The collection of the State Russian Museum, numbering some 370,000 exhibits, is truly universal. It is unique both in the breadth of its chronological borders, stretching from the start of the current millenium right up to the present day, and its representation of virtually every area of the fine arts. Not every museum has the possibility of displaying the history of its national art process, with its exposition as an active model of art history. The Russian Museum enjoys such a possibility. The only thing standing in its way is the lack of exhibitory space.
The Mikhailovsky Palace is simply not large enough for the simultaneous
storage and display of its enormous, growing collection.