A visit to this museum helps to recall that the Russian Revolution was not just an overthrow of the political order, but a revolution in the arts, too. Here in this building lived the Russian Futurist poet and artist Vladimir Mayakovsky; one room has been furnished to look as it would have done when he moved in.
His poetry, plays, film scripts, and poster art gave a strident voice to the Revolution. Today the space is an inspired blend of crazy angles and colors, of photographs, manuscripts, art, and memorabilia – the whole thing has been described as being like the inside of his brain.
As for many, however, the Revolution under Stalin turned sour, and Mayakovsky became increasingly disillusioned, which may have contributed to his suicide here in 1930.