Aleksei Bakhrushin

Bakhrushin, Aleksei Aleksandrovich

 

Born Jan. 31, 1865, in Moscow; died June 7, 1929, in the village of Gorki, Moscow Oblast. Figure in the Russian theater. Belonged to the merchants’ milieu.

Bakhrushin was a great expert on the theater. In 1894, on the basis of his own collections, he set up a private museum of literature and the theater, which later became a museum of the theater alone. In 1913 he gave this museum to the Academy of Sciences. In 1918 he became chairman of the museum and archive section of the Theater Department of the People’s Commissariat of Education of the RSFSR. In the same year, upon V. I. Lenin’s directive, the theater museum in Moscow was named after its founder, and Bakhrushin was appointed its director for life.