Archive for 2012


The Romanov Project

In 2013, many institutions across the world will mark a significant anniversary, the quatrcentenary of the establishment of the Romanov dynasty.
As its contribution to this commemoration, TMORA will mount a significant, large scale exhibition, as well a series of public events that will focus principally on the last years of the dynasty’s rule and the fate of their ‘treasures’ and legacy in the diaspora (principally in America),  Soviet,  and post-Soviet Russia.  Many of the items to be displayed will have a direct, ‘talismanic’  Romanov connection, having been acquired by American dealers or collectors, or relatives of the Romanovs.

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Concerning the Spiritual in Russian Art, 1965-2011

The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) will present an original exhibition from the US-based Kolodzei Art Foundation, bringing together a selection of paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography and installations by Soviet and Post-Soviet artists. Be sure to read the Star Tribune’s review of this exhibit by clicking here!

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The Anniversary Celebration: A Decade of Russian Art and Culture

Closing Monday, June 3, 2013. Join The Museum of Russian Art in celebrating its 10th anniversary! Featuring highlights from the permanent collection, as well as favorites from past beloved exhibitions, including Milkmaids Novella, by Nikolai Baskakov, this exhibition demonstrates why The Museum of Russian Art has quickly grown to be known as a gem worthy of discovery and a unique part of Minnesota’s cultural history.

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Discovering 20th Century Russian Masters: Nicolai Fechin

This 20th century Russian-American artist is renowned as much for his impressionistic scenes of the American southwest as for his Russian roots.  Features paintings on loan from Russian and American museums and private collections.

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Cast Icons: Preserving Sacred Traditions

This exhibition presents over 100 religious images and crosses made from various copper alloys and decorated with multicolor enamel and gilt. The variety of forms, iconography, design and decoration of these icons and crosses, created by Old Believer communities from the 18th through 20th centuries features images of patron saints, personal crosses and skladen icons (icons with foldable side flaps). The exhibition is drawn from the private collection of Minnesota art lover and musician Edward Stack. Exhibit extended to April 2013 by popular demand.

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Photography from the USSR: Soviet Life, Russian Reality

This exhibition presents over fifty photographs from the four final decades of the Soviet era. Drawn from the collection of Thomas Werner, professor and director of the BFA program at New York’s Parsons New School for Design, these black-and-white images show Soviet citizens in social, educational, and familial settings that both conformed to the dictates of the regime and reflected their own versions of reality.

Exhibition review in the Star Tribune

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From Thaw to Meltdown: Soviet Paintings of the 1950s-1980s

This exhibition examines the themes of industrial work in Soviet painting in the post-Stalin era. Profound and lasting transformations in society took place after Stalin’s death in 1953.  The decades following WWII saw a gradual relaxation of the ideological restrictions previously imposed by the Communist Party.  The recognizably Stalinist painting aesthetic—highly idealized and formulaic—gave way to a more diverse thematic environment.

Exhibition review in the Star Tribune

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Taille Directe: Sculptures by Naum Mogilevsky

This display of human-form sculptures in The Museum of Russian Art’s Fireside Gallery features fourteen works by Naum Mogilevsky.  The sculptures were recently added to the Museum’s growing permanent collection through a generous gift from Marsha Shisman and the artist’s nephew, Boris Mogilevsky and are on view for the very first time publicly.

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