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.
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, a 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. Boasting a variety of imaginative designs, the samovars on display will familiarize Museum visitors with this unique art form and Russian traditions of hospitality.
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.