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    Will appear in Moscow street Kuindzhi and Bilibin20 December 2016Will appear in Moscow street Kuindzhi and Bilibin

    This will happen in 2017

    There are support floating bridge in the Park "Zaryadye"20 December 2016There are support floating bridge in the Park "Zaryadye"

    The bridge will connect the Park and the promenade will be a unique viewing platform.

    In honor of the composer Balakirev19 December 2016In honor of the composer Balakirev

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    The All-Russian Museum Union “State Tretyakov Gallery” dated from the end of 1851 when family of Tretyakov bought the house in Lavrushinsky Pereulok and in 1856 Pavel Mikhaylovich purchased the first works of painting which marked the beginning of famous collection. In 1892 he donated this collection to Moscow: Tretyakov Gallery became the first public museum of Russia. Today it is a big museum complex. Exposition of the Russian art of XI – beginning of XX centuries is located in historical building. In Old Russian section it is possible to see the works of both anonymous and famous icon painters of XII-XVII centuries (including works of Theophanes the Greek, Andrei Rublev and Dionisius). In the halls of XVIII - first half of XIX centuries the works of paintings of famous Russian artists F. S. Rokotov, D. G. Levitsky, V. L. Borovikovsky, K. P. Bryullov and A. A. Ivanov are exhibited … Russian realistic art of the second half of XIX century is presented exhaustively and variably: paintings of I. Н. Kramskoi, I. E. Repin, V. I. Surikov, I. I. Shishkin, V. M. Vasnetsov, I. I. Levitan and many other artists. In a bright collection of works at the turn of XIX-ХХ centuries are the works of M. A. Vrubel and V. A. Serov, masters of artistic associations “World of Art”, “Union of Russian Artists” and “Blue Rose”. “Treasury” is a special part of the exposition where precious metal and precious stone artworks produced in XII – beginning of XX centuries are exhibited. Special section of the gallery is devoted to drawings display.




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    Pedestrian Zone near Tretyakov Gallery

    In 2013, an area around the Tretyakov Gallery will become a pedestrian zone and will include Pyatnitskaya Street, Klimentovsky Lane, Ordynsky Cul-de-sac, Lavrushinksky Lane, Kadashevskaya and Bolotnaya Embankment.

    It's best to start your walk from metro station “Novokuznetskaya”. Walking along Pyatnitskaya Street, you will come to the old Klimentovsky Lane, connecting Bolshaya Tatarskaya Street with Bolshaya Ordynka. Here it is impossible not to notice the excellent example of XVIII century architecture, the Church of the Holy Martyr Clement, Pope of Rome (1762—1774). The part of Klimentsky Lane from Pyatnitskaya to Ordynka has long since been a pedestrian area. Its northern side forms a small shopping area with shops and cafes.

    Crossing Bolshaya Ordynka, don't forget to have a look at Ordynsky Cul-de-sac, which is located on route between Bolshaya Ordynka and Lavrushinsky Lane. From the right-hand side the cul-de-sac is flanked by the fencing of the Joy of All Who Sorrow Church. In 2000, the square at the end of the cul-de-sac was demolished, where a bust of writer I. S. Shmelev was installed. From 2006, the area has been a pedestrian zone.

    One of the main sites in this pedestrian zone is located on Lavrushinsky Lane – the State Tretyakov Gallery. The famous museum occupies the even side of the lane, which was named in the XVIII century after homeowner Lavrushina.

    Exiting onto Kadasheskaya Embankment, you will cross the Vodootvodny Channel by Luzhkov Bridge and find yourself on Bolotnaya Embankment. Nearby, on Bolotnaya Square, a sculpture composition by M. M. Shemyakin has been installed as well as a monument to great Russian artist I. E. Repin. You may continue your walk further, leaving the pedestrian area and visiting “Red October”, where, in addition to cafes and restaurants, the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography can be found. 

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    Moscow’s Most Extraordinary Museums and Monuments: Love and Art

    Our initial acquaintance with new and lesser-known monuments of Moscow begins at the Novokuznetskaya metro station. Not so long ago, in April of 2008, a new feature was added here: a fountain with the sculpture of Adam and Eve. Its name dictates the theme: two figures, a male and a female one, a serpent, a tree, and an apple; however, you shall be the judge of whether the valiant attempt to create a miniature Garden of Eden complete with fountain, little square and several ben­ches in the middle of Moscow succeeded or failed. The authors of this sculpture are a mother and a daughter, Marina and Maria Lewinsky. 

    The next point of our route is another unusual fountain located in a square not far away from Tretyakov Gallery. Most frequently, it is called the Fountain of Arts, because of several heavy frames with wrought-iron pictures inside them. Remarkably, its authors are closely related: they are a father and a son, Alexander and Philip Rukavishnikov. 

    Next, you will be going by the Tretyakov Gallery, which, by the way, becomes, from time to time, a focal point of some unusual exhibitions as well, for instance, of peace peddlers or of Easter eggs painted by well-known contemporary artists. Lavrushinsky side street will lead you to the Vodootvodny canal where you will meet several wed­ding processions, guaranteed. 

    Oh, those wedding processions! Oh, those kinds of happy nonsense the newlyweds create to guarantee themsel­ves to live happily ever after! Oh, those traditions and superstitions! In the last century, it was considered “good form” to inconspicuously carry the bride over the bridge, and in the current one, to put a lock with both names of the newlyweds on the railing and toss the key into the river. Moscow is, without doubt, full of bridges, but the newlyweds overpowered them all. Each and every one of those bridges became adorned with locks of all colors and sizes, from tiny to really giant ones. City representatives were putting up a good fight against this craze, but to no avail. Finally, a compromise was somehow achieved: the pedestrian Luzhkov bridge across the Vodootvodny canal was destined to become the Bridge of Love. A special metal tree was erected there, with its metal lock-leaves growing very fast. Presently, a whole forest of those trees has grown; granted, they are not exceedingly pleasing from the aesthetical point of view, but at least it saves the other bridges. 

    However, in case the lock would not suc­ceed in preventing an occasional lover’s tiff, a special reconciliation bench is also provided on this bridge. It is shaped like a bowl; so, even if two people would intend to sit as far from each other as possible, gravity would pull them to the middle, and you must agree that it would be simply impossible to escape the mutual forgiveness!

    The love topic is logically succeeded by the children’s topic. Crossing the bridge, you will arrive at the Bolotnaya plaza where the sculpture “Children are Victims of Adult Vices” by M.M. Shemy­akin is located.

    In his work, the artist calls upon the grown-ups to feel their responsibility for the fate of children, to move away from abstract philosophy about the impor­tance of caring for children, and to fight against specific vices which may harm them. The author names those vices, underscoring their ugly nature while preserving their outward human form, stressing the fact that all these vices are carried by people. 

    Remarkably, among all vices, the artist underscores not just the ones which are definitely crimes, but, for instance, in­difference and ignorance. The focal point of the composition consists of a boy and a girl engrossed in play, with the future of those kids depending on whether their family and society as a whole shall succeed in protecting them.

    Next, you would have to go across the Bolshoy Moskvoretskiy bridge (do not forget to enjoy viewing the magnifi­cent Kremlin panorama from there), walk along the Moskvoretskaja em­bankment, and arrive at the Kitaigo­rodskiy side street. Another unique monument is located here, namely, a piece of 6 the Kitaigorodskaya city wall, a well-preserved part of an ancient defense structure. Lastly, you shall walk to the crossing of several streets, turn onto the Solyansky drive which shall lead you to a crossing. To your left will lay the Bolshoy Spaso­golenishevsky side street. There you shall find something many people may have spent their entire life chasing after: the bird of luck. The idea behind the sculpture by I.A. Burganov is trans­parent to everyone; it is a hand letting a turtledove fly. The monument is located across the Moscow Choral Synagogue which explains a symbolic Wailing Wall being put up there. By the way, Moscow has yet another bird of luck; it lives in Tainitsky Garden of the Kremlin.

    The next point is very close, too, in the backyard of the house belonging to the Moscow artist alliance, Starosadsky side street, house 5. Here, you will discover several very different sculptures and compositions. If you love riddles, this is just the place for you.