In October 2014 Vladimir von Tsurikov became Director of The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) in Minneapolis, MN. He has brought with him a passion for the advancement of Russian Art and Culture, and a strong record of international collaboration.
Vladimir’s dedication to cultural collaboration allowed TMORA to become the first American museum in five years to host an exhibition co-organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. September 2015 saw the opening of Faces of War: Russia in World War I, which brought international participation from seven countries to TMORA and furthered the museum’s role in cultural diplomacy.
Previously, Vladimir served as Director of the Foundation of Russian History in upstate New York where he oversaw a number of groundbreaking initiatives. Among his accomplishments was a collaborative initiative with the State Archive of the Russian Federation, allowing archival and cultural collections to be viewed and used outside of their original repositories. As a result, rare archival collections were exchanged in microfilm, leading to renewed research both in Russia and the U.S.
Over the last ten years Vladimir co-organized and co-curated several exhibitions with Russian institutions in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Yekaterinburg, including the State Museum Pavlovsk Palace, the State Archive of the Russian Federation, the Federal Archival Agency, the Alexander Solzhenitsyn House of Russia Abroad, the Peter and Paul Fortress Museum and others. Before leaving upstate New York, Vladimir curated the exhibition “The Russian Word and Image: Four Centuries of Books and Art,” which received international acclaim.
Vladimir has published numerous articles and presented dozens of lectures both in the U.S. and Russia. In addition to releasing two research volumes, he has edited five volumes of a scholarly series Readings in Russian Religious Culture and continues to serve on a number of editorial boards. Vladimir also serves on the boards of the Russian Historical Society in the U.S. and the Russian Nobility Association in America. Vladimir received his Ph.D. in Russian History from the Moscow Theological Academy in 2011, and an M.A. in Russian language and literature in 2000 from Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT.