Collection of this museum consists of more than 50,000 exhibits gathered in five sections – decorative folk art and fine arts of Uzbekistan, Russian and Western European arts, and foreign Oriental arts. Decorative folk art and applied art is represented by pieces that date back to ancient times, starting from I century B.C. to I century A.D. These are discoveries made during excavations on the territory of Southern Uzbekistan – in Khalchayan castle, Varakhsha (Bukhara), and in a settlement of Kuva (Ferghana valley).
Display of applied arts presents gantch (Uzbek plaster) engraving, ceramics, wood engraving and painting, embroidery from all regions of Uzbekistan, gold-embroidery pieces from Bukhara, Uzbek fabrics, carpets and decorative metal works. Expositions of fine arts of Uzbekistan start from the paintings of XIX century and continue by works of artists of XX century. One can see the masterpieces of R. Zommer, Bure, Karazin, Svyatoslavsky, Yudin, P. Benkov, A. Volkov, A. Nikolaev (Usto Mumin), A. Abdullaev, Ch. Akhmarov, U, Taksynbaev, R, Charyev, B. Djalalov, D. Umarbekov and others.
Fine arts of Russia are represented by ancient Russian art – collection of icons of XV-XIX centuries, as well as a solid collection of paintings of Russian artists of XVIII-XIX centuries. These are paintings by I. Nikitin, F. Rokotov, D. Levitsky, V. Borovikovsky, K. Brullov, V. Venetsianov; V. Perov, I. Kramsky, I. Levitan, I.Repin, V. Surikov; artists of the end of XIX – beginning of XX century А. Benoit, N. Rerikh, B. Kustodiev, M. Vrubel, V. Vereshagin and others.
Eight schools represent the art of Western European countries: Italy, Spain, Germany, Netherlands (Holland), France, England etc. This includes a statue called “Venus with a dolphin” (III century B.C., Roman copy of an ancient Greek sculpture), busts of ancient Romans, statues of Italian classicism of the end of XVIII century, and Italian garden sculpture of XIX century. Foreign Eastern countries are represented by the pieces fine and applied arts of China, Japan, India, Iran and Southern Korea. State museum of arts of the Republic of Uzbekistan was established in 1918 and at the very beginning was located in the castle of a Grand Duke Nikolai Konstantinovich Romanov (nowadays – Reception Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs). Private collection of pieces of fine and applied arts of Grand Duke (about 500 exhibits) was a foundation for the museum’s collection. There is a shop selling pieces of art at the museum.
Working hours: 10:00 – 17:00; Mondays – 10:00 – 14:00
Day off: Tuesday
Guided tours: in Uzbek, Russian and English.
Information taken from “IC Patent Service” CD