The exhibition, located on the first floor of one of the most beautiful 20th century buildings in the center of Kazan – the Sandetsky Manor, speaks about the famous representatives of the Likhachev family – natives of the Kazan province: Vice Admiral of the Russian Navy Ivan Fiodorovich Likhachev; famous numismatist, collector-researcher Andrey Fiodorovich Likhachev; prominent scientist, collector Nikolai Petrovich Likhachev.
Ivan Fiodorovich Likhachev (1826, Kazan province – 1907, Paris) – military man, member of the Russian and French Geographical Societies, the Columbian Society, the International Institute of Maritime Arbitrators; explorer of the Russian Far East. A strait in the Taui Bay of the Sea of Okhotsk, a cape in the Anadyr Bay of the Bering Sea, and a cape in Peter the Great Bay in the Sea of Japan are named in his honor. He was the commander of the first armored squadron in the Baltic Fleet and the organizer of the base of the Russian fleet on the island of Tsushima. In his later years he became a naval attache in Great Britain and France.
Andrei Fiodorovich Likhachev (1832–1890, Kazan province) – researcher, numismatist, full member of the Imperial Russian Archaeological Society. He was a well-known collector whose collection included coins, medals, various archaeological antiquities found in the Bulgars and Bilyars, family portraits, paintings of his contemporaries, engravings, porcelain, crosses, icons, weapons, as well as his books and the manuscripts.
Nikolai Petrovich Likhachev (1862, Kazan province – 1936, Leningrad) – historian, member of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society, Russian Bibliological Society, well-known collector. The scientist had a huge collection, which included, in addition to autographs of historical figures and icons, tombstones, stamps, rings, ancient seals of the Mediterranean, antique clay vessels, gingerbread boards, ancient Eastern clay tablets, coins, books.
For the first time the visitors will see the best pieces of art from the Likhachev collections – works by Shishkin, Aivazovsky, Vasilyev, Bogolyubov, icons, archival documents, photographs, paraphernalia from various museums and libraries of St. Petersburg and Kazan displayed at one exhibition area.
The research exhibition will show a complete description of the life of the two brothers and their nephew, family foundations and traditions of the Kazan nobility of the early 19th century – the first half of the 20th century.
2022 marks 190 years since the birth of Andrei Likhachev, 160 years since the birth of Nikolai Likhachev and 115 years since the death of Ivan Likhachev. The exhibition is designed to revive interest in the heritage of the great Likhachev family among the residents of Kazan and guests of the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and to become the basis for creating a Russian brand.