Even most of the locals do not know about this spot. In the city with the Hermitage and the Russian Museum, other small museums are just “options for rainy weather – if we pass them during the walk and it’s raining cats and dogs”.
St. Pete’s Artist, however, has many painting gems you’d never see in larger museums. It is dedicated to realism and the Leningrad school of painting (second half of the 20th century).
Another point of interest of mine is that there are some works shown that were painted during the Soviet times when all you could show publicly were pictures of revolution and jolly communist days – yet painters worked on other pieces at their studios. Here you can look at those pieces in their full glory.
Half of the museum is dedicated to the permanent exposition and the other half is changing so you can drop by to see the new exposition from time to time even if you’ve already been here. It’s quite cozy inside, too, so I like to come and wander around. One senior lady told me she comes here because inside it feels like there’s no 21st century outside and she likes this ambiance.
Some festivals, concerts, workshops are held here, check out the VK fan page for the updates.
– ask for the stories about the painters!
– buy some issues of the full-colored magazine they print themselves.