Past Exhibitions


Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna: Path to Holiness

The Museum of Russian Art announces the third in its series of short-term pop-up exhibitions of historical photographs, images, and related objects. Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna: Path to Holiness will be on display in the Main Gallery between August 28 and 31, 2015. Remembering the life and works of Grand Duchess Elizabeth (Romanov), the exhibition includes forty-seven photographs of the Grand Duchess and her family, as well as several contemporary photographs of the related memorial sites. Organized in 2014 in commemoration of the 150th anniversary since the birth of Grand Duchess Elizabeth, the exhibition is presented in partnership with the Russian Cultural Foundation, Washington, DC, and the Elisabethan-Sergius Educational Society, Moscow, Russia.

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The First Deportation: The German Railway, The American Hospital, and the Armenian Genocide

The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) in Minneapolis, MN, in collaboration with the St. Sahag Armenian Church of St. Paul, Minnesota, will host a three-day exhibition dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, open from June 20 to June 22, 2015. The materials for the exhibition were provided by the Armenian National Institute (, an organization focusing on “the study, research and affirmation of the Armenian genocide.” This exhibition, THE FIRST DEPORTATION: THE GERMAN RAILWAY, THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL, AND THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE is a project of the Armenian National Institute, Armenian Genocide Museum of America, and Armenian Assembly of America.

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The Battle of Stalingrad

The Museum of Russia Art presents a three-day exhibition dedicated to the Battle of Stalingrad, in collaboration with Rossotrudnichestvo (Russian Cultural Centre) and Russia’s Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. The exhibition will be on view from May 9 through May 11, 2015. The exhibition includes approximately 60 photographs featuring scenes and participants of the battle, as well as war-period materials and original artwork.

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Romance in Soviet Art

Invoking elements of wedding rituals and glimpses of amorous exchange amidst the hustle and bustle of industrial work, these paintings afford an unparalleled insight into representations of private life in Soviet Russia. This rare selection of works by major Soviet artists derives from the comprehensive collection of TMORA founder Ray Johnson. Among the artists included in this exhibition are Geli Korzhev, Vladimir Nekrasov, Mai Dantsig, Vasili Nechitailo, Igor Razdrogin, Oleg Lomakin, Valerian Formozov, and other artists.

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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.

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Winter Holidays in the Soviet Era

The exhibition Winter Holidays in the Soviet Era uncovers the rich story of winter holiday traditions in 20th century Russia, from the late Imperial Christmas to the Soviet New Year of the Stalin and Khrushchev periods. Drawing upon the collection of Kim Balaschak, one of the world’s largest, the exhibition presents a remarkable selection of seven hundred holiday ornaments and related materials.

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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 Ladder, Victor Khromin, 1996. Oil on canvas.

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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Geli Korzhev, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza
1977-84, Oil on canvas

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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