Description of the attraction
Museum of Artistic Development of the Arctic named after A. A. Borisov is located in the city of Arkhangelsk in a former trading building with a coach house, which is an architectural monument and is part of the urban development complex of the Shingarev-Plotnikovs' city merchant estate dating from the late 18th - early 20th centuries.
The trading house with a coach house was built in 1897. The uniqueness and uniqueness of this building lies in the fact that it was built in 2 floors, and, accordingly, it was higher than the main house of the estate. At that time, this fact was considered unacceptable for the building hierarchy of classicism. How exactly the power-law hereditary citizen of Arkhangelsk E. K. Plotnikova was able to obtain permission to build this building, remains a mystery.
In 1994, the building was transferred to the Museum of Fine Arts. For many years this architectural monument has been mothballed. Only in 1997, restoration and restoration work began, which continues to this day. For guests the Museum of Artistic Development of the Arctic named after A. A. Borisov opened its doors in 2002. The first exhibition was called The Artist of Eternal Ice. A unique collection of works by Alexander Borisov, numbering more than 400 works, was the basis for the creation of the museum exhibition.
Alexander Alekseevich Borisov (1866-1934) - world-renowned painter and painter, was a student of the famous landscape painters Ivan Shishkin and Arkhip Kuindzhi. Borisov is the first polar artist, the founder of the artistic development of the Arctic. With his powerful talent, he created the grandiose images of the Far North.
The Arctic Museum consists of 5 halls. Hall I tells about the exploration of the Arctic, polar expeditions, in which Alexander Alekseevich Borisov also took part. In addition, here you can see maps of polar routes, photographic materials, models of ships, navigation instruments and many other exhibits related to the Arctic theme. In Hall II, you can see paintings by the artist Borisov. I would definitely like to note that in the history of Russian painting, he was the first to find himself beyond the Arctic Circle with brushes and paints. Hall III tells about the work of Ilya Konstantinovich Vylka (1883-1960), another artist of the North. Rooms IV and V are intended for temporary exhibitions.
Museum of Artistic Development of the Arctic named after A. A. Borisova offers visitors excursions on the following topics: "The Artist of Eternal Ice" (the life and career of A. Borisov), "Paints of the North" (landscape in the paintings of northern artists), "Born on Ice" (genre of animalism in the works of A. Borisov and I.. Vylki).
In addition, the museum has organized a creative workshop where you can master the genre of paper-making on Arctic themes, learn how to make candles (from candle mass) and candlesticks, create voluminous compositions, Nenets jewelry made of fur and fabric, and master aerodesign. Game events are also organized here: "Arctic cabin" (development of the Far North at the end of the 19th - beginning of the 20th centuries along the roads of famous travelers: Borisov, Brusilov, Sedov, Amundsen, Nansen), "Mirkator Club" (sailing, navigation, knitting of sea knots, orienteering on sea instruments and so on) and "Ice Cream Day" (the game-journey "Find the Treasure", theatrical production of "Giggle about Ice Cream", an impromptu shadow theater "Polar Bear" and so on).