Russian Art Noveau
Style Modern (the Russian term for Art Nouveau) was very popular in Russia at the turn of the 20th century. Wealthy merchants and industrialists no longer wanted to live in ordinary empire-style houses. They wanted something new, something original. And so, as a result, now we have exquisite mansions like pearls, scattered around Moscow’s old center.
There is no solemn symmetry of classicism here, as the house has more than one façade. The outside walls are adorned with a mosaic frieze depicting a garden of paradise with orchids in bloom.
Entering the hall is like diving into an underwater kingdom, with the pattern on the floor evocative of shore pebbles. The main staircase climbs up like a curving sea wave, with a fantastic jellyfish chandelier overlooking the hall below.
The rest of the house, with its glittering stained glass windows, contains many more surprises from Shekhtel’s imagination.
Gorky in Moscow
Gorky didn’t feel comfortable in his luxury mansion. In his diaries, he described the exquisite architecture of the house as bizarre and barbarian. While visiting the museum you may learn more about Gorky life in the USSR and also find numerous preserved belongings.
The writer lived here until his death in 1936. The widow of Gorky's son continued to live in the house until her death in 1965. The museum was opened here in 1995.
Gorky house museum visit
The museum address is Malaya Nikitskaya street 6/2, the nearest metro stations are either Pushkinskaya/Tverskaya or Arbatskaya.
The tour of the house usually lasts about an hour. It is a must-see sight for all architecture lovers. We are happy to include it in any of your Moscow tour itineraries.