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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Art Walk

Art TourUntil October, Muscovites can enjoy streets lined with art rather than ads.
The Pushkin Museum is exhibiting copies of its most famous paintings out on Moscow's streets. Fifty-one works of art, including works from such artists as Monet, Rembrandt and Van Gogh, are hanging all over central Moscow, notably to the north and west of the Kremlin, until October 18.

Project organizers aim to attract visitors to the museum to see the originals while making art accessible to any Moscow passerby. A similar program ran in London last summer, when the National Gallery displayed 30 paintings in the same manner.

In Moscow, Degas' "Blue Dancers" is hanging outside of the Diesel clothing store on Tverskaya Ulitsa in a heavy golden frame, while Gauguin's Haitian peasants are "Picking Fruit" next to faceless white mannequins in the nearby shop window. Every displayed artwork has a description beside it. To find out more information, viewers can send a text message with the painting's code number.

The web site dedicated to the project features an interactive map that shows addresses for each painting. It is also possible to download thematic audio tours on a mobile phone and walk around various neighborhoods on your lunch break. Audio tours last from 40 minutes to 1 1/2 hours, according to the web site.

Featured art ranges from Italian Renaissance to early Soviet advertisement graphics by Rodchenko.


Masterpieces on the streets of Moscow,