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“No Impressionist Art”

Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
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Private Pushkin Arts Museum Half Day Tour in Moscow
Ranked #21 of 2,391 things to do in Moscow
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (Russian: Музеи изобразительных искусств им. А.С. Пушкина) is the largest museum of European art in Moscow, located in Volkhonka street, just opposite the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The International musical festival Svyatoslav Richter's December nights has been held in the Pushkin museum since 1981. The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts holds one of Russia's largest collections of foreign art from ancient times to the present day. Its modern presentation introduces visitors to the Museum's extensive study collections of toned plaster casts reproducing works of Graeco-Roman art, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The Museum also houses original paintings and sculpture, drawings and examples of decorative and applied art. In the halls on the ground floor original works of art are displayed from Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and Rome, together with European paintings ranging in date from the 8th to the 8th centuries. Two halls, known as the Italian and Greek Courtyards, contain casts. The halls on the first floor display for visitors casts of art works from Ancient Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The halls, hung with paintings, exhibit works of art from the 19th and 20th centuries. Known for its outstanding temporary exhibitions, this museum also has an impressive permanent collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art.
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“No Impressionist Art”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

Waited in line outside for about an hour to get in. The collection of art was fabulous, but unfortunately we went primarily for the Impressionist paintings which were listed in our guidebooks but we never found. We tried to inquire the staff but none who we encountered spoke English and we did not speak Russian. We found an English directory which did not list any 19th century Impressionist areas.

Visited November 2012
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“Poor arrangement, good exhibition”
Reviewed November 26, 2012

Before getting inside, we had to wait in the queue for 40 minutes in the street. When we got inside we were very cold and went straight to the coffee-shop to have a cup of tea. The cafe appeared to be a tiny bit of room, scarcely enough for 10 people, it was crowded and there were no vacant seats there.
Exhibition is good, but most statues are replicas. We liked the paintings mostly.

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“Good but let down by copies”
Reviewed November 24, 2012 via mobile

I don't understand why so many of the exhibits are copies. So much space was devoted to plaster casts of masterpieces held elsewhere.

There were so many fine works of art on display and I'm sure many more in storage.

Unless I'm missing something I think they should ditch the copies and go with the real thing.

The museum does appear to be under renovation at the moment which was distracting but I assume will pass quickly.

As seems to be fairly standard in Moscow there was a lack of non-Russian descriptions (apart from one or two lines in English). But don't let that stop you enjoying the real works on display.

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Reviewed November 22, 2012

Nice place especially for the collection of impressionists (one of the largest in the World) but Museum is a mess and there are too many copies of statues.

Visited December 2011
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Vevey, Switzerland
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“must visit for an art lover in Moscow”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

Indeed a place to go for an art connoisseur or lover - a very impressive permanent collection, from ancient sculpture copies to post impressionism, and most remarkable temporary exhibitions, the most memorable to me having been Dior costume, Picasso, and Le Corbusier of course. Decent entry price, but when it comes to coffee and snack, look for something across the road. No choice of memorable souvenirs either.

Visited October 2012
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