Some of the reviews below seem to be confusing this Tretyakov gallery with the other one that's on Lavrushinsky Lane closer to the Kremlin. This one has only 20th century art, the other one has the icons and 19th century Russian paintings. The colllection of 20th century Russian art here is great, including Russian constructivists, which is my favorite part: there are some resconstructions of works by Tatlin that are remarkable. There's even Malevich's "Black Square". And there are other schools represented, such as Russian expressionists and cubists. For a contrast, the gallery also houses a large collection of early Soviet "social realist" art, and later Stalinist propagandistic painting. In the sculpture garden out back there is what I call a graveyard of fallen idols, sculptures of Soviet "heroes" that were removed from other public places after the fall of the USSR and put here for lack of anyplace better. For instance, there's a sculpture of Beria, founder of the KGB, which used to stand in Lubyanka square in front of the KGB (now FSB) building. The gallery is huge and it makes for an entertaining afternoon.
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