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Romance in Soviet Art

The Museum of Russian Art presents the exhibition Romance in Soviet Art in its Main and Mezzanine galleries. The exhibition will feature approximately forty paintings covering the themes of love and marriage reflected through the lens of art. Dating predominantly from the 1950s and 1960s, the paintings depict young couples, weddings, family scenes, and, more often than not, scenes of collective work as sites of courtship. Romantic relationships occupied a markedly secondary position in the Soviet hierarchy of human pursuits.

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Russian Samovars

The exhibition of Russian samovars will delve into the Russian tradition of tea drinking through a remarkable display of samovars, drawn from the significant collection of Sheldon Luskin, resident of Florida. Translated as ‘self-boiler,’ samovars are metal urns used to boil water for tea. Before the introduction of electrical appliances, they were essential to Russian tea drinking traditions. The samovars from the Luskin collection originate from various 19th century producers, including the Faberge firm. Boasting a variety of imaginative designs, the hand-made samovars on display will familiarize Museum visitors with this unique art form and Russian traditions of hospitality.

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Faces of War: Russia in World War I (1914-1917)

The multimedia exhibition Faces of War will present a documentary narrative of Russia in WW I drawing on the rich collections of Russia’s state archives and museums. This major exhibition is organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Federal Archive Agency, State Archives of the Russian Federation, and ROSIZO State Museum and Exhibition Center, in association with the Russian Historical Society and Russian Military History Society.

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Russian American Artists in Minnesota

Unveiling Russian-American cultural patrimony in Minnesota, the exhibition of two Russian-born Minnesotan artists will feature works by Katia Andreeva and Konstantin Berkovski, formerly residents of Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). The exhibition will demonstrate the versatile talents of the artists through a display of watercolors, drawings, book illustrations, and multimedia works on paper.

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Russian Imperial Porcelain Easter Eggs

Drawn from a remarkable collection of Imperial porcelain owned by Raymond Piper, the exhibition will include approximately seventy presentation Easter eggs featuring Russian orthodox saints, Imperial monograms, traditional Russian geometric patterns, ornate floral designs, and more.  These beautifully painted porcelain Easter eggs were produced at the Imperial Porcelain Factory in St. Petersburg during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Commissioned by the Romanov Imperial family, porcelain eggs were presented to relatives, friends, and courtiers at Easter time. The art of painted eggs reached perfection during the reigns of Nicholas I (1825-1855) and Alexander III (1881-1894).

Also included in the exhibition are eggs from other notable 19th century porcelain factories, porcelain vases, and photographs of the Imperial family.

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Life on the Edge of the Forest: Russian Traditions in Wood

This exhibition will focus on the folk traditions of Russian woodworking as well as how the Russian forest played a role in cultural identity and the traditional way of life. Specifically it will examine three perspectives of Russian traditions in wood: wood as building and crafts material; forests as sustainable ecosystems for renewable resources that support life in Russian communities; and the forest as a spiritual and cultural resource that inspires artists and folktales while also serving as a component of cultural identity.

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The Art of Victor Khromin

The exhibition of paintings by Victor Khromin will bring together twenty-seven works from the artist’s collection and TMORA’s permanent collection.  Merging sculpture’s capacity for representing the three-dimensionality of objects with painting’s power to express content in color, Victor Khromin’s remarkable works explore the boundary between painting and sculpture.

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The Art of Collecting

On display in the Main and Mezzanine galleries, this new exhibition features approximately one-hundred paintings from the Raymond and Susan Johnson’s collection of Russian art. This exhibition will uncover the fascinating story behind building the largest and most comprehensive collection of 20th century Russian art outside of Russia.

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Eva Levina-Rozengolts: Reflections on a Siberian Exile

Presented as the fifth installment of the Discovering 20th Century Russian Masters exhibition series, the art of Eva Levina-Rozengolts (1898- 1975) is an intense creative response to the traumatic experience of exile during the Stalin era. The exhibition of Rozengolts’ work includes forty-five works on paper created after the artist’s return from Siberia in 1956.

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Around the Tree: Holiday Traditions in the Soviet Era

Around the Tree: Holiday Traditions in the Soviet Era will bring together artworks and historical artifacts that highlight the unique traditions of the New Year celebration during Soviet rule, a period when Christmas was banned as a religious holiday. The display will include paintings, antique ornaments, masks and more. Click ‘read more’ for more details.

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