Central A.A. Bakhrushin Museum House The Theatre Museum was founded in 1894 by the merchant, philanthropist, and art collector Alexey Bakhrushin. Its unique collection houses over 1,5 million items and depicts the history of Russian theatre from its origin to the modern-day. The museum's exhibition halls serve as a venue for workshops, round tables, conferences, lectures, and meetings with prominent members of the theatre community.
Tour 'The Life and Art of Mikhail Shchepkin. Birth of a Free Man'
Mikhail Shchepkin was a key figure in the history of Russian art performance, a great actor, theatrical innovator, and Russian citizen. He was a liberated man, an intellectual reflecting on the fate of his country and the part of a theatre and actor in educating younger generations. Due to the innovations of Shchepkin, Maly Theatre turned into an educational and political venue. The actor managed to set his family free from serfdom, having himself become the head of a theatre in Moscow. He was the author of multiple contemporary reincarnations of some works by the writers of the Golden Era of Russian literature, including Pushkin, Griboyedov, Gogol, Turgenev, etc. The tour is led by Natalya Pivovarova, a curator of Shchepkin's Museum House with an art history PhD.
The excursion on Moscow in the life and writings of A Ostrovsky
Alexander Ostrovsky referred to himself as a native of Moscow. He was born in Moscow, on Golikovskiy Pereulok, he spent his childhood and youth in Monetchiki and on Zhitnaya Street. Moscow for Ostrovsky also included Nikolovorobinskiy Pereulok, Volkhonka where he lived the last ten years of his life. It was Moscow that the important events in Alexander Ostrovsky's life and creative work were linked to in one way or another. The online tour is led by senior researcher Polina Sokolinskaya.
A tour of the Main House exhibition: Masterpieces of the Theatre Collection
During the tour, participants will discover how architect Karl Gippius built the "Versailles in Zatsepa Street," as contemporaries at the time called the museum, and learn about Bakhrushin's passion for the art of theatre. The tour will also discuss famous guests who have visited the house and Bakhrushin's love for ballet. Participants will have the opportunity to see ballet shoes signed by prominent dancers Mathilde Kschessinska and Anna Pavlova, as well as portraits by artists Vasiliy Tropinin, Karl Bryullov, Orest Kiprensky, Saveliy Sorin and others, featuring a number of actors and actresses, including Vasiliy Karatygin, Nymphodora Semenova, Ekaterina Semenova, and Tamara Karsavina. The online tour is led by the head of the Regional Development Department, Alexander Rubtsov.
The Ulanova Exhibition Tour
The exhibition portrays Galina Ulanova not only as a ballet dancer and teacher, but also as a beautiful and elegant woman from the Soviet elite, who was known for her exquisite taste. For the first time, Ulanova's jewellery, clothes, bags, and shoes from renowned fashion brands will be on display for participants of the tour. The primary aim of the tour is to spark an interest in the personality of this brilliant ballerina and offer participants the opportunity to discover the secret of her extraordinary character and the genius of her art. The online tour is led by Vera Pulgun, a researcher from the Ulanova Museum House.
Shchepkin and Gogol. Two Geniuses
Shchepkin and Gogol had a lifelong friendship. It is no exaggeration to say that the great Shchepkin was "Gogol's actor". At the same time, there were striking differences between the two. Gogol was an argumentative mystic, quick to take offence, while Shchepkin was an optimistic and cheerful family man. His house was a true sanctuary that was open for anyone in need, even if all they needed was food and shelter. However, these two artistic personalities were united by the deep conviction that a person cannot be changed by sudden paradigm shifts. Rather, all people should constantly be pursuing the path of moral self-perfection. They believed that humans are free beings. However, to them, freedom was not a free-for-all, but instead a responsibility for every step and action, for oneself, one's family, and one's country.
Shchepkin. Adulthood. Every Facet of Talent
When Shchepkin came to Moscow, he quickly surrounded himself with a wide social circle, including noble clerics, writers, and intellectuals. Shchepkin was a good listener who showed respect for every voice and every opinion. He was more than an actor; he was a public leader. For example, in 1853 he was sent to London to talk to Gertsen, dreaming of a revolution in Russia.
Shchepkin. The Life behind the Scenes
Shchepkin's loving relationship with his large family always had a special place in his life. His wife was the educated and intellectual daughter of noble family. Nevertheless, the young lady loved Shchepkin so deeply that, despite the fact that he was a serf, she chose to marry him and become a serf herself. She was Shchepkin's best friend and supported him in all of his endeavours by keeping home and taking care of their seven children.
The Life and Art of Galina Ulanova
During the tour, participants will discover Ulanova's collection of artistic works and gifts from friends and admirers. The gem of the collection is a porcelain swan figure gifted to Ulanova by a family member in 1929. It was presented to the 19-year-old dance school graduate after her debut as Odette in Swan Lake. This figure was the first piece in Ulanova's collection. Participants of the online tour will also view sculptures by Elena Yanson-Manizer, whose works manage to portray the distinctive features of Ulanova's characters in Giselle, Swan Lake, the Fountain of Bakhchisarai, and Romeo and Juliet. The online tour is led by the head of the Ulanova Museum House, Oksana Karnovich.