We invite members and VIPs to attend the opening of our new exhibition, Concerning the Spiritual in Russian Art, 1965-2011. The event will take place on Saturday, January 26 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. with remarks beginning at 5:45. Be sure not to miss this wonderful opportunity to experience the depth of our newest exhibit! Click ‘Read More’ for details on how to register.
TMORA hosted an artist-focused lively panel discussion on Russian painting styles in connection with the museum’s current Nicholai Fechin exhibition.
Four accomplished local contemporary painters with widely varying practices Bryan Young, Chris Wilcox, Jehra Patrick and Jaron Childs — some familiar with Fechin’s work, others just introduced to it — responded to the show. They discussed the general practice of painting, the specific achievement of Russian masters in paint handling, the influence of Russian masters on their own work, and more. Drawing from their experiences, they brought fresh insight into a remarkable body of work in a discussion geared towards their fellow artist peers.
The evening was moderated by Salon Saloon host and MinnPost columnist Andy Sturdevant.
On Friday, February 8, 2013, The Museum of Russian Art hosted a vodka tasting event.
On Saturday, January 12, The Museum of Russian Art hosted a painting workshop for children to accompany our current exhibit, Discovering 20th Century Masters: Nicolai Fechin. The children were taught how to paint a still-life. Participants were given free passes to the Museum to investigate how Nicolai Fechin employed still-life objects in his work. The event was a great success and we are planning future painting workshops for children as well as adults.
On December 15th and 16th visitors to The Museum of Russian Art enjoyed several performances by the St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral Choir. The choir sang harmonized chant melodies from monasteries throughout Russia in keeping with the Old-Believer traditions presented in our exhibition Cast Icons: Preserving Sacred Traditions.
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.
Our first annual fundraiser, Russian Fest, was held October 27, 2012. With 200 guests in attendance, 5 performing ensembles, and dozens of different foods, Russian Fest was a true success. Below are some pictures from the event, taken by Tom Dunn Photography. To see more photos from Russian Fest, visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheMuseumofRussianArt