A museum is opening in the house in Bolshaya Pirogovskaya, where Mikhail Bulgakov lived

December 31, 2021

On December 28, the M. A. Bulgakov Museum opens a new exhibition in the writer's former apartment at 35a, Bolshaya Pirogovskaya Street.  It is dedicated to his creative activity, as well as to numerous readings and interpretations of his works. And surely, of the writer’s biography, which is so often mixed with the stories of his characters. The exhibition is divided into three parts: a corridor, a study and a room.

In the corridor, recordings are played — fragments of phrases from the memories of Bulgakov and his life in Bolshaya Pirogovskaya Street. The study contains five specially designed tables, devices for reading Bulgakov's texts — five themes, point of views. Besides, there are original items that belonged to the writer, his family and closest friends. Another exhibition space is the room where the dining room and bedroom were located. Here, the display is arranged around a letter to the Government of the USSR, that Bulgakov wrote in the apartment in Bolshaya Pirogovskaya on March 28, 1930.

In addition, the “Lyubov Belozerskay”’ exhibition will be opened on December 28. It is dedicated to the writer's second wife and will last until February 28, 2022.

“Lyubov Belozerskaya” Exhibition

Lyubov Evgenievna Belozerskaya is a bright woman, a former dancer, one of the first motorists in Moscow, a participant in horse racing. She returned from the emigration in 1923. For Mikhail Bulgakov, Belozerskaya became the main source of knowledge about life abroad, which the writer was not destined to see.

In August 1927, Mikhail Bulgakov and Lyubov Belozerskaya settled at 35a, Bolshaya Pirogovskaya Street. In 1932, they departed, the writer soon moved, and Lyubov Evgenievna lived in this house until the end of her days. In the 1970s and 1980s, her apartment became the main meeting place for numerous admirers and biographers of the writer.

The exhibition is divided into 12 parts — from “Flight” to “Datings”. This is Belozerskaya's story about herself, Bulgakov, the time and the people she was familiar with. Photographs, memorial items, archival documents and rare publications collected at the exhibition make up a detailed commentary on the story.

Lyubov Belozerskaya. 1933-1934. M. A. Bulgakov Museum

Apartment in Bolshaya Pirogovskaya

Apartment No. 6 is located on the ground floor in the rebuilt former house of merchant I.S. Reshetnikov. This was the first writer’s apartment where he had his own study.

At Bolshaya Pirogovskaya Bulgakov worked on the plays “Flight”, “The Crimson Island”, “The Cabal of Hypocrites”, “Half-Witted Jourdain”, “Adam and Eve”, “Bliss”, “Alexander Pushkin”. In the 1929-1930s, the writer was a powerless witness to death of his plays — “Flight” and “The Cabal of Hypocrites” (“Moliere”) were forbidden to be performed, “Days of the Turbins” and “The Crimson Island” were removed from the repertoire. Also, the study in Bolshaya Pirogovskaya became the place where Bulgakov created two early editions of “The Master and Margarita” novel, subsequently partially burned by the author.

Mikhail Bulgakov lived in Bolshaya Pirogovskaya Street for seven years. He experienced here both the peak of lifetime recognition and total prohibition, accompanied by heavy Soviet criticism. Here, on March 28, 1930, Bulgakov wrote his famous letter to the Government of the USSR, where he asked authorities to "set him free" abroad or give him a director's position in the theater. Here, on April 18, 1930, a phone call rang, and Bulgakov heard in the receiver: "Stalin will speak to you."

Bulgakov Museum is the first and only state memorial museum of the writer in Russia. It was established in 2007 in the legendary apartment No. 50 at 10, Bolshaya Sadovaya. Currently, Bulgakov Museum actively expands the field of cultural activities, opens exhibitions and holds events both in the museum itself and in external venues.

Source: mos.ru

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