Institute of Russian Realist Art

Institute of Russian Realist Art

560_1_sOpened in 2011 in Moscow’s historical area of ZamoskvorechyeRussian: Замоскворечье, the Institute of Russian Realist ArtRussian: Institut russkogo realisticheskogo iskusstva or Институт русского реалистического искусства (IRRA) is a private museum reviving the tradition of art patronage in Russia. It boasts one of the largest collections of 20th-century Russian realist art and displays almost 500 Russian and Soviet visual artworks spread across three floors, occupying a total area of over 4,500 square metres. One of the collection’s earliest exhibits is an etude created by Vasily Polenova Russian landscape painter associated with the Peredvizhniki movement of realist artists in the late 19th century.

The IRRA museum was founded by businessman Alexei Ananyev. It all started with his private art collection, which had grown so much in 10 years that he decided to open a public museum. The museum mainly aims to show that the realist tradition based on classical painting continues to exist in 20th-century Russian art.

Museum collection

Интерьер ИРРИ_1It’s a good idea to start your visit on the third floor, which displays the paintings of the first half of the 20th century. Visitors can track the trends that developed in Russian painting in those challenging times, including Peredvizhnichestvoa movement in Russian realistic art, Symbolism and Impressionism. Works by A. Plastov, S. Gerasimov, A. Deyneki, Y. Pimenov and G. Nissky, among others, are on display here. A new artistic style – Social Realisma style of realistic art that was developed in the Soviet Union – came into fashion after the establishment of Soviet power. Paintings by Isaak Brodsky, Gavriil Gorelov and other artists often show political leaders bringing joy and exultation to the people. Another hall is dedicated to the OSTRussian: ОСТ art group (‘The Stankovist Artists SocietyRussian: Obschestvo khudozhnikov-stankovistov or Общество художников-станковистов’), featuring paintings by I. Grabar, who was not only a painter, but also a restorer, art expert and author of the first edition of the History of Russian Art.

The second floor presents Soviet paintings of the second half of the 20th century. The difficult postwar period, Stalin’s death and other upheavals replaced the people’s blind faith in a better future. Critical views of what was happening and mixed attitudes toward the present came to the fore in art at that time. Both older and more recent works by many painters who gained fame at that time (Dmitry Zhilinsky, Geli Korzhev, Viktor Popkov and Takhir Salakhov) are on display here.

Московская школа - Николай СоломинThe first floor is devoted to works by present-day painters, with a focus on those by Moscow artists V. Kalinin, A. Sukhovetsky and V. Telin and by Leningradthe former name of Saint Petersburg artists A. Mylnikov, E. Moiseyenko, B. Ugarov and V. Zagonek. Artists belonging to the Vladimira city located on the Klyazma River, 200 kilometers to the east of Moscow school of painting are grouped separately and are particularly expressive in terms of their artistic language. Art genres, such as photorealism and hyperrealism, and various artistic styles from across Russia and Belarus are on display, too.

Art and more

.Not only the Institute’s collection, but also the space within which it is housed will be of interest to visitors, with regular special exhibitions, themed discussions, workshops and activities for adults and kids alike. The museum itself was constructed in the second half of the 19th century to accommodate a cotton-printing mill. In 2005, 14 annexes underwent complete restoration to house a business quarter. The Institute of Russian Realist Art occupied the building, which featured an impressive chimney and an ornately shaped cast-iron staircase (former boiler station) in 2011. Its inner premises are equipped with parking and a garden area with a fountain.

A stone’s throw from the museum are some of Moscow’s landmarks, including the Bakhrushin Moscow Theatre Museum, Novospassky MonasteryRussian: Novospasskiy muzhskoy monastyr or Новоспасский мужской монастырь (15th c.), Sergei Yesenin Moscow State MuseumRussian: Moskovskiy gosudarstvennyi muzey S.A. Esenina or Московский государственный музей С.А. ЕсенинаMuseum of V. A. Tropinin and Moscow Artist of the TimeRussian: muzey V.A. Tropinina i moskovskikh khudozhnikov ego vremeni or музей В.А. Тропинина и московских художников его времени and Vysotsky’s House on Taganka StreetRussian: dom Vysotskogo na Taganke or дом Высоцкого на Таганке. If you are fond of walking, you will get to the Tretyakov Art GalleryRussian: Tretiakovskaya galereya or Третьяковская галерея in no time, and you are most welcome to join a boat tour around central Moscow from the Novospassky Most QuayRussian: prichal «Novospasskiy most» or причал «Новоспасский мост».

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Between Garden Ring and Third Ring Road

Nearest Metro Station

Paveletskaya, Proletarskaya, Krestyanskaya Zastava


Business District Novospassky, bldg. 31, 7 Derbenevskaya Embankment, Moscow


Museum Opening Hours / Ticket Office Opening Hours

Tu: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. (ticket office till 7.30 p.m.)
We: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. (ticket office till 7.30 p.m.)
Th: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. (ticket office till 7.30 p.m.)
Fr: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. (ticket office till 7.30 p.m.)
Sa: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. (ticket office till 7.30 p.m.)
Su: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. (ticket office till 7.30 p.m.)

Days off


Ticket Price

From 50 to 150 rubles depending on visitor's category and programme of visits.
First Tuesday and last Saturday of each month visits are free of charge.
Photo and video are included in the ticket price.

Visiting Rules


Additional Information

Adjusted for disabled people.
The museum organizes master classes.
There are guided tours in Russian and in English.


Nikolay Solomin. Moscow School of Art. Exhibition
Vladimir Yanaki and Yegor Zaytsev. Moscow School of Art. Exhibition
Works by Mikhail Izotov and Kim Britov
Institute of Russian Realist Art. Staircase
Semyon Rotnitsky. Leningrad School of Art. Exhibition
Pyotr Korostelev. Leningrad School of Art. Exhibition
Isaak Brodsky
Inside the Institute of Russian Realist Art
Inside the Institute of Russian Realist Art
Igor Grabar
Institute of Russian Realist Art
Works by Yuri Pimenov
Works by Tair Salakhov
Works by Sergey and Aleksey Tkachyov
Works by Dmitry Zhilinsky
Works by Geliy Korzhev
Works by Viktor Popkov
Works by Viktor Kalinin
Works by Viktor Ivanov
Works by Boris Nemensky
Works by Arkady Plastov
Works by Alexander Petrov
Works by Alexander Petrov
Evsey Moiseenko
Dmitry Zhilinsky
Works by Georgy Nissky
Works by Gavriil Gorelov
Georgy Nissky
Geliy Korzhev
Institute of Russian Realist Art. Second floor
Works by Vasily Svarog, Alexander Deyneko and Yuri Pimenov
Vasily Polenov
Viktor Popkov
Institute of Russian Realist Art. Buffet
Aleksey Ananyev
Exhibition of paintings by Alexander Laktionov and Fyodor Reshetnikov
Alexey Sukhovetsky
Arkady Plastov
Exhibition on the second floor
Works by Semyon Chuykov
Sergey Gerasimov
Works by Mikhail Abakumov
Works by Nikolay Romadin
Art Gallery
Children's master class
Maxim Konchalovsky. Still Life with Apples
Works by Alexander Deyneko
Russia in Transit. By Air, by Train, by Car. Exhibition
Yakov Romas. On Floatboards. 1949
Vitaly Vlasov-Klimov. April. 1986-1995. Oil on canvas
Soviet Art. Soviet Sport Exhibition
Entrance to the Institute
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Featured reviews

Visitor rating:   4.5

December 2016
What an excellent collection, a great museum! Works of the best Soviet painters are carefully selected. The equipment of the museum is unique, ranging from the stylish restored building of the former factory to the layout, the interior design and the lighting of the exposition with all the latest technologies. The museum takes care of visitors and organizes tours for the youngest, for adolescents and adults.

September 2016
At first, when I got into the Institute of Russian Realistic Art I estimated the architectural treatment. Large brick pipe, forged stairs, brick. At the entrance, I was pleased with a gift shop, I bought a mug and some postcards in it. Then I got acquainted with the exposition itself. On several floors there are works of artists mainly in a realist style. Not all the pictures made a deep impression, but many of them.

March 2016
In the halls, there aren't any custodian with austere look. It's a checkroom (very convenient) next to the cloakroom. A spacious elevator moves between floors those who don't want to climb the elegant metal staircase. On the museum's website, there is information about the paintings and artists. It makes no sense to retell. In the halls, there are very interesting works that make you delay, think and see some details. Other pictures leave cold. In general, the gallery leaves a very good impression. The collection of paintings differs and completes what we've seen in other museums.

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