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.
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.
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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.
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.
The theatrical traditions of Eastern countries
Alexander Ostrovsky referred to himself as a native of Moscow
History of the Moscow region from the Stone Age to Peter the Great
Moscow's quiet nook where history and fairy tale intertwine with modernity
The most mysterious countries of the East
An exhibition and education space dedicated to the history, present and future of the Cyrillic alphabet
How does it fly? How does it work, and what is it used for?
The open-air tour around the collection of more than 400 military vehicles
The multiple works performed by Zurab Tsereteli in various techniques
A journey through worlds created by classical and contemporary art,cinema and Russian folklore
'Open Storage' at the Polytechnic Museum
The project focused on the people behind the rich history of the 20th-century
The exhibition is curated by twenty celebrities in the most different areas.
The story of a particular prisoner or their relatives
A general biology exposition located in a former estate
The superiority of the spiritual over the corporeal depicted
A tour through a unique diorama complex created by battle painters from Mitrofan Grekov's studio
The story of the life of the writer Ilya Ilf in Moscow
The Moscow museum dedicated to the evolution theory
An online tour through the museum galleries displaying the history and culture of ancient civilizations
The oldest of its kind in Moscow
The story of one of the painter's most famous works
Tour 'Renaissance Man: Portrait Sculpture of the 15th Century'
The only state specialised museum of ancient Russian culture
150 years of family history
Unique online walks around the Palace
History of the Middle Yauza River area during the 17th–20th centuries
The museum in the house with a mezzanine, a 19th century historical and architectural monument
Chaliapin House Museum
Unique museum located at a depth of 7 metres
One of the world's largest museums dedicated to science and engineering
Madonna's character in various works of the Proto-Renaissance era
An excursion from the Moscow Planetarium
Stories of love in inhuman conditions
The exhibition of Soviet and Russian artist Tatiana Nazarenko's works
Stories of Soviet Moscow. Vysotki
The 40,000 names
From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance
The Uvarov sarcophagus, named after its owner Count Sergey Semionovich Uvarov
What is a funfair? It is a celebration, a carnival, fireworks of colours and emotions
The world's most advanced (in terms of technical equipment) educational and entertaining astronomy centre
90 Years of the Moscow Planetarium
The history of a fragment of the historical centre of Moscow
The biography and creative path of this great 20th century poet
History of Russian Impressionism
The first and only state memorial Bulgakov museum in Russia
Popular child's play of the Soviet era
The avant-garde artist who could do anything
More than 50 of the most recognizable works of the author
The opposition of the two famous Renaissance sculptors
The Grand Kremlin and Talyzins' Estate
Landscapes by Claude Lorrain
The tour tells the story of the New Manege building
The models and copies of his monuments
The tour will also discuss famous guests who have visited the house and Bakhrushin's love for ballet
The quest based on the names of the 7 most famous dogs of the Great Patriotic War
A gallery of the world famous artist Ilya Glazunov
A sculpture by Monika Sosnowska
History of the ballet dancer
The history of the world famous painting
Russian wooden architecture
Russian applied and folk art of the 17th – 21st centuries
A huge exhibition space dedicated to the Russian history of space exploration
Centuries-old culture, traditions, religious concepts
The History of the Chambers of the Old English Court
The most significant battles of the Great Patriotic War as depicted by various battle painters