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Moscow State art gallery of the National Artist of the USSR A. Shilov was opened in May, 1997. Taking into account the demand for the master's work, the audience’s love for his art, the importance of A. Shilov’s activities in continuing the realistic traditions of Russian classical art, the artist’s importance in civic education and patriotism, a unanimous resolution of the State Duma and the Government of Moscow decided to allocate an old mansion of the 19th century to house there is a collection in it, originally consisting of 355 paintings and graphic works, donated by the Artist to his Fatherland. The collection was constantly replenished, and in 2003, a new building of Gallery was built according to the project of architect M. Posokhin. In 2010, the reconstruction of the Gallery complex was completed. The complex of the Gallery constituted a single architectural and artistic ensemble, which returned Znamenka Street to the cozy atmosphere of old Moscow. Today, the Gallery has more than 950 paintings and graphics, donated by the artist to his people.
From the very first days of its existence, the gallery has become one of the most beloved and visited places by Muscovites and guests of the capital places and a special cultural center. The concerts “Stars on a visit to A. Shilov”, creative evenings “Meeting at a portrait”, evenings of classical music and ancient romance, which create a special atmosphere of spirituality and beauty, continuity of Russian classical art culture, so necessary to our contemporaries, have become traditional.
Great Russia from time immemorial gave birth to talents with which all mankind is justly proud. They entered the history of world culture. Their names are immortal. A. M. Shilov is one of the outstanding artists of our time, a living legend, pride and glory of Russia. In the portrait gallery of the Artist the multifaceted creativity of the master is reflected. It is based on the best traditions of classical realistic art and affirms the enduring value of the ideals of humanism and beauty.