Museum of I. A Bunin
Voronezh, Prospekt Revolyutsii, 3
Phones: +7 (473) 255-09-68
Web site: muzeinikitin.vzh.ru
This is one of the oldest estates in Voronezh with the characteristic features of buildings of the first half of the XIX century. The exhibition is located in the southern wing of the former estate of A. Germanovskaya, where Ivan Bunin was born in 1870.
The Bunin collection began to form in the mid-1980s and currently consists of more than 300 units. Part of the collection was included in the main exhibition.
In the first hall, which reflects important stages of the biography and literary images of I. A. Bunin, chronologically related to the period before 1917, children's household items of the late XIX century, rare furniture samples, lifetime book editions, autographs and photo documents, and fine art objects are presented.
The main theme of the second hall is the life and work of a famous writer in exile. Here is a recreated interior of E. O. Bukovetsky's office, where the Bunins lived before leaving Russia, a unique collection of art works by P. A. Nilus, authentic autographs of the Bunins (in letters, as gift inscriptions, copyright edits, etc.).
In the middle of the XIX century, the owner of the estate was D. E. Benardaki. In 1865, she was sold to A. E. Germanovskaya. In 1872, A. S. Fetisova became the owner of the estate. In the same year, she rebuilt the house into a two-story structure. Both wings were lined with brick, the house and the South wing were connected. Until 1913, this wing housed a grocery store. From 1892 to 1913, the estate belonged to M. K. Fedorova. Since 1913, the owner of the house was S. A. Petrovsky. During the great Patriotic war, the Northern wing was destroyed, the southern one was badly damaged by shelling. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, repairs were carried out on the surviving wing, but the original appearance of the building was not restored. From 1960 to 1980, the son of S. A. Petrovsky lived here. According to his will, in 1980 the wing was transferred to the regional Museum of local lore. In 1989, according to the sketches of the project of 1873, restoration was carried out and the State Inspectorate for the protection of historical and cultural heritage of the Voronezh region was located in it. From 2006 to 2016, this building was occupied by the editorial office of the magazine "Rise". In 2016, the building was transferred to the Nikitin literary Museum.
From the house, visitors get to the Museum courtyard, where the exhibition-installation "Bunin's Poetic garden" with unique art objects (author-artist A. A. Voroshilin) was created.
A unique exhibit: a hunting bag that belonged to I. A. Bunin personally was presented to K. G. Paustovsky after the death of Ivan Alekseevich and hung over Konstantin Georgievich's Desk for many years.