General Staff Building

General Staff Building

This huge plaza known as the General Staff Building has been home to government ministries and Soviet-era agencies but these have all been replaced with more magnificent types: Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky and some of the most marvellous European Art of the 19th and 20th Centuries.

Highlights include:

  • Two Matisse rooms with beautifully arranged admired works such as Red Room - Harmony in Red, (1908), Music (1910) and Dance (1909 - 10)
  • Picassos from all periods
  • An entire hall with 14 Claude Monet paintings
  • Degas, Pissarro, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Renoir & much more
  • Contemporary & controversial art exhibits

This building has been extensively restored and boldly remodelled into a very contemporary art gallery. There are glass roofs over the interior courtyards, lots of slick embellishments and a huge grand staircase that doubles as an amphitheatre for performances.

This gallery is highly recommend for anyone loving modern art and can be included in our tours of St. Petersburg. Note, that the gallery is closed on Monday and like the Hermitage, is opened late on a Wednesday night.