Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun from 11:00 to 19:00, Sat from 11:00 to 20:00,
Thu from 12:00 to 21:00, Mon – closed
The tradition of desk sets has its origins in the court culture of the royal palaces of the 17th century. At that time, the office of a high-ranking statesman was perceived as a ceremonial room, therefore, its design was treated accordingly.
The focal point on the desk was an ink set. As a rule, beautiful inkpots were located on a massive stand, pens with metal nibs lay, and sharply sharpened pencils stood in tall glasses. The obligatory item on the writing desk was also a paperweight, with which the text written in ink was blotted.
After the Revolution of 1917, Soviet leaders and high-ranking officials adopted the habit of luxurious office decoration. The funds of the Museum of Contemporary History of Russia contain many magnificent writing instruments presented as gifts to Soviet leaders. Often the artistic theme of writing instruments was the professional activity of the person to whom the gift was intended.
Particularly interesting are the instruments presented to the party congresses (for example, the writing instrument presented in the exposition dedicated to the 15th Congress of the CPSU (b), which marked the course for industrialization), as well as personal gifts to Josef Stalin, Sergo Ordzhonikidze, Leonid Brezhnev, Mikhail Gorbachev.
These are not only exquisite works of applied art, but a kind of reports of enterprises on the achieved results of labor, according to which we can trace the main milestones of the socio-political and economic life of our country in the XXth century.
The exhibition "History on a writing desk " presents writing instruments of the 1920s – 1980s from the collection of the Museum of Contemporary History of Russia.