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Khvalinsk Museums
December 21, 2015 02:48


Kuzma Sergeevich Petrov-Vodkin is perhaps the most famous native of Khvalynsk. It is not surprising that there is a real cult of the author of “Bathing the Red Horse” in this town, and the name of Petrov-Vodkin was given to the Khvalynsk artistic and memorial museum.

This name combines two museums: the memorial house of the artist and the town art gallery. The house-museum and the gallery are located on the same Lenina Street, but in different places and buildings. The first building is a wooden house on a stone foundation built in the late XIX century, with windows on all sides of the world, with a view of the Volga River and a small garden.

Petrov-Vodkin bought it for his parents in 1905, when he received the first serious money, and they have lived there for forty years. Kuzma Sergeevich himself came here to work every year in summer, and the large room with an arch served as his workshop. The museum was opened at the end of XX century, in 1995, but some genuine things that belonged to the family have survived until that time and are presented on display. The main interior, of course, is recreated, such as the working room with the small interior garden. The museum has the originals of the early works of Petrov-Vodkin.

The picture gallery occupies another house which is also related to Petrov-Vodkin. This is a red-brick house in Art Nouveau style which belonged to the family of Radishchevs well-known in Khvalynsk. (Another museum - the National History Museum – appeared in the town thanks to Radishchevs.) After the revolution it housed a school, then a library, and in 1960 the house was transferred to the art gallery. The paintings of Lev Radishchev are presented in the gallery. The main part of the exhibition, of course, is presented by the pictures of Petrov-Vodkin. The gallery contains a collection of works of the Khvalynsk artists close to Petrov-Vodkin - Zinovy Sukontsev, Illarion Elatontsev, Vasily Orekhov, Guriy Platonov. More famous authors of the Soviet era are also shown: Favorsky, Lentulov, Udaltsov, Pimenov, Redko, Vereysky, Kukryniksy. One of the most impressive paintings is “Stikhiya” (“The Element”) by Aivazovsky painted in 1898. Another important part of the collection is made up by icons, including those that belonged to the Old Believers.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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