History gallery

Throughout the biography of the Palace, his life was somehow connected with art, which for centuries made this place especially attractive for everyone. Tver regional art gallery (TOKG) was founded in 1866 (as part of the 'Tver Museum'). Opened as an independent Museum in 1937.

Since the XVIII century, Tver province was built by architects of the first Russian architectural series. On public and private orders erected various ensembles, codes or separate buildings, and sometimes ennobled and the whole territory. The Imperial Palace of Tver is an outstanding monument of Russian architecture. Built for Empress Catherine II in 1763-1778 by The great Russian urban planner P. R. Nikitin, it has repeatedly changed its appearance in more than two centuries, reflecting the styles and tastes of the eras.


The architect from Moscow comes to Tver


P. R. Nikitin comes with the students of I. T. Obukhov, and A. Kvasov for inspection of the burnt city by order of the chief Director of the Office of Buildings and houses of her Majesty the Empress Catherine II and I. I. betskoi.


Beginning of the history of the collection


In 1866, in Tver, on the initiative of Governor P.R. Bagration, local historian N.I. Rubtsov, poet, decembrist F.N. Glinka, the mayor of A.F. Golovinsky, a public “museum” was created - one of the first in the Russian province. 

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The museum begins to receive items from nationalized estates


The museum begins to receive items from nationalized estates, which are numerous in the Tver province.

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The gallery becomes an independent museum and an art department is created in it.


Sequential acquisition of works of artists of the twentieth century (primarily representatives of official Soviet art) began in 1937, when the gallery, after the collection section was divided into local history and art, became an independent museum and a department of Soviet art was created in it. Works from A. A. Deineka, A. M. Gerasimov, B. V. Ioganson and other famous artists are acquired directly from the workshops.

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The revival of the gallery collection in the postwar period


During World War II, in the period of the occupation of the city, the Palace was subjected to significant destruction. The art collections of the gallery, which were then located in the building of the Church of the Ascension, were damaged, and partly plundered. But soon after the liberation of the city, work on the preparation of exhibitions, the study and acquisition of the collection were resumed.

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Gallery property


The last decade of the twentieth century was very difficult for the gallery collection. Due to the emergency condition of the palace building, the exposition was constantly reduced. However, the collection continued to grow. 

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