This place is worth a visit, especially if you enjoy history and want to learn more about the key figures of Irkutsk’s history. Vladimir Platonovich Sukachev was a famous 19th century patron of the arts, a trustee and a founder of the first Siberian art gallery. He also was the only city mayor who kept his job for 13 years, from 1885 to 1898. The manor was Sukachev’s ancestral home. There, he lived with his family, held charity events, spent time with his friends and visitors. His visitors were scientists, writers, musicians and artists.
Nowadays, the restored Sukachev manor is a place for tours, thematic lectures on history and culture, theatric plays and balls. At the same time, the life of the manor stays tied to the present days through the contemporary art of the 21st century.
What to see in the museum in August
For a strong emotional experience, visit the “Fragile world” graphics exhibition. The exhibition is dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. Iri and Toshiko Maruki, the artists who witnessed those events, reflected their horrific experience in their art. At the same time, the artists left some place on their canvas for the beauty of peace, too.
In 1967, Iri and Toshiko presented a gift of more than 20 of their works to the Irkutsk Regional Arts Museum. 48 years later, those portraits, landscapes and stills are re-opened for public viewing once again. The exhibition will be open until August 30.
An exhibition of miniature dolls will also be open throughout all August. “The small world” by a Kazakhstani artist Irina Verkhgradskaya is full of sweetness and subtle charm. Peter the Great, Ekaterina II, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Harry Potter are some of the more familiar exhibits in the collection of 300 dolls. All of the dolls are only 10–15 cm high.
The tickets to the exhibitions cost 200 rubles for adults, 150 rubles for college and school students, retired and disabled people, and 80 rubles for preschool children. The manor is open every day from 10:00 until 18:00 except for Monday. On Thursdays in summer, the manor is open from 12:00 until 20:00. August 25th is an additional day off for the manor.