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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: St Petersburg by DK Publishing

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Russian Museum

While the Hermitage is home to art collected from all over the world, the Russian Museum is an exclusively Russian affair, its exhibits ranging from priceless 12th-century icons to the avant-garde paintings of Kandinsky and Malevich. Opened to the public for the first time in 1898, the museum was nationalised after the 1917 Revolution and its collection swelled by works confiscated from palaces and churches. From the 1930s until Gorbachev’s restructuring (for further details see 1991 Coup), however, it exhibited mainly Socialist Realism art. The museum is housed in the 19th-century Mikhaylovskiy Palace, one of the finest Neo-Classical ...

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