ABOUT THE MUSEUM
Galina Sergeevna Ulanova lived in the apartment-house on Kotelnicheskaya enbankment from 1952 to 1998, first in a three-room apartment on the 9-th floor, and since 1986 up to the end of the days in the apartment which together with the property was passed over as a branch to State Central Theatre Museum named after A.A.Bakhrushin (SCTM) under its operative management by the Order of the Government of the Russian Federation of September, 25 2001 .
Under the Order of Minister of Culture of October, 24 2001 the cultural values belonging to Galina Ulanova have been included in the federal part of the Museum Fund of the Russian Federation.
The memorial furniture, things and possessions of the ballerina are kept in the apartment as it was during her lifetime. The works of fine arts and arts and crafts are represented here. Among such works there are those of A.Benua, M.Shagal, A.Fonvizin, G.Verejskiy, Kukryniksy and also V.Ryndin, G.Nisskiy, E.Janson-Manizer, etc.
The library includes about 2400 books, many of them are with gift inscriptions. The wardrobe of the ballerina – elegant clothes and footwear of the period from the 50-s to the 90-s of the last century is undoubtedly of interest.
According to the instruction numerous things of precious metals and jewels are in special storage of the SCTM.
The life and creativity period of the ballerina covers almost nine decades. A graduate of the Petersburg ballet school, Ulanova imbided its great traditions, became a witness of and participant in that difficult and yet singular path of Russian choreography from the Imperial ballet through the decades to the Soviet period up to the end of the XXth century. No one since Anna Pavlova had enjoyed such a triumph or been accorded such recognition abroad as Ulanova. In fact, this great ballerina became a spiritual ambassador of Russia in the West. It was her in whom people in the West felt the mysterious Russian soul and who proved by her art that much in Russian cultural tradition had been preserved.
The archive of Ulanova which includes more than 10 000 documents (letters, photos, posters, programs, diplomas, awards, prizes) bears a witness to all this. Part of this huge archive is exposed in the apartment. In the documents one may find the names of the known scientists and artists, politicians and musicians, writers and directors, actors, colleagues, strangers: almost all of them with expression of love, worship and gratitude, some are with requests for help. There are also moving letters from the fronts of the Great Patriotic War.
In the Apartment-museum visitors may have a glimpse of what life of the simple and great woman was, and realize the uniqueness of this person and artist who left an exceptional trace in the art of the XXth century .
After Galina Ulanova passed away on 21st of March 1998 the executors of her will pointed in the only letter of her accessor Tatiana Agafonova about that, namely Vladimir Vasiliev, Tatiana Kasatkina, Elena Bruskova and Boris Lvov-Anokhin put a goal for themselves to preserve the creative and spiritual legacy of the greatest ballerina.
Tatiana Kasatkina and Elena Bruskova did more as they did their utmost to make sure that everything in the apartment of Galina Ulanova at the famous house on Kotelnicheskaya embankment was put into inventory list and preserved in one place – her museum at her appartment. Nothing from the legacy, things and belongings of Galina Ulanova in her apartment has disappeared or been taken away. Everything has been preserved there as it were.
Two years after the Government of the Russian Federation took a decision to found a memorial museum at the apartment of the greatest ballerina no. 185 on Kotelnicheskaya enbankment, 1/15-B in Moscow. Soon this museum-apartment became a part of the State Central Theatrical Museum named after A.Bakhrushin (the order of the Russian Government of September 25, 2001 No.1274-r).
Thus everything left by Galina Ulanova at her apartment became the property of the state of Russian Federation and is kept in the storage of the Central State Theatrical Museum of A.A.Bakhrushin. Main part of it, including the furniture, clothes and artistic costumes, paintings and items of decorative and applied arts, manuscripts, epistolary heritage, audio- and videocassettes, etc. is represented in the exposition of the Museum-apartment.
Ulanova as the symbol of Russian Ballet
Everyday and artistic life of Ulanova covers about ninety years of the XXth century (her ballet family, dance academy, ballerina of Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatre, coacher-repetiteur of the Bolshoi Theatre, social life).