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Primorsky state art gallery


Primorsky Krai
Aleutian str., 12
Phones: +7 (423) 241-06-10
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See rare paintings by Russian and foreign artists, including masterpieces that used to be represented in the largest museums in Russia; watch a performance and listen to a concert by local artists.


Today the gallery's collection includes more than 8,000 works of painting, drawing, sculpture, Russian (XVI–XX centuries), European (XIV–XX centuries), Soviet and modern art.

Russian art of the XVI – early XX centuries is represented in the permanent exhibition with samples of Russian iconography, authentic works of famous masters of Russian painting, including representatives of artistic trends of the turn of the XIX–XX centuries.

The gallery has collections: "Western European art", " Seaside art. Painting", "Russian graphics", "Russian painting" and "Russian sculpture".

The real masterpiece of the Museum is the magnificent statue "Cleopatra", created at the end of the XIX century by Mikhail Popov. It exists in a single copy, and experts are divided on their opinions about the history of its creation. The Museum staff will clear up this intrigue for visitors.


Primorsky state art gallery is the pearl of the Russian Far East. This is the only Museum in Primorye that has a rare collection of works of Russian and Western European art. The history of the gallery dates back to the 1930s, when the most valuable exhibits were transferred to Vladivostok from the museums of Moscow and Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg).

An important role in the creation of the Museum was played by Alexander Polovinkin - the Director of the branch of the Geographical society, Professor of geography, who headed the Vladivostok state regional Museum in those years. He was a great expert and connoisseur of painting and it was on his initiative that the art Department appeared in the local Museum.

In may 1930, the Soviet authorities decided to allocate collections from the funds of the country's Central museums for the Vladivostok state regional Museum. The state Tretyakov gallery especially generously shared its wealth, sending paintings by Tropinin, Shishkin, Levitan, Chagall, etc. to Vladivostok. The State Russian Museum sent old Russian icons, paintings by Repin and Feshin. And the State Hermitage Museum and the Museum of fine arts (now the Museum named after Pushkin A. S.) transferred to Vladivostok paintings and graphics by Italian, French, German, Dutch, and Flemish masters of the XIV-early XX centuries.

The active development of the Vladivostok Museum and the huge value of the paintings transferred to it quickly raised the question of transforming its art Department into an independent structural unit relevant. This was wanted by both the townspeople and local art students, who needed constant and free communication with the works of the classics of painting, as well as the opportunity to copy their works.

As a result, in 1966, the Primorsky art gallery opened in Vladivostok – a separate independent Museum.

Interesting Facts

Employees of the Primorsky state art gallery conduct excursions, quests, lectures and creative meetings for visitors. In addition, there are performances and theater productions, concerts and events dedicated to Russian painting.

The gallery annually organizes exhibitions of domestic and foreign artists.

The Museum pays great attention to visitors with disabilities. There are guided tours for the deaf and hard of hearing, as well as for blind and visually impaired guests. All exhibition halls of the Primorsky art gallery are open to visitors with a guide dog. Russian art of the XVI-early XX century exhibition includes a tactile painting "Russian girl" by Nikolai Kharlamov, which is accompanied by an abstract in Braille.

The gallery also offers guided tours, interactive events, and master classes for visitors with features of mental perception.

And on the Museum's website, blind people can listen to an audio tour of the collection of miniature sculptures "Netsuke. Private collection" with a description of the exhibits' appearance, as well as a detailed audio description of two paintings - "Riches of the North" by Kirill Shebeko and "Letter" by Arkady Plastov.