I just love this series of images from the Russian Polytechnical Museum in Moscow. The photographer, Mae Ryan, was primarily fascinated with the female custodians. But more fascinating, in my mind, are the galleries themselves — the huge rooms, the postwar bleak pastel colours, the curtains (yes, the curtains!), the refusal to translate into English, the heavy didactical atmosphere — and the rich stuff which reminds us that Soviet engineers were among the best in the world.
I hope the museum will never afford to ‘modernise’ these galleries. They are absolute gems — can’t wait to put this place in my museum travel diary:
(from here; hat tip to Sébastien Soubiran)