Educational work

Ivan Tsvetaev, the founder of the Museum, wanted it to become a center for art education open to the general public, and he planned educational work from the very start. The selection of casts, notable for its unique completeness and sophisticated exposition, can be considered an encyclopedia of classical art.

From the Museum's very first years, its educational initiatives were democratic and addressed to the broadest audience. This was especially important after the revolution, when most of its visitors were workers, Red Army soldiers, and students of all ages.

The main methods of interaction between the Museum and its audience were established in the 1920s: public guided tours and itinerant lectures where imaging materials were used. Famous scientists and Museum experts gave lectures and guided tours, including Viktor Lazarev, Vsevolod Avdiev, Vladimir Blavatsky, and Anatoly Bakushinsky; “chief lecturers” Alexander Zhivago, Anna Zamyatina, Nina Loseva, and others. In the 1920s lectures and guided tours were mainly dedicated to history and culture; some of the topics were “Artifacts of Ancient Egypt,” “Types of athletes in Greek sculpture,” etc.

Since the 1930s, after the picture gallery was opened and many new original items were added to the collections, a method of art popularization was developed in the Museum, where art study played the leading role. Series of in-depth guided tours in the Museum halls were introduced. A guidance council was founded in the 1930s. Its members were renowned scholars: Viktor Lazarev, Vsevolod Avdiev, Vsevolod Pavlov, and Alexey Sidorov, who headed the scientific and educational work of the Museum. The first public lectures on architecture and works of the most famous masters of world and Soviet art were held during the same time period. Major Soviet architects took part in this initiative, including Ivan Zholtovsky, Alexey Shchusev, and Ivan Fomin, as well as famous art historians Mikhail Alpatov, Viktor Lazarev, Anatoly Bakushinsky, and others. Lectures continued throughout the war: during the autumn and winter of 1941-1942 19 lectures on world art history took place in the House of Scholars. Lectures were also presented in hospitals.

Between the mid-1950s and the 1960s, the system of art popularization by means of art itself was finally established. Many of its formats were invented in the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. Cycles of guided tours — not only historical, but also theoretical — became popular. For example, the tour “Conversations about Painting” acquainted guests with the main aesthetic categories of art and various opportunities given by the artistic language.

A permanent public lecture hall, where lectures are still currently given, opened its doors in 1954. Museum scholars have given series of lectures in many cities and towns of Siberia, Central Asia, the Far East, Ukraine, and the Baltic countries, in partnership with the All-Union Community “Knowledge.” Many itinerant lectures were given in lecture halls of Moscow and the Moscow region, including schools, colleges, and cultural centers.

Since the foundation of the Museum lecture hall, dozens of lecture courses have been presented there, and hundreds of unique lectures on various topics related to the history of world art have been given. The lecturers are not only researchers of the Department of Popularization and other Museum departments, but also visiting experts, both Russian and foreign scholars.

Clubs for children of all age groups have been in existence in the Museum for more than 50 years. Educational work with children started in the 1920s and have become especially relevant in recent decades. A special department — the Mouseion Children's Educational Center — was established. It was opened in a separate building on January 17, 2006. It has comfortable, specially equipped rooms for clubs, as well as a classroom with computers and a library with books dedicated to art studies for students and teachers. Children can participate in painting, drawing, and ceramic workshops. Students can perform on an actual stage in a well-equipped hall, arrange musical concerts in a chamber salon, and relax in a cozy art café.

Mouseion often exhibits children's drawings and professional artists' works. It also invites visitors to drama performances and concerts of children's and professional ensembles, as well as provides opportunities to meet artists. The Center's oldest clubs are the fine arts studio for young children, clubs for art lovers and young art historians, and the “Family Groups” and “Conversations about Art” clubs for young children.

The provision of informational material (explications and labels) for the main exposition and temporary exhibitions plays an important role in the educational work of the Museum.

The Museum regularly issues catalogues of temporary exhibitions and guides to halls of the permanent exposition in all its publications, as well as special publications for children and teachers from the series “Helping Schools,” which are dedicated to specific halls and exposition sections.


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