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History

The Museum is Now Open

The Museum of Russian Icon is the first in Moscow and the second in Russia private collection of the works of the Old Russian art that is fully open to public. The Museum first opened its doors in May 2006 and at that time it occupied a hall in the Vereyskaya Plaza business center. Four years later the considerably increased collection was moved to a specially redesigned premises in Goncharnaya street in downtown Moscow.

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The Collection

At the present day the Museum of Russian Icon is one of the largest private collections with more than 4000 museum pieces. Gathered within only five years its collection conforms to the standards that are applied to the state depositories. The museum collection is unique in terms of the large number of exhibits, their high artistic value, and the wide chronological scope of the presented works.

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The Collector

The founder of the Museum of Russian Icon, Mikhail Yuryevitch Abramov, started on collecting icons only a short time ago – in the early 2000’s. Displaying the acquired works of icon painting to public was the original intent. The collector was motivated by respect and love to the icon as a beautiful work of art, as well as by the desire to take part in the preservation of the cultural heritage of the nation.

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