Sergei T. Konenkov Studio-Museum
17 Tverskaya str.
The origin of the Sergei T. Konenkov (1874-1971) studio-museum dates back to 1974 when the museum was opened in honor of the eminent Russian sculptor’s centenary. He lived here from 1947 until his death.
The museum’s collection today numbers over 5000 items and comprises the sculptor’s studio and memorial living rooms and a drawing room on the second floor. In the lobby stands a well-known Konenkov’s sculpted self-portrait (1954).
The main exposition is displayed in the master’s studio and contains such remarkable works as a marble portrait of Buch (1910), portrait of Paganini (1908, gypsum) and Samson (1907, marble).
The largest part of the museum’s collection is dedicated to Konenkov’s sculpture of the last period, when he was creating a portrait gallery of his noted contemporaries including distinguished sculptured images of I. Pavlov, A. Einstein, Sergei Rakhmaninov, Maxim Gorki, Fyodor Dostoevski and others.
In the late 1920s, Konenkov turned to religious and biblical topics expressed in his Gospel series: “Prophet” (1928, gypsum); “John” (1928, terracotta); Jacob (1928, terracotta); images of Christ executed in wood and gypsum. The museum permanent exhibition also shows his unfinished statues of Leo Tolstoy, Galina Ulanova, Antonina Nezhdanova, Michael Prishvin that are good examples of the sculptor’s searches for perfection.
Of big interest are the sculptor’s graphic works. The centerpieces are cosmogonies “Apocalypse” and “Samson”.
Konenkov’s rich library attests to his philosophical and theological quests. It contains the Bible published in various languages, theological works by English and American scientists, books on astronomy, a big collection of Russian classical literature, as well as numerous photographs by noted photographers of the 1960s -1970s .