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  The Museum of National Culture at the National Cultural Center (NCC) `Kazan`

  The museum of national culture was founded on the basis of Kazan branch of V.I. Lenin Central museum in 1992. The museum is also a part of NCC 'Kazan' and is located in three exposition halls of the total area of 2600 sq. m. Today, the museum is one of the most intensively developing museum associations.
  The main goals of the museum cope with the national cultural treasury, in which active retrospective tendencies to historical reconstruction go together with the problems of the modern art expositions' compilation and display.The museum has its conceptual approach for complete epochal expositions. This is done by means of unique monuments and historical art complexes combining.
  Alongside with original exhibits, scientifically reconstructed works and masterly created copies are displayed. Some examples include soldiers' clothes and equipment collections, which were refurbished by M. Gorelik, 'The Soldiers of Eurasia', 'The Throne Hall of Kazan Khans' and 'The State Rarities of Kazan', 'Suyumbike's Library' and others.
  The scientists of the museum do a great deal of work devoted to examining and returning of the monuments that were permanently lost or taken to other collection of ethno-political and spiritual history of Tatar people. The various exhibits included rarities and other exhibits of epochs and locations of the Gunn's, Turkic, and Bulgarian cultures. 'Kazanology' (Kazan city's study) became a separate branch here.
  The museum's professionals, by means of ancient technologies, masterly refurbished significant monument of art culture of Kazan. Some of the exhibits include the most ancient 'kazan' (a thick sided-pot) that was found here. This find reveals one of the mythological versions of the city's origin.
  Another exhibit is the famous 'Kazan Hat', the State Crown of Kazan khans. Some variants of the khan's throne, mentioned in the annals and historical documents 'Bulava Muhammad Emin', the state shield, field maps, a banner, different pieces of clothes worn by soldiers, nobles, and people of clergy are being developed...
  To fill the museum's exposition with new exhibits, some picturesque-monumental panels, architectural-sculptural compositions, dioramas that illustrate the major ways of the formation of Kazan as a medieval city and the capital of Tatar ethnos, are being created. Some of the pieces include 'The Silk Way', 'Fanagoria - the Capital of Kubrat', 'Great Bilar', and 'The Dawn Lighted Kazan'.In its expositional work, intended to develop the modern practice of museum construction, The Museum of National Culture tries to create a real theatre of history that will give a vivid artistic and romantic representation of the fascinating events and people of the past.
  It is natural that due to the museum's foundation time, the prevailing collections of the Museum of National Culture deal with the Modern Tatar Art of the exterritorial style that unites the creative power of Tatarstan and Tatar Diaspora.
  Artists of various regions and styles successfully work on the historical theme construction. Their work deals with the ethnographic and national-romantic picture of historical plots, 'national scenes from the people's life', the battle genre, pictures in the spirit of 'new academism' (R. Zagidullin's 'The Ancient Kazan. The XVI century', and 'Kazan's Defenders'; N. Khaziakhmetov's 'Suyumbika' and 'Utyamish's Cradle'; F. Khalikov's 'Kazan's Reconstruction of the X-XVI century' (in accordance with D. Khafizov's scientific version), 'Kazan of the Middle of the XVI century', 'The Capture of Kazan' and others.
  For the short and bright period of the museum's existence, the museum managed to get a number of unique archeological, archeographical and ethnographic exhibits. They illustrate the various features of economical, political and spiritual life of the region, and also spiritual, cultural-economic, and confessional contacts of Kazan.
  The vivid evidence of the nation's art heritage's uniqueness and beautifulness are numerous finds that form the museum's funds' collections. Among them are hidden treasuries found on the territory of ancient Bulgaria, on the Eastern side of the Kama region; hidden treasuries of silver of the VIII century, (the so-called 'Chulman hidden treasury'); Tokhtamish's epoch's 'Karatun hidden treasury', containing 28500 golden coins, minted in eight cities of The Golden Horde, which is given world recognition for its value; Tatar filigrees of Bulgarian time and the XVIII-XIX centuries (belt fasteners with inserted semi-precious stones from a Tatar historian and educator S. Mardzhani's collection); silver cases for Koran, hand-written Korans of the XV century, shamails.
  An unknown artist's 'The Empress Suyumbika with her Son' of the XVI-XVII centuries is one of the museum's sensational purchases. The picture's reproductions are widely presented in various publications and funds of the republic. Now the museum's scientific department is working at the picture's scientific attribution and detailed examination.

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