Archive for 2009


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Matryoshkas in the Khokhloma Style. Photograph by Don Wang.

Matryoshka: The Russian Nesting Doll

Fireside Gallery

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.

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Prokudin-Gorskii, Sergei Mikhailovich. Fabric Merchant, 1906-1911. 1 negative (3 frames) : glass, b&w, three-color separation. Library of Congress, Prokudin-Gorskii Collection.

Photographer to the Tsar: Revealing the Silk Road

Lower Gallery


Visitor’s Guide

The longest road on earth, the fabled Silk Road spanned several thousand miles,     connecting East and     West and stretching from China and India to Central Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean     Sea.  For two millennia, exotic goods, artistic styles and cultural traditions traveled in both     directions leaving a lasting impact on civilizations across vast expanses.  The Silk Road became a  symbol of economic and cultural exchanges between East and West.

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Revolution Day. The inscription on the stamp reads: "All power to the Soviets!" (Все власть Cоветам!). 30th Anniversary of October Revolution. 1947, Nov.. USSR. Scott#1183. Private American Collection.

Postage Stamps: Messengers of the Soviet Future

Lower Gallery


Visitor’s Guide

This exciting exhibition spans nearly 100 years of illustrative history, tracing the evolution of a country through the impactful images contained on postage stamps. The stamps, rich in artistry and visual eloquence, communicated the Soviet Union’s aspirational utopian vision to the people of the USSR and around the world. On exclusive display through September 20, 2009, this original exhibition features approximately 300 rare stamps on loan from a private collector.

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Mai Volfovich Dantsig. Sleepless (Unmade Bed). 1986, Oil on Canvas. Private American Collection.

Russkiy Salon: Select Favorites and Newly Revealed Works

Main and Mezzanine Galleries

Russkiy Salon features some of the most remarkable and popular paintings exhibited at TMORA over the past six years. This unique exhibition allows art-lovers the opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the familiar masterpieces. Approximately 54 paintings will be on view including works such as the beloved Milkmaids, Novella, by Nikolai N. Baskakov, the dramatic and evocative Unmade Bed by Mai Dantsig, and many other outstanding works of 20th century Russian art. The exhibition will also include pieces that have not been previously displayed. Among them is an epic work by the eminent Soviet artist Yuri Pimenov First of May Celebration.

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