The exhibition Winter Holidays in the Soviet Era uncovers the rich story of winter holiday traditions in 20th century Russia, from the late Imperial Christmas to the Soviet New Year of the Stalin and Khrushchev periods. Drawing upon the collection of Kim Balaschak, one of the world’s largest, the exhibition presents a remarkable selection of seven hundred holiday ornaments and related materials.
This exhibition will focus on the folk traditions of Russian woodworking as well as how the Russian forest played a role in cultural identity and the traditional way of life. Specifically it will examine three perspectives of Russian traditions in wood: wood as building and crafts material; forests as sustainable ecosystems for renewable resources that support life in Russian communities; and the forest as a spiritual and cultural resource that inspires artists and folktales while also serving as a component of cultural identity.
The exhibition of paintings by Victor Khromin will bring together twenty-seven works from the artist’s collection and TMORA’s permanent collection. Merging sculpture’s capacity for representing the three-dimensionality of objects with painting’s power to express content in color, Victor Khromin’s remarkable works explore the boundary between painting and sculpture.
On display in the Main and Mezzanine galleries, this new exhibition features approximately one-hundred paintings from the Raymond and Susan Johnson’s collection of Russian art. This exhibition will uncover the fascinating story behind building the largest and most comprehensive collection of 20th century Russian art outside of Russia.
Presented as the fifth installment of the Discovering 20th Century Russian Masters exhibition series, the art of Eva Levina-Rozengolts (1898- 1975) is an intense creative response to the traumatic experience of exile during the Stalin era. The exhibition of Rozengolts’ work includes forty-five works on paper created after the artist’s return from Siberia in 1956.