D.A. Nalbandyan Museum-Studio was created by Moscow Government on the basis of the collection the artist gave to the city as a gift in the end 1992.
Dmitriy Nadbadyan moved to this apartment on Gorky (Tverskaya) Street 8/2 in 1956. The windows of this second building faced Mossoviet building and Sovetskaya (Tverskaya) square with a monument to Yuriy Dolgoruki, a founder of the city, which was opened in 1954.
Demyan Bedny, Ilya Ehrenburg, Mikhail Romm used to live in this house. In 1958 a book store No. 100 of Moscow Book House was opened here. The top floors of the house were assigned to the artists: Kukryniksy, Nikolay Zhukov, Fedor Konstantinov Vladimir Minayev, Dmitry Nalbandyan…
Today the collection of the workshop museum, which is a structural subdivision of MEA Manege, is more than 1500 of the artist’s works: paintings, sketches, pictures, photos and personal belongings.
Dmitriy Nalbandyan was born in 1906 in Tiflis. He graduated from Georgian Art Academy where he was taught by Eugeniy Lansere and Egishe Tatevosyan and in 1931 he moved to Moscow. He worked as a caracaturist in The Crocodile, cartoonist in Mosfilm and poster-artist in The Izogiz. In 1934 the event that predetermined the artist’s fate occurred. He met Sergo Ordzhonikidze in Kremlin. Ordzhonikidze was a friend of his father, Arkadiy Nalbadyan, killed by menshiviks in Georgia. Ordzhonikidze introduces him with Sergei Kirov and introduces Nalbndyan to the party’s elite circle. Soon Nalbandyan writes his first big painting “S.M. Kiriov’s Speech at XVII Convention of VKP(b)”. The painting was exhibited in the State Art Museum, published in The Pravda and The Izvestiya and distributed in copies….
Later Nalbandyan became a member of Moscow Union of Soviet Artists and the member of Academy of Arts, he received Stalin award for Stalin’s portrait and Lenin’s award for Lenin images. For the Soviet audience, Nabaldyan was the ‘first painter’ of Politbureau (Communist party elite), a classic of socialist realism, chronicles portrait painter, the author of imaginary and staged paintings: “Vladimir Mayakovsky in Georgia (Bagdani) in 1927”, “V.I. Lenin and A.M. Gorky among Fishermen on Capri Island. 1908”, Vernatoon”(powerful group), group portrait of outstanding representatives of Armenian culture, which are known to the audience through their copies in The Ogonyok magazine.
Nalbandyan’s landscape and still-life paintings are not so known although they speak for the artist as of ‘Korovin’s style impressionist’ able to express any mood by quick and easy brush touch. Nalbandyan as a graphic artist is even less known. His pictures – a whole gallery of top faces of policy and art: Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Chernenko… Saryan, Roerich, Van Cliburn, Katayev, Leonov…- just with a small obvious exclusion, were drawn from nature and today they are remarkable time chronicles.
In the beginning 1990ies Nalbandyan signed over a part of his collection to the city provided that they will not leave his workshop. Today D.A. Nalbandyan Museum-Studio recreates the environment of life and work of this Soviet artist as it once was.
Ul. Tverskaya, 8, k. 2, apartment 31 Moscow 125009 Metro station: Chekhosvkaya, Pushkinskaya, Tverskaya
Tuesday – Saturday 12:00–18:00 Monday, Sunday is a day off