Overview of collections

Foreign Painting
Russian Painting of the 18th - Beginning of the 20th Centuries
Russian and Foreign Graphic Arts
Soviet and Modern Graphic Arts
Soviet and Modern Painting
Decorative and Applied Arts
Folk Art
Ceramics and Glass
Rare Books
Precious Metals

         Nowadays the Omsk M.A. Vrubel Regional Museum of Fine Arts possesses one of the largest art collections in Siberia. The total amount of storage units makes about 25 thousand.
         Formation of a collection was started by the first museum director F.V. Melekhin (1882-?). Thanks to his vigorous activity in 1924-1928 the first arrivals from the State Museum Fund (former Rumyantsev Museum, Winter and Marble Palaces, Museum of Academy Arts, Russian Museum, from collections of the Botkins, Golitsins, Ryabushinskys, Shuvalovs, Yusupovs, and others) were carried out. In 1932 a significant number of exhibits were transferred from the Tretyakov Gallery, from museum of the M.A. Vrubel Artistic-Industrial Technical School (Omsk). The following large updating of collection took place in the 1980s, when Leningrad collector E.M. Lavrenko made a gift of over three thousand works of graphics and rare editions. In 2004 with the means allocated by the Government of the Omsk Region, museum bought about 70 works of Omsk artists; the Moscow masters and their families made a of over one thousand works; by order of the Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography took place a transfer of about 180 exhibits.
         The collection of works of foreign art includes canvases by masters from Italy, Spain, Holland, Flanders, France, Germany, Austria, England of the 16th -19th centuries (J. van Goyen, I. van Ostade, A. Schelfhout, J. Weenix, D. Teniers, Jr., S. Vouet, J.B. Greuze, H. Fantin-Latour, J.B. Lampi, Sr., etc.). Among authors of some graphic lists are Rembrandt, J.-B. Piranesi, P. Picasso, B. Hirasava.

         Collection of icon painting of the 17th beginning of the 20th century is represented by the icons executed in the European part of Russia (some of them are from the Armory of the Moscow Kremlin), in the Urals and in Siberia. Icons of the beginning of the 20th century are executed by the Omsk icon painter G. Adaev.

         Russian art of the 18th beginning of the 20th centuries is characterized by works by I. Ayvazovsky, A. Bogolyubov, A. Benois, V. Borisov-Musatov, F. Vasiyev, A. Venetsianov, V. Vereschagin, M. Vorobiev, M. Vrubel, K. Korovin, I. Kramskoy, I. Levitan, M. Nesterov, V. Polenov, I. Repin, V. Serov, V. Surikov, I. Shishkin. Rather considerable is a collection of works by masters of Russian avant-garde - N. Goncharova, P. Konchalovsky, P. Kuznetsov, M. Larionov, A. Lentulov, I. Mashkov, R. Falk, A. Javlensky. Deserves attention a collection of theatrical graphics of the 19th 20th centuries, incorporated sketches of suits and sets by I. Bilibin, A. Golovin, M. Dobuzhinsky, B. Kustodiev, A. Ekster, etc. A collection of a sculpture including works by M. Antakolsky, P. Klodt, A. Opekushin, was supplemented with the cast based on M. Vrubels work Robert and Nuns.

         A significant section of museum collection is made of works by domestic masters of the Soviet and modern period, among which are P. Konchalovsky, E. Moiseenko, B. Nemensky, V. Popkov, and also Omsk authors - N. Bryukhanov, A. Liberov, N. Mamontov, V. Pogodin, N. Tretyakov, V. Ufimtsev, G. Shtabnov, etc. Archives of some artists of the city are included in the museum fund of documents.

         Of a big interest is also a collection of decorative and applied arts, which uniqueness in many respects is caused by presence of golden objects of the Scythian-Sarmatian period, and also Faberge works, a collection of ceramics and glass, including articles of the Imperial porcelain and glass works, known factories and companies, factories of Dyatkovo, Gus-Khrustalny, etc., a folk art collection showing the best examples of creativity of peoples of the European Russia, Siberia, Central Asia, and Caucasus.

         The collection of the rare books is represented by prayer books of the 18th -19th centuries, and also by secular books of the 18th 21st centuries including the literature on theory and history of world art, architecture, museum study, restoration, history, philosophy, aesthetics, archeology, bibliology, and reference books.