Ilya Glazunov Gallery

Ilya Glazunov (1930-2017) is the Soviet and Russian artist. He was born in Leningrad and was the only of his family who can survive after the siege of Leningrad futon the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945.

His early works, landscapes, and portraits are made in academic touch, and they are sentimental and lyrical.  During the time, the works had been becoming more dramatic and expressive. Critical opinions on his last works expressed accusation Glazunov of kitsch.

Besides the paintings, Glazunov realized as a scenic painter, illustrator to the Russian literature, and architect.

Ilya Glazunov was a social activist. In 1970th, he argued against the General Plan for the Reconstruction of the city Moscow, that Plan was poised to destroy the most historic architecture in the center of the city. I. Glazunov took part in the foundation of the non-commercial organization All-Russian Society for the Preservation of Historical and Cultural Monuments.

At the initiative of Ilya Glazunov in Moscow was opened the Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture.

In 1997 to the 850th Anniversary of Moscow, Ilya Glazunov donated the collection of his works to the city. The Government of Moscow allocated it to the building in the center of Moscow, on Volkhonka Street. The house was built in 1812 and belonged to the different upper-class families. After the October Revolution, the building was separated into the flats and used as a shared living block. Later here was the public Center for Science and Technology. And finally, in 1997, the building was reconstructed for the I. Glazunov Gallery. The artist himself made the project of the interiors and exterior.

Moscow City Day celebration

The Gallery shows the works made at different times, different art techniques, and genres. The series “The City” started in studentship is dedicated to life in the modern city and human in it. The series of portraits present the Soviet and foreign politic leaders, public persons, writers, people of art. The illustrations to the pieces of Russian literature such as F.Dostoevsky, N.Leskov,  A.Blok have a special place in the Gallery. The works of Ilya Glazunov as an architect are displayed in pictures of the interiors of the Grand Kremlin Palace, the Russian embassy in Spain, and others.

Open hours and price

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday-Sunday from 11 to 19 (ticket office from 11.00 to 18.15)
Thursday from 11 to 21 (ticket office from 11.00 to 20.15)

Day off Monday

Ticket price 150 rubles

How to get to the Ilya Glazunov Gallery

Moscow, Volkhonka Ulitsa, 13

In the Russian language – Москва, улица Волхонка, 13

Metro stations:

  • “Kropotkinskaya” (“Кропоткинская”), line 1 (red line) – 0.15 km walking
  • “Borovitskaya” (“Боровицкая”), line 9 (grey) – 0.6 km walking.


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We recommend visiting nearby

Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts – 0.25 km walking

Shchusev State Museum of Architecture – 0.9 km walking

Central Exhibition Hall “Manege” – 1.1km walking

Moscow Archeology Museum – 1.5 km walking

The Tretyakov Gallery – 1.7 m walking

The Bolshoi Theatre – 1.8 km walking



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