Matryoshka: The Russian Nesting Doll, features Matryoshkas on loan from a private collector in San Francisco. These brightly painted wooden objects have become a symbol of Russia and Russian folk art; their bell-shaped silhouettes are familiar to the young and old. Whether depicting ancient legends, religious themes, or political caricatures, Matryoshkas can tell us more than meets the eye–as one doll opens to reveal the next one inside–about the history of Russia.
Painted Matryoshka dolls are fascinating storytellers. Elaborately decorated with scenes from Russian folklore, history, and politics, they provide a visually rich source of learning for adults and children. The dolls on display were produced over several decades and will include pre-WWII dolls as well as dolls from various regional centers of Matryoshka production during the Soviet and post-Soviet periods. The display will also feature unique Matryoshka dolls decorated by the recognized master painters of the medium.
Opening just in time for the holiday season, Matryoshka: The Russian Nesting Doll will delight families and visitors of all ages.
For Children: Downloadable Matryoshka Coloring Sheets
Supported by the Pohlad Family Foundation
- TMORA wins 2nd place in AAM’s annual Museum Publications Design Competition, 2010
- Beside Herself, Matryoshka Exhibit Mention, Museum Magazine, March-April 2010
- "Family Outings: Delight is nested into displays at the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis," Pioneer Press, February 16, 2010
- "Nesting dolls reveal layers of Russian history," MPR, December 18, 2009
- Fox 9 previews the new Matryoshka: The Russian Nesting Doll exhibit, November 25, 2009