Matryoshka: The Russian Nesting Doll

Saturday, November 21, 2009 - Sunday, March 28, 2010

Matryoshka: The Russian Nesting Doll, features Matryoshkas on loan from a private collector in San Francisco. These brightly painted wooden objects have become a symbol of Russia and Russian folk art; their bell-shaped silhouettes are familiar to the young and old. Whether depicting ancient legends, religious themes, or political caricatures, Matryoshkas can tell us more than meets the eye–as one doll opens to reveal the next one inside–about the history of Russia.

Painted Matryoshka dolls are fascinating storytellers. Elaborately decorated with scenes from Russian folklore, history, and politics, they provide a visually rich source of learning for adults and children. The dolls on display were produced over several decades and will include pre-WWII dolls as well as dolls from various regional centers of Matryoshka production during the Soviet and post-Soviet periods. The display will also feature unique Matryoshka dolls decorated by the recognized master painters of the medium.

Opening just in time for the holiday season, Matryoshka: The Russian Nesting Doll will delight families and visitors of all ages.


Supported by the Pohlad Family Foundation