abramtsevo. The exhibition was officially opened by Director of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo” Elena Voronina.

The same day the specialists of the Museum gave open lesson for students of the Gdansk General Secondary School (Lyceum) No. 19. The researcher of Abramtsevo Museum Mikhail Suvorov told about history of the Museum and deep cultural significance of Abramtsevo Estate for Russian society during XIX – XX centuries.













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.






The Concert “Music of Russian Estate”



February 25, 2018 the concert of students of the State Musical Pedagogical Institute named after Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov was held in Arts and Crafts Department of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”. Young performers presented their virtuosity on national musical instruments of the class of the Honored Worker of the Russian Federation, laureate of All-Russian and International contests Irina Diakonova. Concertmaster and laureate of International contest Irina Glazunova will accompany the students. Works of Russian and foreign composers of the past and the modern time were performed.





Exhibition “Theater Begins with Abramtsevo” in Warsaw


Exhibition period: since February 20, 2018

Location: Russian Educational and Cultural Center in Warsaw


February 20, 2018 Russian Educational and Cultural Center in Warsaw opened an exhibition from the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo” which is timed to coincide with the Day of Theater in Russia.

Exhibition is devoted to Russian entrepreneur and patron of arts Savva Mamontov, which the 175th anniversary from his birth was celebrated in 2016. Exposition presents theatrical works by such prominent Russian and Soviet artists of XIX-XX centuries as Valentin Serov, Viktor Vasnetsov, Vasiliy Polenov, Vera Aralova, also portrait and genre scenes drawings, sketches of decorations and costumes, photo documents, posters of the productions of Abramtsevo home theater.

The best adoration of the event was the brilliant performance of students of theatrical studio “Kaleidoscope” of general secondary school of the Embassy of the Russian Federation (Artistic Director is Ella Gruzdeva). Children performed play from the famous fairy tale “The Snow Queen”.









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.



Musical Evening at Abramtsevo





February 24, 2018 the musical evening “The Obsession. Ivan Turgenev and Pauline Viardot. Vocal and epistolary mix” was held in Manor House of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”. As is widely known, Abramtsevo is one of the main sites of memory of Ivan Turgenev near Moscow. Ivan Turgenev visited Abramtsevo and stayed here at the owner of the Estate, writer Sergey Aksakov (in the 1854-1855s), then at the entrepreneur and patron of arts Savva Mamontov (in 1878). So the guests had unique opportunity to watch a performance on theme about Ivan Turgenev.

Olga Nevskaya (vocal), Marina Lisovets (actress), Dmitriy Maltsev (piano, arrangement). The author of the idea is Elena Ronina.

An event was held with the support of the Turgenev Society in Moscow.





Pancake Days at Abramtsevo!



February 18, 2018 the program “A Big Maslenitsa” was held in the Museum-Reserve "Abramtsevo". During this day from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo” offered a full and varied program, which included the vernissage of the artists, sightseeing of Polenov’s Dacha, Studio, Bathhouse, Church of the Savior and Kitchen, author’s excursion along the Museum Park, the oldest games, songs and dances, the Pancake post, ice slide, captures of the snow fortress, fair of souvenirs, festive food. In the end of the event a burning of a straw puppet that embodies Winter and its end was held.





Maslenitsa Is in Full Swing


February 16, 2018 as a part of Pancake holidays a lot of plays, master-classes, and exciting tours continued in the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”. Young guests of the Museum competed with hoop-la, running with pancakes, finger-pointing and other Pancake plays. Also they painted wooden Matryoshka and learnt a lot about the history of Abramtsevo and Russian fairy-tales.

In the coming days there will be more entertainments of a Big Maslenitsa!

You are welcome!





Pancake Programs Started in the Museum


From February 14, 2018 the Pancake programs started in Abramtsevo Museum. Young guests learnt a lot about Russian traditions, history of folk fairy tales from the real magic heroes, painted wooden Matryoshka . Traditionally, as well as Maslenitsa holidays, it ended with tea party with pancakes.





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We wish you all good health, active and fruitful activity in the professional field as well as all the best in your personal life. Let the good mood and good luck be to you all the year!




Music and Poetic Performance in the Museum


February 3, 2018 a musical and poetic performance “This is the world of charm, this is silver world!” was held in Manor House of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”. Pupils and teachers of Chernogolovka Children's Art School named after Elena Makurenkova had performed before the hearers. The organizer of the event is Director of school Olga Agroskina. Various musical and poetic works associated with the Silver Age of Russian poetry were interpreted during the event.






Winter Snowfall in Abramtsevo


In early February heavy snowfalls came to Abramtsevo and all vicinities of Moscow. These weather conditions have forced road services to work a lot, but also created amazing pictures of winter fairy tale. Inspired by snow magic, one of the visitors of the Museum, to the surprise and admiration of other guests, made an angel from snow.






Exhibition “The Banks” by Ludmila Ermilova



Exhibition period: January 17, 2018 — February 18, 2018

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


January 17, 2018 an exhibition of graphic art “The Banks” by Ludmila Ermilova was opened in Arts and Crafts Department of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”. This exhibition combines works created by the artist in various graphic techniques during the last three years. The careful spectator will notice the change of creative style of master.

Perhaps, the main themes of art of Ludmila Ermilova – her banks - remain unchanged.

Graphic artist Ludmila Ermilova was born January 15, 1948 in family of sailor-navigator in Murmansk. The artist shows all her love to the Russian North, its culture and traditions of the Pomors through her creativity.

Ludmila Ermilova graduated from the department of decorative ceramics of  the Abramtsevo Artistic and Industrial School (today College) named after Viktor Vasnetsov in 1968, then the department of weaving and cloth painting of the Moscow Institute of Technology with a specialty “Artistic decoration of cloth and fabrics” (1974).

Ludmila Ermilova is a constant participant of art exhibitions. She is a famous graphic artist, working at the style of contemporary Russian folk graphics (woodcut and lino-cut), talented teacher, the Merited Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation (1995), member of the Union of Artists of Russia (since 1993), active member of Russian Academy of Folk Arts.

Her works are in State Historical, Artistic and Literary Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”, Moscow State Museum of Russian Lubok and Naive Art, the Gallery of Arts “F. I. Chaliapin Museum” in Moscow, the Artistic and Pedagogical Museum of Toys in Sergiev Posad, in private collections and abroad.

As an artist, Ludmila Ermilova works in different graphic techniques: pencil drawing, watercolors, gouache, ink drawing and pen drawing. She is doing outstanding works in the technique of book graphics. Moreover, she is an athour of illustrations to the series of books of researcher and expert in Russian toys Galina Dain.

However, the talent of Ludmila Ermilova is most clearly seen in works, which are made in the style of folk graphics, in teqniques of linocut and woodcut, painted by watercolors.

Our exhibition includes more than 100 works from the author's collection and the collection of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”.






Presentation of the Book about Alexander Samarin



January 25, 2018 the launching of the book by Sergey Chernishev and archipriest Dmitriy Sazonov “Fighting the good fight...”, devoted to Alexander Samarin was held in Abramtsevo. The publication of this book is coincided with the 150th anniversary from the birth of A. D. Samarin.

The name of the author of the book, and the biography of the person to whom it is dedicated are unique. Sergey Chernishev is the Doctor of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences, Professor, great grandson of the prominent Russian merchant and patron of the arts Savva Mamontov, the grandson of his daughter Vera Mamontova, a famous “Girl with Peaches”.

Alexander Samarin (1868-1932), grandfather of the author of the book, left an important mark in native history, both in pre-revolutionary and post-revolutionary. He was the Chief Procurator of the Holy Synod, the Leader of the Moscow nobility, and the nominee on the Patriarchal See... He worked for a time in the Museum “Abramtsevo” after revolution. It is separately possible also to distinguish his marriage on Vera Mamontova, who died too early, but he remained loyal to her forever...

And the grandson of Alexander Samarin and Vera Mamontova, our contemporary tells about their life in his book...










Presentation of Catalog about the Ermilovs' Art


January 17, 2018 the exhibition “The Banks” was opened in Arts and Crafts Department of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”. In the framework of the opening the catalog by artists the Ermilovs will be presented.

Vasiliy Ermilov is the prominent artist of arts and crafts and wood carver. Over the years of his activity he found his own individual style, unique “Ermilov's” drawing of Abramtsevo-Kudrino carving.

Ludmila Ermilova is a famous graphic artist, working in the style of contemporary Russian folk graphics (woodcut and lino-cut), talented teacher, the Merited Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation.

Folk art became their favorite genre, and each of them developed their own individual style. The main aim of published book is to present a vivid picture of art of the Ermilovs.

Ludmila Ermilova is the inspirer of this project, Alexey Ermilov created the design and typography, Anna Andrianova is the author and compiler of opening articles, Natalia Malashina is the editor, photo by Alexander Egupets and Ekaterina Bazlova.









Abramtsevo Celebrated Christmas


January 8, 2018 festive and interactive programs “Christmas Miracles” were held in the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”.

The Mamontovs always spent Christmas holidays with all the honors and celebrations. This family was known by theatrical and artistic projects. That is why Abramtsevo is rich by its Christmas traditions, and young guests and their parents were able to get acquainted with them.

Children and adults visited Abramtsevo Church and Kitchen opened after restoration. They found out many interesting things about Christmas holiday. Then they made bright colorful masks of funny fairy animals and birds with their own hands and went caroling. Our guests did not come empty handed, but with a bag of gifts. At the end of the event a festive tea-party with spice cakes took place.






Presentation of the Project “The Book of Job” at Abramtsevo


What is a book? This trivial question could be answered variously. For some people it is the source of information, for somebody it is a quality book of classic writer, for the other one it is the beautiful illustrations, and somebody will tell that the book is eReader only. And few will remember about a book of an artist, livre d*artiste, as about unique artistic phenomenon, which unites literary text, fine art and book printing.

January 3, 2018 the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo” gave the presentation of the book of artist. For this project of the major texts from the Old Testament “The Book of Job” was chosen. The specific feature of livre d*artiste is that not a professional illustrator designed the book, but the artist, that refers this work of art to the world of the great art. Special attention was paid to  text font, its size, the position of text on the list and printing technique.

The State Historical, Artistic and Literary Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”, the artist Tatiana Malyukova and the publisher Alexey Babayan presented the project livre d*artiste “The Book of Job”.






Exhibition of works by Tatiana Selvinskaya “The Games over the Years”



Exhibition period: December 27, 2017 – February 4, 2018

Location: Polenov's Dacha


The jubilee exhibition of Tatiana Ilinichna Selvinskaya is a wonderful gift to the visitors of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”.

It presents picturesque series of works by Tatiana Selvinskaya of the beginning of the 2000s and works of 2017. It should be reminded that the artist was born in 1927 in the family of poet Ilya Selvinskiy. She is closely linked to Abramtsevo museum through her teacher Robert Falk. Tatiana Selvinskaya is a Russian theatre designer, painter and poet, honoured for Services to the Arts in 1990, became a Laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation in 1994 and an Honorary Member of the Russian Academy of Arts in 2012. She was working with many prominent film directors, among them Nikolay Okhlopkov and Pyotr Fomenko. Tatyana Selvinskaya has created decorations for almost 150 plays in theatres of Moscow and other cities – from Odessa to Magadan. In 1966-1978 Tatyana Selvinskaya was teaching a course of theatre composition at the Moscow 1905 Year Memorial Arts College. She trained more than 100 pupils. Tatyana Selvinskaya is an active participant of numerous exhibitions, both individual and group ones. Her works are exhibited on The State Tretyakov Gallery, The Bakhrushin Theatre Museum, theatre museums and art galleries of St. Petersburg, Kiev, Chelyabinsk, Simferopol and Bryansk.

Expositional space of Abramtsevo museum inspired the artist to show the series and cycles of works such as “Spain”, “Adam and Eve”, “The Light from the Windows”, “Dedication”, “After Life” and “An Angel”. The creativity of the author is far from eventivity. But it is not isolated from the world. “My great predecessors – Korovin, Golovin, Serov – integrated the pictorial art into theatre. But on the contrary I integrate theatre into pictorial art”, - Tatiana Selvinskaya says. Hence is the name of the exhibition - “The Games over the Years”. As a theatre artist, Tatiana Selvinskaya has a keen and sensitive eye, is not afraid to experiment with form and color. Tatiana Selvinskaya has bright, recognizable style of painting. But the artist confesses: “I have never sought my own style”. However, this is her style.






Exhibition of Ceramics by Irina Shchetinina “Without Fussing”



Exhibition period: December 22, 2017 – January 14, 2018

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


A new exhibition featuring ceramic works by Irina Schetinina opened on December 22 in Arts and Crafts Department of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo”.

Irina Shchetinina (Grigorenko) is and artist working in the fiels of applied arts, ceramist. She was born in 1960 in Kaliningrad, Moscow Region (not it's name is Korolyov). Graduated an artistic department of Moscow Institute of Technology (1983) with a specialty in decorative and applied arts, has worked for Gzhel factory, Feniyskiy majolica factory(1983-1990) and experimental artistic enterprise of the Union of Artists of Russia “Vorontsovo”. She participated at artistic groups and often made drawing lots (1990-2005). She was the teacher of ceramics at the Children's Art School “Vozrozhdenie” in Korolyov city (1990-2007).

Since 1988 Irina Shchetinina is the member of the Artists Union of Russia, since 1983 constant participant of exhibitions.

Works by the artist are in the collections of Egorievsk History and Art Museum, All-Russian Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Art, Gzhel Museum, State Museum of Ceramics of the Museum-Estate “Kuskovo”.

Creativity of Irina Shchetinina is lyrical and optimistic. Works of the master are very bright, expressive and highly professional. She has fine sense of material. Among a wide variety of ceramic techniques the artist uses the traditional work on a pottery wheel.

Our exhibition presents more than 70 works of the master. Decorative compositions, panels, layers, plates show love of tha artist to surrounding world and its beauty. She shared her thoughts and feelings, and invites the spectator to think about essential one.

Exhibition will run till January 14, 2018.







Exhibition of Works by the Sculptor Raisa Lysenina



Exhibition period: October 27 – November 26, 2017

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


October 27, 2015 the Arts and Crafts Department of the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo” opened the exhibition of works by sculptor Raisa Lysenina “The Way to Yourself”.

Born on November 19, 1955 in Ryazan, she graduated from the department of art stone processing of the Abramtsevo Artistic and Industrial School (today College) named after Viktor Vasnetsov (1975).

With thanks and deep appreciation Raisa Lysenina devotes this exhibition to her teachers of the Abramtsevo Artistic and Industrial School.

Several years after the Abramtsevo Artistic and Industrial School the artist graduated from the faculty of monumental and decorative sculpture of the Leningrad Higher Industrial and Art School named after Vera Mukhina (1987).

Raisa Lysenina lives in her hometown Ryazan, works in the sphere of the easel and monumental-decorative sculpture. As the artist of a wide range of creative abilities and talents, she embodies her ideas in stone and bronze, ceramics, glass and wood.

The sculptor is a constant participant of international and Russian art exhibitions (since 1987), the participant of international, All-Russian and regional sculptural symposiums on stone (since 1991).

Since 2012 one is the most picturesque places of Khotkovo is decorated by the sculptural composition “St. Piotr and Fevroniya”, made by Larisa Lysenina during the stone symposium “Khotkovo Seasons – 2012”. It has become an enjoyable tradition for newly-married couples to come to this sculpture.

Moreover, Raisa Lysenina is the participant of international and All-Russian Ice and Snow Sculpture Festivals (since 1990). She is the founder and President of a non-profit organization “Creative Heritage”, which is engaged in the preservation of heritage of the passed away artists from Ryazan (since 2004).

Exposition presents monumental sculpture, small plastic arts and sculptural compositions.






Exhibition “Elizaveta Mamontova. The 170th Anniversary from the Date of the Birth”



Exhibition period: September 22, 2017 – November 6, 2017

Location: Polenov's Dacha


September 22, 2017 the Museum-Reserve “Abramtsevo” opened a new exhibition about the owner of the Abramtsevo Estate, the wife of Savva Mamontov Elizaveta Grigorievna Mamontova. She played a great role in the history of Artistic union, known as Abramtsevo Artistic Circle. She created a special atmosphere in the Estate – active and at the same time cozy.

Elizaveta Mamontova was born on September 1 (13), 1847 in the family of famous textile manufacturers the Sapozhnikovs. From the childhood she was serious, calm, showed great abilities in Mathematics, Literature, but most of all she was involved with Music, and at one time she took music lessons from a concert pianist Clara Schumann.

During the trip along Italy she met Savva Mamontov and in April, 1865 they got married. Elizaveta Mamontova belonged to Russian women who had been brought up in novels by Ivan Turgenev that is women who can make their own independent choice.

Elizaveta Mamontova was actively engaged in charity. She established a hospital, a joinery school for children at Abramtsevo. “An attempt to combine reading and writing and artistic development of population” by Valentin Serov was first implemented in a small Abramtsevo school. Later it was restructured into an artistic enterprise known as Abramtsevo joinery, and Elena Polenova became its first director.

Elizaveta Mamontova paid a great deal of attention to creation of home museum, building of church, participation in home performances. She did not imagine her life without art, books, the sustainable development and self-improvement. By the end of the 60s when the first women’s classes began in Moscow, Elizaveta Mamontova attended a specialized training course on Mathematics; having 5 children she visited the lectures of Vasiliy Klyuchevsky, Ivan Sechenov, and studied history of antique art.

This exhibition presents portraits of Elizaveta Mamontova, her children and their educators, documents, books, household items and personal belongings, “home museum” materials and products of Abramtsevo joinery workshop.






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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