Torture Museum - Moscow
Are you a business owner in Moscow?
Promote your business 365 days a year with the #1 Guide to Moscow.
- Gain MAXIMUM EXPOSURE with a 'Dedicated Business Profile'
Directions to Torture Museum
Museums gained long ago a rightful place in the space of sophisticated beauty, overwhelming inspiration, and spreading light. But sometimes there are exceptions to the rule. Torture Museum in Moscow is an exceptionally unique museum with collection of old torture instruments, stunning reconstructions of non-extant torture machines, and horrific engravings on the theme of torture and executions. Similar museums in other countries are considered mainly as 'museums of horrors', revealing the theme of witches, werewolves, and vampires. Moscow Torture Museum tells about methods, being legal once, of physical effect on humans, classifying them and analyzing what was behind them.
More than 10 years ago Valeriy Pereverzev, founder and director of the museum, started his collection from wristbands, then boots, lashes, tongs. Today the collection includes over 200 artifacts, and it is constantly completed with new ones hunted up and brought by Valeriy from around the world. A real expert that truly enthused about what he does, sometimes Valeriy himself conducts excursions and takes a journey into the history of the European Inquisition and Tsarist Russia. 'People always wanted performance; they were visiting squares with hangmen like museums. Moreover, tortures and executions were the first public service advertisements - don't thieve otherwise you'll have to wear the false coiner's mask' - tells Valeriy. This year the project under the title 'Russian Tao' has been launched, presenting terrifying banned objects created by Russian intellectuals: 'Torturing iron' by artist Damir Muratov, 'Prison hooch still' by writer Stas Simonov, 'Tattoo machine' by Valeriy Pereverzev, etc. Recently the Bluebeard's Kunstkamera has opened in Torture Museum. Vanka Kain's cut nose, Princess Lopukhina's extracted tongue, Rasputin's phallus, Van Gogh's ear, two-headed rats, mirrors of Kozyrev and dolls, forbidden at dolls salons, are only a few of the exhibits, which reflect vulgarity, kitsch, pop and materialize the symptoms of 'New Plague'.
The Museum's life is intimately connected with films directed by Valeriy. So, the film named 'Panoptikon' has been awarded at the V International Movie Festival 'Kaplya' as the best horror film. What are we capable of when driven by fear? What price are we ready to pay for our safety? And where is, after all, the borderline between personal safety and prison we force ourselves into day by day? All these questions are raised in Panoptikon.
The most important thing any visitor should conceive is that Torture Museum wasn't designed to scare and horrify, but to make think. 'Corporal punishments are one of the thermometers that show cultural and ethical degree of society' - states Valeriy. 'These artifacts should be kept in museums and never come back to our life. Let it remain history'.
You may also like
International School of Moscow
ISM is now accepting applications from expat families to looking to prepare kids for top international universities, while building character, developing leadership, entr
Art Deco Museum
In December, 2014, the first private Art Deco Museum in Russia opened in the former mansion of Imperial Mint on the Luzhnetskaya Embankment. The founder of the museum, Mk
Park of Arts Museon, founded in 1992, is one of the biggest open-air museums of sculpture in Russia. Its collection includes unique monuments of Soviet epoch (1930-50s)..
HAPPYLON Magic Park
One of Moscow’s largest indoor amusement parks, HAPPYLON Magic Park comprises 650 square meters of pure fun. 15 head-spinning rides, over 200 arcade machine, “Dragon
Ice labirint in VVC
Last year VVC exhibition center made a surprise for fans of winter activities. The Ice Labyrinth named "The Soviet Park" was constructed in VVC. As you could guess, visit
Lenkom is one of the most famous and legendary theatres of Russia. The history of Lenkom can be started with "Theatre for Working Youth" (TRAM) in 1927. The future theatr
Theatre of Taste (Theatre Culinaire Moscow)
The mission of the Theatre of Taste is to create tasty art. "What does that mean?", -you may ask. Food takes a great part in each culture. It is not surprising that a gro
THE CENTER FOR CREATIVE INDUSTRIES FABRIKA
Founded in 2005, as PROEKT_FABRIKA, Center for Creative industries FABRIKA now is the first independent not-for-profit contemporary visual art organisation in Moscow. Our
Garage Centre -- is one of the most popular art centres in Moscow. The place concept is to make people get interested in modern art, so they have some interesting interac
Izmailovsky Park is a real entertainment park in Moscow. With vast areas for sports, cycling and roller blading tours, playgrounds, open air games such as table tennis, c