100 years of attraction

The anniversary exhibition "100 years of attraction"
dedicated to the centenary
of Scriabin Museum

Русская версия
14/27 April 1912

Scriabin signed a lease agreement for an apartment in which he lived with his wife, Tatiana Schlozer-Scriabina, children -

Ariadna, Marina, Julian - and mother-in-law Maria Schlozer.

Alexander Scriabin
(1872 - 1915)

The composer rented the apartment from a bright and outstanding personality - a professor, a Latin scholar Appolon Grushka (1870 - 1929) (in the picture). It was who in 1915, after the death of A.N. Scriabin, kept the apartment for an orphaned family of the composer. He became a member of the first Society of Friends of the Museum, a regular participant in all of memorable dates, repeatedly spoke in in support of the museum.

Appolon Grushka
Professor of Philology at Moscow University. The owner of the house, where A.Scriabin rented an apartment in 1912-1915s.
"The house in these years began to mean much more to Scriabin than it did before. Now he has become, one might even say, a homebody. He still loved society but he preferred that friends gather with him which happened almost every day. He loved good decoration, antiques. He loved to dress well, so that everything around was beautiful, elegant".

J. Engel
musicologist, translator, folklorist, composer.
1912 - 1915

Scriabin created his latest 3 piano sonatas, the poem "To the Flame", Op. 72,
"Dark Flame" op. 73, Preludes op. 74.

14/27 April 1915

On the day of the lease termination by tragic coincidence Scriabin died from blood poisoning.
Poster. Jurgis Baltrushaytis and Alexander Scriabin, evening in support for the victims of the war.

April 11, 1915. The date change was caused by an illness of A. Scriabin.

The evening did not take place due to the death of the composer.

Poster. Jurgis Baltrushaytis and Alexander Scriabin, concert in support for the victims of the war.
April 11, 1915 Moscow. The date change was caused by illness of A. Scriabin.

The apartment is inhabited by the widow of the composer Tatiana Schlötzer, children and mother.
December 1915 / January 1916

Scriabin societies were created in Petrograd (formerly called Saint-Petersburg) and in Moscow. They raised funds to pay for renting an composer's apartment, organized concerts and published composer's works.
- a period when museum of the composer was created, while conquering the memorial space, a fragile, dangerous, hungry time of two wars
and two revolutions.
August 20, 1918

In August 1918, a document called "On the erection of monuments to revolutionaries and public figures, writers, poets, philosophers, scientists, artists, composers" signed by V. Lenin was published in the "Izvestia VTSIK" newspaper . In this list, there was the name Scriabin. . The Scriabin's name was mentioned in the list.

October 10, 1918

After the publication of the decree of the Council of People's Commissars in the newspaper "Izvestia VTSIK", the apartment was nationalized and turned
to the museum.

Tatiana Schlötzer (in the picture) was appointed as the head of the museum,

Lyubov Skryabina (aunt and teacher of the composer) – keeper.

February 1919
Fire in the room of M. Schlötzer.

May 1922

Founding of the Society of Friends of the Museum.
The entire period preceding the official opening of the museum to visitors, its head was listed T. Schlötzer.
But she did not live to see this event.

Difficult family living conditions during the civil war,
the tragic death under mysterious circumstances of the son of Julian, who drowned in the river,
a fire that happened in one of the rooms of the museum
- all this undermined the health of T.Schlötzer.

She died almost at the workplace March 10, 1922,
after a severe, painful illness,
but shortly before her death she had time to make a detailed inventory of all the museum's items in the main rooms
of the apartment
- office, dining room and bedroom on the request of Museum Department of People's Commissariat for Education.

April 1922

Sergey Kashtanov (in the picture) was appointed as a Director of the Museum.
He headed the museum until 1938.

It is difficult to say how the fate of the museum would be if it were not the selfless participation in it of this man, a true ascetic, a former textile worker, who settled in one of the rooms of a communal apartment that was located on the first floor of the house number 11.

S. Kashtanov​
The beginning of the 1920s.
July 17, 1922

Grand opening of the museum for visitors. For a decade the replenishment and systematization of museum collections were conducted by
L. Scriabina (in the picture).

"The rooms of the museum were overcrowded, 120 people gathered, including representatives of the People's Commissariat for Education, Glavnauka(Main Department for Scientific, Art and Museum Institutions), the Department of Museums Affairs, the Music Department and many prominent persons figures of the music world". (S. Kashtanov)

At that time the staff of the Museum consisted of only three people - the head of the Museum, a research assistant and a technician.

L. Scriabina

A photo exposition was inaugurated at the Museum in the living room of the composer.


A photo exposition was opened in the room of M. Schlötzer renovated after the fire of 1919.

Group portrait of the participants of the meeting on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the death of A. Scriabin in the composer's study. Among them: L. Scriabina, M. Scriabina, E. Sofronitskaya ( née Scriabina), A. Grushka, L. Sabaneev, A. Moser, A. Goldenweiser, S. Kashtanov.

The directors of the Museum were I.P. Ilyin and N.T. Zhegin.

Since 1941

Maria Scriabina (the composer's daughter) became
a the museum's research assistant.

September 1, 1941

Tatyana Shaborkina (in the picture) was appointed as a director of the museum.
She headed the Museum for over
40 years.

The period of her management was characterized as the "golden age" of the museum's history, and the museum itself was called at that period the "musical heart of Moscow".

T. Shaborkina
April 1986
The years of the II World war

During the war the museum was under the regime of semi-conservation.
Almost all the exhibits were removed, there was a process of ongoing repair.

Only the oak wardrobe, the grand piano and the portrait of A.Scriabin's mother L. Scriabina in the composer's study remained at their places.

The Museum held concerts and creative evenings by V. Sofronitsky,
G. Neuhaus, M. Yudina, B. Pasternak, was carring out active stock works.
"Moscow was subjected to enemy raids, on the night of July 23-24, 1941, the Vakhtangov Theater was heavily damaged by bombing and the windows of the museum were blown out by the blast wave.

Once Tatiana Shaborkina was standing at the window of a the museum window. And suddenly she heard: "Save Scriabin for us". The man, without stopping, waved his hand. She managed to shout to him: "Do not worry, comrade! Be sure we will!". (N. Seliverstova)


After evacuation the exhibits were returned to the museum.

The museum building in the 1940s.
Late 1940s

The first color light experiments
of M. Scriabina in the museum.

Since 1962

The museum became a branch of the Museum of History and Reconstruction of Moscow.

M. Scriabina at the light-color apparatus, designed and operated in the museum.
Late 1940s

The first operating model of the ANS synthesizer appeared in the Museum.


Eduard Artemyev was invited to the position of senior engineer.

January 12, 1962

Order of the Ministry of Culture and the State Committee of the USSR Council of Ministers on the creation of an "Electronic music studio".

E. Murzin
Soviet engineer, inventor of ANS synthesizer.

The official opening of the "Electronic music studio" on the first floor of the Museum. Here worked
E. Murzin, A. Volkonsky, S. Kreici, A. Schnittke, E. Denisov, S. Gubaidulina,
A. Nemtin, V. Martynov.
Late 1970s

Termination of the studio works.

Tamara Rybakova appointed a director of the Museum.

A woman of action, T. Rybakova outlined new directions in the activities of the museum.
Interesting publications appeared, as well as the launch of the
"Scientific Notes" - collections of articles covering the problems of Scriabin's art, his era, intertwined with modern relevant aspects of the existence of domestic and foreign culture.

T. Rybakova

Based on the decision of the Executive Committee of the Moscow City Council, Memorial Scriabin Museum acquires the status of an independent museum.

Holding of the first competitive audition
"Scholarship named after A.N. Scriabin"

Over the years of the museum project more than 60 young pianists were awarded the title of laureate.

The first winner of the Scholarship, Yuri Bogdanov (in the picture), is now the Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, Professor of the Gnesin academy.

The laureate of 2004, Daniel Trifonov - the winner of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition, Grammy Award winner.

The tradition of performing works by A. Scriabin at the memorial piano in memorable days.

Alexander Ivanovich Lazarev was appointed as a director of the museum.

The works were activated in stock, research, publishing fields as well as founding of international Scriabin societies .

The museum began to implement projects not only within its own premises,
but also abroad, becoming an active participant in the formation of a new cultural space in Moscow.

A. Lazarev

Completion of restoration works and the grand opening of the building number 2, called "Scriabin House". It hosts multimedia exhibitions, concerts of classical music, master classes, creative meetings, color musical performances, developing Scriabin's ideas about the synthesis of arts.

By the decision of the founder "A. Mirek russian harmonica museum" was transferred to the Scriabin's Museum to function as its branch.

The branch is actively working to preserve and study the art of playing the harmonica, the history of reed instruments of Russia of the XIX – XX centuries, as well as popularize the folk culture and traditions.
October 10, 2018

The 100th anniversary of the foundation of A.Scriabin Memorial Museum.
"I'm going to tell people that they are strong and powerful ..."
(A. Scriabin)

"Great Names"

Brilliantly graduated from the Moscow Conservatory (in Sofonov's piano class), Scriabin performed with great success in Russia and abroad until the end of his life.

The composer's memorial museum has established a tradition of holding concerts and creative meetings.
Here performed outstanding musicians:

S. Rachmaninoff, A.Goldenweiser, V. Horowitz, M. Yudina,
G. and S. Neuhaus, S. Richter, E. Gilels, V. Cliburn.

V. Sofronitsky played very often here.

The museum continues this good tradition until now,
holding festivals and concerts with the brightest stars of
contemporary performing arts.
The evolution of memorial rooms of the museum during the 20th century.
The Scriabin Museum actively publishes books on the heritage of the great composer and his entourage.

Based on regular scientific conferences held within the walls of the museum,
collections of scientific articles titled "Scientific Notes" have been published for almost 20 years.

The photo shows the covers of books produced by the museum.
With the support of the Moscow Culture Department

Exhibition partners

Russian State Archive for Literature and Art (Rgali)

National Library of Russia

Russian National Museum of Music

Gnessin Russian Academy of Music (E.F. Gnesina Memorial Apartment Museum)

Marina Tsvetaeva House Museum

"Firma Melodiya"

Project Manager
A. Lazarev

Scientific curators
V. Rubtsova, V. Popkov

V. Shmakov, D. Khorov

E. Zelenina

V. Kolnikova, Y. Kharkova, O. Sanzharova, O. Dubrovina

Digital version

A. Zherebnov
"100 years of attraction"
October 10, 2018 - January 30, 2019

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