The Pushkin Museum is classed as one of the world’s best fine art museums and must be on your itinerary if art history or modern art is your passion. This is one of Russia’s most extensive collections of foreign art dating from ancient times to the present day.
The museum has most recently, in 1937, been named after the famous Russian Poet Aleksandr Pushkin on the 100th anniversary of his death, although it has no direct association with him. It was in fact founded by Ivan Tsevetaev, a Moscow University Professor, who campaigned to give Moscow the fine arts museum it much needed. The building itself was completed in 1912 after over 10 years of construction work.
Moscow’s extensive museum complexThe museum complex is spread over several buildings with paintings, ancient artifacts, sculptures and applied art. The main building contains Ancient Greek, Egyptian and Roman artifacts, as has courtyards full of many plaster casts from these eras. You can even find part of the Acropolis here. In a separate building, 19th and 20th century European and American Art is exhibited. This is a fairly new addition opening in 2006 and is a favorite with visitors. Proudly represented here are works of French impressionists, post-impressionists and European masters of the 20th century. Works include that of Monet, Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Picasso.
There are a number of events held at the museum throughout the year. The most unique is the international musical festival known as Svyatoslav Richter's December Nights. The Pushkin Museum has hosted this annual event since 1981. Audiences gain a unique insight into the museum and a chance to enjoy classical musical performances on a world-class scale.