Peep Into The Museum Depository

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Did you ever want to know what is stored in a museum despite the exhibitions we can see? Welcome to the back rooms of the “Moscow Contemporary Art Museum”.

“Moscow Contemporary Art Museum”.
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That’s how the museum welcomes a visitor.

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Access control is quite strict.

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View from the windows is already enough for one to visit the museum.

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In this room Napoleon Bonaparte used to spend his nights during invasion of Moscow.

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The depository volume 4 times exceeds the volume of the exhibits.

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Those displays that need to be treated more carefully get wrapped.

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All the exhibits get photographed by a woman who may be called “electronic archivist”.

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Only three people work in the restoration shop.

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The process of bringing a painting back to life.

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First the painting gets covered with paper and then gets ironed.

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Womens’ hands work miracles – the woman hold a cured painting in her hands.

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The most difficult thing is to choose the paper of the right color. The rest is defined by the skill of a restorer.

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More complicated case. But it was also treated skillfully.

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After being glued and wet it has to lie under the pressure a bit.

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Restorer’s set.

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This is by no means rubbish, but a precious restorer’s material.

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No jokes here – up-to-date ventilation system is an imoprtant component during museum “rescue operations”.

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That is how the paintings are stored.

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Each is described.

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One of the interesting displays.

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There is even a real drawing school for kids in the museum.

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Such young people practically run the museum.

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One can, of course, buy some souvenirs here.

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Recent museum exhibition poster. “Kamasutra spoon.”

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Location: Moscow

via sergeydolya

3 thoughts on “Peep Into The Museum Depository”

  1. Very Nice, but I want to see more pictures of art they have in the storage like mummys and shrunken heads, things like that. Okay I’m kidding, kinda. Great Photos, Thanks for sharing them Mr. Dolya and EngishRussia.

  2. Cool. I love museums and galleries of all types. Sergey Dolya puts some interesting stuff on his journal. I wish he had an English translation. Even more so, I wish I could read more than a few words of Russian.


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