Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
The Pushkin is Moscow’s equivalent to St Petersburg’s Hermitage and it would take literally days to see everything if you could. It has acquired an excellent collection of Impressionist works, as well as a notable series of Post-Impressionist and Modernist paintings, including pieces by Picasso, Matisse and Cézanne.
Since the Soviet collapse, the Pushkin has slowly been confessing to what it actually has, for example, in 1993 it admitted to holding the gold of Troy which was discovered by the German Heinrich Schliemann in the 19th century. Then in 1995 it announced that it also had a collection of over 50 works by artists such as Goya, Degas, Renoir and Tintoretto that had been thought lost for 50 years (actually ‘liberated’ from the Nazis in 1945).
Works by the Russian-born Marc Chagall and Vasily Kandinsky, which had been locked away for ideological reasons, are also now showing. The gallery is well worth a visit and who knows what they’ll discover next? Look out particularly for Renoir’s Nude, Botticelli’s Annunciation and Matisse’s Goldfish.