Museum-reserve of V.D. Polenov
State Memorial history, art and natural museum-reserve was founded October
15, 1892 by Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov (1844-1927) — academician of painting,
the first national artist of Russia, and it is the first national museum in
the Russian village. Its territory includes authentic house-museum (the "Big
House"), the artist's studio "Abbey", out-buildings, Trinity
Church in the Bekhovo village, built in the late XIX - early XX centuries by
Polenov project, grave of V.D. Polenov and manor park, the garden, the surrounding
homestead forests, grasslands, farmlands. To date, the territory of the museum-reserve
is relatively little variation plot the natural and historical-cultural environment.
The basis of the exhibition — a personal collection of V.D. Polenov and his
family, which was remarkable in that each member had its own remarkable abilities,
talents, and the name entered the history of Russia.
The collection has retained the full memorial and personal belongings including
V.D. Polenovs': for example, a collection of the memorial photographs, a collection
of decorative arts and furniture, part of which is made from the artist's sketches,
unique antiques — numismatic and archaeological collection, a collection of
weapons and the family library, a collection of ancient Greek and ancient Egyptian
art, which are included in the global Memorials of the world.
One of the rooms in the museum — Dining Room — fully framed by the artist as
a small museum of applied art and folk art. Most of the items collected by V.D.
Polenov and his wife Natalia and her sister Elena Dmitrievna, but a lot of works
in the exhibition are the owner's and his friends. From May 15 to September
15 at the museum are held master classes of arts and crafts. It is a process
that involves a performer, his purpose and the material itself. Watching the
daily work of the national master-painter gives the viewer food for thought,
and an unforgettable aesthetic experience, as well as brings him closer to the
creative process of the artist and introduces the world of traditional culture,
arouses interest in folk art and provides basic skills of making things with