Like the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, the State Russian Museum contains one of the finest collections of Russian art in the world.
Both museums provide outstanding coverage of the entire history of Russian art. However, while the Tretyakov knows no peers for its collection of icons,
the Russian Museum's international supremacy is based on its extensive collection of late 19th and early 20th century Russian works.
One of the best characteristics of the State Russian Museum is that it is organized in a clear chronological progression, thus providing a very good picture of the major
developments in the history of Russian art. Of particular interest are the ground floor, which covers the nineteenth century, and the Benois wing,
which contains the museum's unparalleled collection of twentieth century works. Although most of the avant-garde works of the Benois wing were held
in storage after the official embrace of Soviet realism in the thirties, they have slowly been emerging in recent years.
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