TMORA Appoints New Director


Vladimir von Tsurikov has championed the study, understanding, and preservation of Russian culture and history throughout his entire career. Prior to being appointed Director of The Museum of Russian Art, von Tsurikov, a Russian speaking scholar raised in Germany, attained many educational milestones and held several leadership roles that made him an exemplary choice for TMORA. Von Tsurikov attained his M.A. in Russian language and literature from Middlebury College in 2000 before moving on to complete his Ph.D. at the Moscow Theological Academy in 2011.

His prowess as a scholar of Russian history led him to become the Dean and Director of Archives and Library Services at the Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, NY from 2008 to 2011. His exceptional leadership qualities in that position made him an obvious choice for the position of Curator and Director of the newly formed Foundation of Russian History in Jordanville, NY - a position he has held since 2011. Von Tsurikov has curated many exhibitions at institutions ranging from the Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY to Solzhenitsyn Library in Moscow. He also played a critical role in the development and curation of The Museum of Russian Art’s most successful exhibition to date – The Romanovs: Legacy of an Empire Lost.

Von Tsurikov boasts an unparalleled passion for Russian history and culture, which will serve him well as Director of The Museum of Russian Art.


Welcoming Ludmila Eklund and Judy Garza to the Board of Trustees!


The Museum of Russian Art is pleased to welcome Dr. Ludmila Eklund and Judy Garza to the Board of Trustees!

Dr. Eklund was born and raised in Leningrad, now St.Petersburg, Russia. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Leningrad Medical School.    Being a child of two practicing physicians, she early on became interested in preventing diseases rather than treating them.

Dr. Eklund has dedicated over 25 years of her professional carrier to public health and biomedical research.  She has worked in Georgetown University, Karmanos Cancer Institute, and Yale University.

Art has always been Ludmila’s passion. While a medical student, she became certified as an English- speaking  guide in the Hermitage and the Russian Museum. She took courses in the art history at Leningrad Academy of Arts and Yale Universtity.

Dr. Eklund retired early to raise her family and is currently involved with a number of charitable organizations.

Judy Garza

An enthusiastic transplant to the Twin Cities area, Judy has worked as a genetic counselor for 35 years. Needing some artistic balance in her life, she has been a docent at the Museum of Russian Art since 2006.  She also has been an animal care volunteer at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota for 13 years.

Judy is a graduate of the University of Texas and Sarah Lawrence College.  Her work experiences and medical travel work have taught her the importance of education, cooperation and beauty of art in creating greater understanding of our global community.

Recently, she has become more involved in TMORA – not only as a docent, but also assisting the staff with fundraising.  She is a member of the Leadership committee and has helped with several fundraisers for the museum.


In Memoriam: Oleg Vassiliev (1931-2013)

It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of Oleg Vassiliev on January 24. The Museum of Russian Art has featured his works (both painted and on paper) on several occasions. A selection of his work is represented now in our newest exhibition, Concerning the Spiritual in Russian Art, 1965-2011. He lived for many years in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area with his son. He will be dearly missed.

Oleg Vassiliev is one of the most prominent representatives of the nonconformist art movement that flourished in the artistic underground in the last three decades of the Soviet regime. Oleg belongs to the generation of the pioneers of nonconformism, entering the underground art scene in the late 1950s – early 1960s.

Vassiliev’s complex and subtle creations made a profound contribution into the art and artistic philosophies of the 20th century.  Without being overtly political, the art of Oleg Vassiliev rejected any external authority besides art itself, opening up the space inaccessible to political tyranny and opposing the stultifying dictates of Soviet ideology. His artistic endeavor claimed art as the only expression of truth and its highest authority.  Rooted in the bold experiments of Russian avant-garde, Oleg Vassiliev’s works focused on the interrelation of space, surface, and light within the canvas.

Oleg’s work is central to contemporary Russian art:  it connects the past and the present and establishes the link between 19th century Russian realism, the avant-garde of the 1920s and contemporary art.



In Memoriam: John R. Silber (1926-2012)


We are saddened to announce the passing of former TMORA board member and Boston University President, John Silber.

Silber’s was a strong voice for the preservation and cultivation of the arts and education. Silber became the seventh President of Boston University in 1971 and was appointed Chancellor of the University in 1996. His philanthropy and dedication to the arts was well acknowledged by colleagues and art-lovers nationwide. He will be dearly missed.



In Memoriam: Geli Mikhailovich Korzhev (1925-2012)

Geli Mikhailovic Korzhev, prominent 20th century Russian painter, died this week.

Born in 1925 in Moscow, Korzhev’s personal philosophy and artistic career were influenced by the social context and standards that defined life in the Soviet Union. Evacuated as a teenager from Moscow during the Second World War, Korzhev later graduated from the prestigious Surikov Institute in 1950.

Korzhev was a teacher at the Stroganov Institute of Art in Moscow, and also a member of the Union of Soviet Artists. In 1968, he became the chairman of the Moscow branch of that organization. His paintings are part of major Russian collections and have been displayed in North America at the Smithsonian Institution, the Guggenheim Museum, and other institutions.

In 2007, The Museum of Russian Art staged the first retrospective of Korzhev’s work held in America. In collaboration with curators at the State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg) and the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), Raising the Banner: The Art of Geli Korzhev featured 61 paintings from throughout Korzhev’s prolific career.

Works by Korzhev can be seen now at The Museum of Russian Art, both in The Anniversary Celebration: A Decade of Russian Art and Culture and in the Discovery Corner.