The exposition includes works from state collections and the largest private collections in Moscow and the regions of Russia, which most fully reveal the main themes and periods of Pavel Leonov's work: from the first experiments of the 1960s to the canvases of the last years of his life. The project, which includes more than 120 works, is based on the biography principle. The exposition is divided into seven parts, arranged in accordance with the chronology of Pavel Leonov's life and reflects the artist's own view of his life. The first hall, dedicated to the birth of the master, includes the works of his mentor, the nonconformist Mikhail Roginsky.
Pavel Leonov is one of the central figures among Russian self-taught artists. He entered the circle of masters recognized all over the world, and his name was inscribed in 1984 by foreign critics in the World Encyclopedia of Naive Art by foreign critics. In addition to the works of Pavel Leonov from the collection of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the exhibition includes paintings and graphics from the Museum of Russian Lubok and Naive Art, the Vladimir-Suzdal Historical, Artistic and Architectural Museum-Reserve, the Ivanovo Regional Art Museum, the Ivanovo Regional Coordination and Methodological Center of Culture and Creativity , galleries "Kovcheg", "Roza Azora", as well as from private collections in Russia.