“Raising the Banner: The Art of Geli Korzhev” Named “Best Art Exhibit” of 2007 by Mpls. St. Paul Magazine

The Museum of Russian Art’s first exhibition to feature work of a single artist on display through Jan. 5, 2008

MINNEAPOLIS (Nov. 28, 2007) – In its December 2007 issue, Mpls. St. Paul Magazine recognizes The Museum of Russian Art’s “Raising the Banner: The Art of Geli Korzhev” as the Twin Cities’ “Best Art Exhibit” of 2007. On display through Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, it is America’s first solo exhibition of Geli Mikhailovich Korzhev (1925-present) paintings, and TMORA’s first exhibition to feature the work of a single artist.

“The Museum of Russian Art’s ‘Raising the Banner: The Art of Geli Korzhev’ stands out. The sheer scale and variety of paintings on display [are] breathtaking.” ~Mpls. St. Paul Magazine, December 2007

TMORA’s exhibition includes 61 paintings spanning Korzhev’s remarkable career, and marks the first and only complete showing of these works outside of Russia. “Raising the Banner” is a joint curatorial effort incorporating the perspectives of art historians from the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, and the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, two of the largest museum institutions in Russia.

“The Twin Cities were home to several fascinating art exhibitions this year, so TMORA is particularly honored that ours has been recognized as the year’s best by Mpls. St. Paul Magazine,” said Judi Dutcher, TMORA president and director. “’Raising the Banner’ is one of TMORA’s most successful exhibitions to date, and it has been incredibly well-received by local, national and international visitors. With only one more month on display, we hope people will come for a final look at this rare, comprehensive display of paintings by one of Russia’s greatest living artists.”

Russian art historians recognize Korzhev among those who substantially influenced the entire post-WWII generation of Russian realist artists. As a senior member of the first generation of Russians to have been born and raised under Communist rule, Korzhev, while never a party member, has been a life-long supporter of the Communist system. His paintings reflect his views of the relationship between humanity and the hardships and sacrifices that are inherent to life and the human condition.

In conjunction with “Raising the Banner,” on Saturday, Dec. 8 TMORA will welcome internationally renowned art historian and author Matthew Cullerne Bown, who will present his keynote lecture “Geli Korzhev: 60 Years of Art” at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Contact the museum at 612-821-9045, ext. 3. Admission is free for TMORA Members and $5.00 for the general public.

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