Museum Closed by Stalin Reborn Online

After weeks of bickering between the Hermitage and the Pushkin Museum, the Russian government has decided to reopen the State Museum of New Western Art online.

The museum was formed in 1923 by the merger of two of the largest and most forward thinking collections of art in Russia, amassed by collectors C.I Shukin and I.A. Morozov. Under Stalin, western trends and influences on Soviet culture were no longer tolerated. The museum, called a, “breeding ground of servility to decadent bourgeois culture,” was liquidated. The Pushkin Museum and the Hermitage inherited the collection.

Link to article at Blouin Artinfo:



Author: Barry O'Keefe

Artist/printmaker from Richmond, Va

2 thoughts on “Museum Closed by Stalin Reborn Online”

  1. Thanks for your comment. The Wikipedia article was referenced for historical details on the museum’s formation, including the quote about “decadent bourgeois culture.” Since Wikipedia is constantly being updated, as the story about the New Museum of Western Art has developed, the final section of the Wikipedia article continues to be altered. At the time this blog post was written (May 22) the information was still up to date. It no longer is. Again, thanks for reading!

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