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Vasnetsov House Museum

Vasnetsov House Museum

278_image3_sThere is a truly remarkable museum in a quiet side street near the Garden RingRussian: Sadovoye koltso or Садовое кольцо in Moscow. This museum is Viktor Vasnetsov’s house (1848-1926), a legendary painter who pioneered the Neo-Russian art stylea movement within Russian architecture that arose in second quarter of the 19th century. The museum is an exemplary Russian “teremthe upper story of a home or castle, often with a pitched roof”: it has window surrounds with relief images in the shape of a kokoshnika semicircular or keel-like exterior decorative element, tall peaked spires, a barrel-shaped roof, an ancient gate, and a wooden wicket door. The building is considered one of the attractions of Moscow. The tiled frieze on its façade and the ceramic tiles on the stoves are the originals. The museum itself displays a unique collection of 24,000 exhibits, including a collection of works titled, ‘Poem of Seven Fairy TalesRussian: Poema semi skazok or Поэма семи сказок’.

VICTOR VASNETSOV AND THE HISTORY OF THE MEMORIAL HOUSE

Viktor Vasnetsov’s work is a reflection of the unity of seemingly opposite themes: it merges fairy tales with contemporary topical issues. This was a direct response to the social environment at the time, which at the beginning of the 20th century, was extremely patriotic.

281_image6_sDuring his life, Viktor Vasnetsov created a number of paintings which became national symbols: ‘The Bogatyrsstock characters in medieval East Slavic legends, akin to a Western European knight-errants’, ‘Alyonushka’, ‘Three Tsarevnasthe daughter of a Tsar of the Underwater Kingdom’, ‘Ivan Tsarevichone of the main heroes of Russian folklore Riding a Grey Wolf’, ‘After the Battle of Igor Sviatoslavich the main character of epic poem "The Tale of Igor's Campaign"with PolovtsyCumans’ and ‘The Flying Carpet’. Most of these were purchased by Pavel Tretyakov and are now exhibited in the Tretyakov GalleryRussian: Tretyakovskaya galereya or Третьяковская галерея.

Viktor Vasnetsov’s final works were created in Soviet Russia during the Civil Warconflict in which the Red Army successfully defended the newly formed Bolshevik government led by Vladimir Lenin. Towards the end of his life, his creative work was so significant that the Soviet government “forgave” him his commitment to the monarchy and the pursuit of Orthodox canons, and allocated him a pension.

Victor Vasnetsov built a house to his own architectural design using his own funds. He had to ask for the permission of the Moscow governor to do so, because using wood for construction in the capital was restricted for fire safety reasons. He then lived and worked in this house for 30 years.

The museum was established in 1953 and became part of the Tretyakov Gallery in 1986.  Some household and interior design items typical of the 19th and early 20th centuries have been preserved in the museum. Many of these were made to Viktor Vasnetsov’s designs, along with the house itself. A visit to this museum will give you both a chance to find yourself in a Russian house dating back to the 19th century and to see the world through the eyes of a brilliant Russian artist.

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282_image7_sThe museum collection comprises over 24,000 exhibits including paintings, household items, arts and crafts, post cards, and photos. The original interior of the house is still in good condition. On display are the bedroom, the dining room, the private rooms of the family members, the workshop, and the drawing room. The furniture for the drawing room and the dining room was elaborately made according to Viktor Vasnetsov’s drawings in the Abramtsevoan estate located north of Moscow that became a center for the artistic activity in the 19th century and Stroganova family of highly successful Russian merchants, industrialists, landowners, and statesmen carpenter’s and chiseler’s workshops as well as by his brother Apollinary M. Vasnetsov in Vyatkaformer name of the city of Kirov.

On the second floor, Viktor Vasnetsov built a spacious wooden studio which is full of natural light. The paintings of the ‘Poem of Seven Fairy Tales’ cycle are displayed in this room, including: ‘The Unsmiling Tsarevna’, ‘The Frog Tsarevna’, ‘The Flying Carpet’, ‘Baba-Yagaa supernatural being who appears as a deformed and ferocious-looking woman’, ‘The Sleeping Tsarevna’, ‘Sivka-Burkathe wonderful horse in the Russian folk legend’, and ‘Koshchei the Deathlessa figure from Slavic folklore known for his inability to die’. There are some other fairy-tale inspired paintings on display here, too: ‘Ivan Tsarevich Fighting the Three-Headed Sea Serpent’ and ‘Dobrynya Nikitichone of the most popular bogatyrs from the Rus' folklore Fighting Dragon Gorynycha three-headed Slavic dragon’. It was in this workshop that Viktor Vasnetsov created his most famous paintings: ‘Tsar Ivan Vasilievich the Terribleruled from 1533 to 1584’ and ‘Bogatyrs’.

WorkshopThe museum exhibition also features sketches and author’s copies of the artist’s works. You can see the famous painting, ‘Ivan Tsarevich Riding the Grey Wolf’, sketches for theatrical performances, architectural plans of buildings, family icons, and a portrait gallery of the artist’s family, the centrepiece of which is his wife Alexandra’s portrait. Among other numerous exhibits are objects which the artist used, including chairs and tables, paint brushes, palettes and drawing easels, and household items dating back to the 19th century. Pieces of art created by Victor Vasnetsov’s friends are also on prominently displayed. Among these, there are works by Mikhail VrubelRussian painter of the Symbolist movement and of Art Nouveau, which visitors to the museum are often drawn to.

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Location

Between Garden Ring and Third Ring Road

Nearest Metro Station

Sukharevskaya

Address

13 Vasnetsova Lane, Moscow

Website

http://www.tretyakovgallery.ru/ru/museum/branch/dmvasnecov/

Museum Opening Hours / Ticket Office Opening Hours

We: 10 am - 5 pm (ticket office till 4 pm)
Th*: 10 am - 5 pm (ticket office till 4 pm)
Fr: 10 am - 5 pm (ticket office till 4 pm)
Sa: 10 am - 5 pm (ticket office till 4 pm)
Su: 10 am - 5 pm (ticket office till 4 pm)

*Except last Thursday of the month

Days off

Monday, Tuesday, last Thursday of each month

Ticket Price

From 200 to 500 rubles depending on visitor's category and programme of visits.
Photo and video are paid additionally.

Visiting Rules

Standard.

Additional Information

Excursion service is provided by prior arrangement.

Gallery

Works by Mikhail Vrubel
Viktor Vasnetsov House Museum
Viktor Vasnetsov House Museum
Viktor Vasnetsov. Prince Ivan's Battle with the Three-Headed Serpent
Viktor Vasnetsov. Dobrynya Nikitich's Battle with the Seven-Headed Zmey Gorynych
Viktor Vasnetsov. Baba Yaga
Viktor Vasnetsov. Alyonushka
Viktor Vasnetsov. Ivan the Terrible
Viktor Vasnetsov. The Frog Princess
Viktor Vasnetsov. The Princess Who Never Smiled
Viktor Vasnetsov. Three Princesses of the Underworld
Viktor Vasnetsov. Bogatyrs
Viktor Vasnetsov. Sleeping Princess
Sivka-Burka
Viktor Vasnetsov. After Prince Igor's Battle with the Polovtsy
Viktor Vasnetsov. Kashchey the Immortal
Viktor Vasnetsov. Ivan Tsarevich Riding the Grey Wolf
Dining room
Inside the manor
Viktor Vasnetsov House Museum
Sideboard
Workshop
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Featured reviews

Visitor rating:   5.0

October 2016
This fabulous terem palace is a memorial estate! What beautiful interiors and fabulous furniture! There are many pictures of Vasnetsov! I recommend it - everything is impressive and exciting. The capital has few places like that!

August 2016
Beautiful museum. There is an interesting exposition, but there are no tours. While so much can be told. It's a nice place for both adults and children.

August 2016
This place is full of ambiance! By some miracle, this fabulous terem palace wasn't squeezed by a big city. It is impressive that the house and almost all the furniture are made according to the sketches of Vasnetsov himself. I feel like looking at every detail. I was very impressed with his studio on the 2nd floor, and with the size of the paintings. I swooned with delight seeing the original painting "Sivka-Burka", which was in my children's book.

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