Vladimir Mayakovsky is one of the brightest and most distinctive figures in Russian and Soviet literature. His poems inspire, provoke and never leave you indifferent.
Learn about the places in Moscow associated with the poet's name.
Monument on Triumfalnaya Square
The monument on Triumfalnaya Square is far from the largest monument in the Russian capital, but it never fails to catch the eye of passers-by. The creator of the sculpture seems to have caught the most characteristic feature of the poet and his work, and so leaves the viewer in no doubt that this figure is Mayakovsky. He stands, his body half-turned, looking in front of him with confidence, and it seems that as though his famous lines of verse are about to roar over the square.
The monument by sculptor Alexander Kibalnikov and architect Dmitry Chechulin was unveiled in Moscow on 28 July 1958. Now Triumphalnaya, the square then bore the poet's name— Mayakovskaya. The official ceremony was followed by recitation at the monument for the first time, setting up the tradition of Mayakovsky readings. Later, many famous poets and young talents performed at "Mayak’s".
Mayakovskaya Metro Station
The Mayakovskaya Station of the Zamoskvoretskaya Line was opened on 11 September 1938 as part of the second stage of the Moscow Metro. The original project, designed by the architect Samuil Kravets back in the first half of the 1930s, had to be significantly changed due to difficult geological conditions. Alexey Dushkin worked on the final project. As a result, the Mayakovskaya Station became the world's first deep column station, with the hall based on steel columns. It immediately attracted public attention: the project was awarded Grand Prize at the 1939 New York World's Fair.
The station's architecture is very distinctive: graceful arches and oval niches with lamps and mosaic panels based on sketches by the artist Alexander Deineka. All these elements create a feeling of solidity alongside lightness, thereby echoing Mayakovsky's poetry, which is just as powerful and also ethereal. The poet's bust created by the sculptor Alexander Kibalnikov, the creator of the monument on Triumfalnaya Square, is installed at the station.
The Izvestia Newspaper Building
Vladimir Mayakovsky collaborated with many periodicals, but his path to the Izvestia newspaper was not easy. The fact is that Yuri Steklov, the editor-in-chief, did not like the poet's poems and did not want to publish them. The first time when a work of Mayakovsky — the poem "Conference-crazy" — appeared in the newspaper, it was published almost illegally, while Steklov was away, on 5 March 1922. There was a small scandal in the editorial office, but Vladimir Lenin noticed and praised the poetry. After that, Mayakovsky regularly had works published in Izvestia and even received an editor's certificate. In total, the newspaper featured about 50 publications by the poet, including poems, essays and advertisements. Sometimes, Mayakovsky went to the editorial office just to talk to journalists.
The Izvestia Building was erected on Pushkin Square, which was then called Strastnaya, in 1925-1927 with the participation of the famous design engineer Artur Loleit. The constructivist building is a bright point on the architectural map of the central part of Moscow.
Vladimir Mayakovsky's House
This is where the poet lived from 1926 to 1930. Osip and Lilya Brik also moved here. Apartment No. 5 immediately became an important centre of the cultural and literary life of Moscow. Here one could meet Boris Pasternak, Sergei Eisenstein, Vsevolod Meyerhold. Mayakovsky's house was visited by Diego Rivera, Theodore Dreiser and many other prominent people of that time. It became the headquarters of the creative association "LEF" — "The Left Front of the Arts", which was led by Mayakovsky.
After the poet's death, a memorial museum was opened in this house, and Gendrikov Lane was renamed Mayakovsky Lane. The house museum existed for several decades and was very popular among the city residents. In 1974, the museum was moved to Serov Passage (now Lubyansky Passage).
The Mosselprom Building
The building in Kalashny Lane was called the first Soviet skyscraper. This structure is an important monument of constructivist architecture of the early 20th century. It was erected according to the design of Nikolai Strukov in a very short time, which resulted in a fault and the collapse of one of the walls. In 1923-1925, two more floors were added as storage and offices for Mosselprom (the Moscow Rural Cooperative Administration).
To decorate the building in the corporate style, Mosselprom consulted the creative association "LEF", whose members were poets and avant-garde artists. Alexander Rodchenko worked on the design, and Vladimir Mayakovsky created the advertising texts. The poet wrote the catchiest slogan "Nowhere except in Mosselprom!" and composed many other advertising couplets for Mosselprom.
The Vladimir Mayakovsky Museum
Communal flat No. 12 in building No. 3 in Lubyansky Passage (until 1994, Serov Passage) became Mayakovsky's first own accomodation in Moscow: before that, the poet lived in the hotels of Moscow and Petersburg (Petrograd) for several years. Mayakovsky spent 11 years in this flat. Here he worked on many of his projects, including "ROSTA Windows satire".
Since 1974, the building in Lubyanka has been home to the Mayakovsky State Museum, which boasts a large collection of the poet's personal documents, photographs, books, and artwork by Mayakovsky and his contemporaries. Currently, the main building of the Museum is undergoing major repairs. It is planned to reopen for the 130th anniversary of the poet's birth, in 2023.
The Mayakovsky Theatre
The house on the corner of Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street and Maly Kislovsky Lane has a long theatrical history. In the early 19th century, it was rented as the offices of the Moscow branch of the Theatrical Directorate, and later hosted a theatre founded by the German Georg Paradise (Paradise Theatre, German Theatre). In the early 20th century, the theatre was renamed Internationale, then the Revolution Theatre, the Moscow Drama Theatre, and in 1954 it was named after Vladimir Mayakovsky.
The red-brick building in the pseudo-Russian style, which is occupied by the theatre to this day, was designed in the late 1880s by the architect Konstantin Tersky with the participation of young Fyodor Schechtel. At various times, the directors of the theatre on Bolshaya Nikitskaya were Vsevolod Meyerhold, Nikolai Okhlopkov and Andrei Goncharov. The modern repertoire of the Mayakovsky Theatre includes performances based on classical works and the plays of contemporary playwrights.
New interesting places
An exhibition and education space dedicated to the history, present and future of the Cyrillic alphabet
The story of a particular prisoner or their relatives
A huge exhibition space dedicated to the Russian history of space exploration
The urban plans the narrow Moscow streets had to be turned into huge prospects
Where Moscow's Famous Merchants Lived
Main Department Store of Moscow One of Moscow's premier emporia
The Moscow museum dedicated to the evolution theory
The history of a fragment of the historical centre of Moscow
The story of one of the painter's most famous works
The avant-garde artist who could do anything
A journey through worlds created by classical and contemporary art,cinema and Russian folklore
How a swamp turned into a prestigious street
A sculpture by Monika Sosnowska
The history of the world famous painting
A unique kaleidoscope of architectural styles
Moscow is a city of hundreds theatres
The 40,000 names
How does it fly? How does it work, and what is it used for?
Chaliapin House Museum
Russian wooden architecture
A tour through a unique diorama complex created by battle painters from Mitrofan Grekov's studio
History of Russian Impressionism
The most significant battles of the Great Patriotic War as depicted by various battle painters
The Grand Kremlin and Talyzins' Estate
Moscow's quiet nook where history and fairy tale intertwine with modernity
The exhibition is curated by twenty celebrities in the most different areas.
An online tour through one of the most beautiful and cozy public gardens in Moscow
One of the oldest zoos in Europe
A gallery of the world famous artist Ilya Glazunov
Beautiful Architectural Ensembles, Sculptural Compositions and Picturesque Parks
More than 50 of the most recognizable works of the author
History of One of the Most Beautiful Moscow Metro Stations
Landscapes by Claude Lorrain
The tour will also discuss famous guests who have visited the house and Bakhrushin's love for ballet
The History of the Chambers of the Old English Court
Unique online walks around the Palace
Moscow is a city of romance and love
The story of the life of the writer Ilya Ilf in Moscow
An online tour through the museum galleries displaying the history and culture of ancient civilizations
The unique excursion to the Mayor's Office in Moscow
Stories of love in inhuman conditions
The theatrical traditions of Eastern countries
A general biology exposition located in a former estate
Tour 'Renaissance Man: Portrait Sculpture of the 15th Century'
The ceremony of the contemporary drama awards «Culmination»
To meet characters from Bulgakov's novels, all one has to do is to walk along the streets of Moscow
Things to do at VDNH on a summer day
The largest palace and park ensemble in Moscow
Choice of the Russian Society of Friends of the Salzburg Festival
The models and copies of his monuments
"World's Leading City Destination"
Stories of Vladimir Vysotsky's Moscow
Moscow Monuments to Space Travel and Space Pioneers
The legendary Krasny Oktyabr
Moscow's Space-exploration Sites
The imaginary border of the 16th century
Popular child's play of the Soviet era
The biography and creative path of this great 20th century poet
The most mysterious countries of the East
An excursion from the Moscow Planetarium
Interesting story one of Moscow streets
Art and culture Around Vagankovsky Hill
Selection of the Russian Society of Friends of the Salzburg Festival
Centuries-old culture, traditions, religious concepts
One of the world's largest museums dedicated to science and engineering
The oldest of its kind in Moscow
The project focused on the people behind the rich history of the 20th-century
The multiple works performed by Zurab Tsereteli in various techniques
The museum in the house with a mezzanine, a 19th century historical and architectural monument
The open-air tour around the collection of more than 400 military vehicles
Alexander Ostrovsky referred to himself as a native of Moscow
The world's most advanced (in terms of technical equipment) educational and entertaining astronomy centre
Madonna's character in various works of the Proto-Renaissance era
The Uvarov sarcophagus, named after its owner Count Sergey Semionovich Uvarov
The important masterpiece of Soviet avant-garde architecture
What is a funfair? It is a celebration, a carnival, fireworks of colours and emotions
150 years of family history
You can walk along Moscow streets without leaving your home
The Great Moscow Circus: Tsarevna-Nesmeyana performance
The tour tells the story of the New Manege building
90 Years of the Moscow Planetarium
From the Center to Outskirts of Moscow
Learn about the literary history of the Moscow metro
Shchepkin and Gogol. Two Geniuses
'Open Storage' at the Polytechnic Museum
The biggest awards in the tourism industry will be announced on 27 November
The largest public library in Russia and one of the largest libraries in the world
The History of the Main Russian Fortress
Outstanding monument of the Soviet avant-garde
History of the Middle Yauza River area during the 17th–20th centuries
The Great Moscow Circus: SyStem performance
The superiority of the spiritual over the corporeal depicted
The Architectural Styles of The City
Discover the Moscow of Joseph Brodsky
The opposition of the two famous Renaissance sculptors
History of the Moscow region from the Stone Age to Peter the Great
Unique museum located at a depth of 7 metres
The exhibition of Soviet and Russian artist Tatiana Nazarenko's works
From expats to squatters
History of the phenomenon of ballet 'Swan Lake'
Stories of Soviet Moscow. Vysotki
The only state specialised museum of ancient Russian culture
History of Moscow Boulevard
From Boyars to Oligarchs
The quest based on the names of the 7 most famous dogs of the Great Patriotic War
The first and only state memorial Bulgakov museum in Russia
From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance
Russian applied and folk art of the 17th – 21st centuries
History of the ballet dancer