The exhibition project, presented in the main building of the museum and its branches, brings together the most significant examples of different types of art that entered the collection of the Russian Museum from 1895 to 2019. Viewers will be able to get acquainted with the masterpieces of ancient Russian art, paintings, graphic and sculptural works of I.K. Aivazovsky, L.S. Bakst, A.G. Venetsianova, M.A. Vrubel, N.S. Goncharova, B.D. Grigorieva, O.A. Kiprensky, I.N. Kramskoy, B.M. Kustodiev, V.I. Mukhina, I.I. Levitan, D.G. Levitsky, K.S. Malevich, M.V. Nesterova, K.S. Petrova-Vodkina, I.E. Repin, N.K. Roerich, V.A. Serov, K.A. Somova, P.N. Filonova, S.D. Erzya and many other major masters of Russian art of the 18th – 20th centuries.
Throughout the history of the Russian Museum, the most important role in the formation of its collection belonged to the gifts of artists and their heirs, as well as private collectors. These gifts often helped fill in the gaps in the museum collection, and sometimes include genuine masterpieces of Russian art.
A large-scale and fascinating panorama of the history of Russian art has been created using the example of individual gifts or large acquisitions. This is the art of Ancient Russia and the 18th - first half of the 19th century (Mikhailovsky Castle); painting, sculpture and graphics of the second half of the 19th - mid-20th centuries (Benois Wing); painting of the 1960-1980s and contemporary Russian art (Marble Palace); samples of engraving, folk art and numismatics (Stroganov Palace).