Rating: 8,8/10 (400 votes)The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum is an art gallery in Bournemouth, UK named after its founder, Merton Russell-Cotes. It is one of the largest private art collections in the world. The Russell-Coots couple, like all wealthy people of that time, traveled a lot around the world. From their travels, they brought many unusual and exotic things. Initially, their collection was kept in their own home, which soon turned out to be small. To accommodate an ever expanding collection. In 1897-1907. a separate building was built under the direction of the architect John Frederick Fogerty. Since that time, the museum has been housed in an unusual Art Nouveau house with galleries and turrets. During his lifetime, the Russell-Kotsy donated the house, objects collected during travel, art and other collections as a gift to the city. In March 1922, the collection received the status of a museum. Today, the museum's collections reflect the tastes and preferences of the Victorian era. In painting, these are landscapes, paintings on biblical subjects, genre scenes by both British and European artists. In particular, about 200 works by Albert Joseph Moore, Dante Rosseti, Arthur Hughes, John Brett, Simeon Solomon and others are kept here. In addition to painting, the Russell-Cotes Museum contains objects of decorative and applied art brought from around the world. The Japanese collection is of particular value. In total, the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum houses more than 2000 exhibits, including metal products, ceramics, decorative sculpture, prints, and a collection of costumes. There is a room here dedicated to the actor Henry Irving. For the youngest visitors, the museum has a playground and a cafe. Older children can take part in an interactive detective game, which invites them to find certain objects and paintings in the museum.
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