Past Events

Youth Auditions for the Moscow Ballet

TMORA’s Main Gallery
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Auditions for the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker will be held at The Museum of Russian Art. Youth dancers from the Twin Cities and surrounding areas are encouraged to audition to fill ancillary roles in the Ballet’s performances at the Orpheum Theater, December 7 and 8. Don’t miss this opportunity to dance alongside the Moscow Ballet’s corps of Russian dancers in this critically acclaimed performance. For more information, please visit the Moscow Ballet’s website at

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Presenting with the Loft Literary Center: Douglas Smith and Robert Alexander

Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Tickets $5 for Members, $10 for Non-Members
Registration is full for this event.

Join The Museum of Russian Art and The Loft Literary Center for an evening with celebrated authors, Robert Alexander and Douglas Smith. Reading an excerpt from his new book, Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy, Douglas Smith will follow up with a Q&A session.  With an introduction by Robert Alexander, author of numerous historical novels, this event is sure to tickle your literary fancy. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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Music at the Museum: September 22, 2012

Denis Evstuhin (piano) and Philip Zawisza (baritone)
Featuring works composed by Tchaikovsky, Mussogorsky, Balakirev, and Rachmaninov
Saturday, September 22, 2012 – 5:00 pm
Tickets $20 for Members, $25 for Non-Members
Registration is required and will open soon.

Join us for another evening of musical splendor at TMORA’s Music at the Museum series. Acclaimed pianist, Denis Evstuhin returns with baritone soloist Philip Zawisza. Enjoy music and cocktails from the cash bar during this performance.

Advanced registration is required for this event. $20 for Members, $25 for Non-Members.
To register, please visit

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Members-Only Special Lecture with Expert on Nicolai Fechin

In conjunction with the exhibition

Galina Tuluzakova hails from Nicolai Fechin’s hometown of Kazan, Russia and is Deputy Director of the State Art Museum of the Republic of Tatarstan, which houses one of the world’s largest collections of original artwork by Fechin.

Renowned Russian-American artist Nicolai Fechin was born in Kazan, Russia and immigrated to the United States in 1923. He is regarded as one of the great Russian masters and his paintings are captivating examples of Russian painting tradition.

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Lecture with Boris Mogilevsky: Saturday, July 21, 2012

In 2010, Boris Mogilevsky generously donated fourteen sculptures created by his uncle Naum Mogilevsky to The Museum of Russian Art. On exhibit now in the Fireside Gallery, these Taille Directe sculptures are enriching the Museum’s permanent collection.

Joining us to speak about his personal meetings with Naum in Leningrad, Boris will also describe his uncle’s studio and reminisce about his emigration from the Soviet Union. He will discuss how the sculptures traveled from Leningrad to Pittsburgh, where he and his wife Marsha now reside.

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Reception Honoring Oleg Vassiliev

On November 12, 2011 The Museum of Russian Art hosted a small private reception honoring Oleg Vassiliev’s lifetime of artistic achievement in the month of his 80th birthday.

In attendance were Erik Bulatov and Vitaly Komar, friends of Mr. Vassiliev’s who are also two of the most significant names in Soviet era non-conformist art. All three artists continue to produce new work. Mr. Komar traveled from his home in New York City, while Mr. Bulatov and his wife journeyed all the way from Paris, France to attend. The Museum of Russian Art was honored to host these exceptional artists; all three of whom addressed the audience. Other speakers included TMORA Director Brad Shinkle, Curator Maria Zavialova, and Vassiliev collector Neil Rector of Columbus, Ohio.

Hot off the press that very day, The Art of Oleg Vassiliev exhibition catalog was debuted that evening as well. It is available in The Izba gift store for $29.95.

Click on any image in the right hand column to begin a slideshow from the reception.

The StarTribune published a story about the event the following weekend.

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