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The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts houses the richest Western art and antiquities collection in Moscow. On the first floor there are famous European sculptures. On the second floor is one of the world's best collection of impressionists: Cezanne, Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso, Deren, Marke, Vlamink. There is usually only a few people in the museum.
The collection is so complete because hundreds of pieces of art were taken from Germany by the Red Army after WW2. After several world debates concerning their restitution the Russian Duma officialy registered the pieces of art as 'property of the Russian State'.
In the beginning of the '90s Brener, a Russian contemporary artist (the one who painted "$" sign on Malevich's picture in Amsterdam) went to the second floor, stood in front of Van Gogh's paintings, looked at them for some time and then defecated - to express how touched he was by the master's art.