Art Education Station / Karl Marx Orphanage and School

Address: 16 Starokoniushennyi Lane, Moscow

House No. 16 (on left) on Starokoniushennyi Lane, where the Karl Marx Orphanage and School was located. Photograph: PastVu

House No. 16 (on left) on Starokoniushennyi Lane, where the Karl Marx Orphanage and School was located. Photograph: PastVu

This school and orphanage specializing in art and theater was located within the Art Education Station of Narkompros. Children from families living in Moscow and children from the orphanage studied together in the school.

The station was experimental and famous for its excellent teachers, who were artists themselves. Work with children in the school was appealing to the National Academy of Art, Tretyakov Gallery, Pedagogic Theater, Conservatory, and a wide range of artists.

Among themselves, the children called the orphanage and school by the name "Kyrly-myrly."

Daria Durneva, Anna Margolis