Past Events

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.
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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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AAM Annual Meeting Events

The Twin Cities played host to the American Association of Museums Annual Meeting in April.

On April 29, The Museum of Russian Art and Saudi Aramco hosted an International Reception. Over 300 museum professionals from around the globe came together for an evening of cocktails and networking with their international colleagues.

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Fundraising Dinner at Drs. John and Mila Eklund’s home

On June 2, Drs. John and Mila Eklund hosted a fundraiser for The Museum of Russian Art. Attended by 30 supporters, the benefit included cocktails, Russian delicacies like borscht and stroganoff, as well as dessert. The evening also included a performance by Karen Volvertine of the Minnesota Opera. In accordance with ancient Russian tradition, guests were greeted at the dinner by children dressed in traditional national outfits and given bread and salt, a sign of hospitality in Russia.

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Members-Only Preview for Discovering 20th Century Russian Masters: Nicolai Fechin

Friday, August 24, 2012, 5:00-7:00 pm
Main and Fireplace Galleries
Registration is required. Go to to register

Immerse yourself in the art of a master during this Members-Only Preview of the exhibition Discovering 20th Century Russian Masters: Nicolai Fechin. Nicolai Fechin’s artwork is rich in color and content, having been influenced by his Russian homeland and his adopted home in the American Southwest.  Enjoy cocktails from the cash bar and mingle with Russian art lovers from around the Twin Cities. Be the first to see the beautiful exhibition, which opens to the public on August 25 and will be on display through January 20, 2013 in TMORA’s main gallery.

This event is free and only open to members of The Museum of Russian Art.

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