Main Gallery ~ From social realism to Socialist Realism
Mezzanine ~ Late period Soviet Art
Fireside Gallery ~ The roots of Russian Realist Painting
The social, economic and political history of Russia differentiated its graphic arts from those of its European neighbors. This exhibition explores the variations of realist subjects and style within the artistic context of pre-revolutionary Russia and the Soviet Union.
An historic joint exhibition of Soviet-era art from the Ray and Susan Johnson Collection of Socialist Realist art and the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist art. Both collections are recognized as the largest privately held collection of their respective genres outside of Russia. Includes two English language essays by leading authorities on both Socialist Realist and Nonconformist art.
The 50 works in this exhibition exemplify many of the traditions that stemmed from icon painting and 19th century Realism. These traditions continued through the early avant-garde movement in the 1910s and 1920s; through the neo-classicism of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s including the Stalinist period; Socialist Realism; and the Severe Style of the 1960s to the period of the “thaw” and glasnost in the 1980s.
The art of painting exquisite designs from history, folklore, and fairy tales on miniature lacquer boxes has its origin in medieval times. In four villages in central Russia, the art grew from icon painting, discouraged by the government after 1917. The stunning works that comprise the David Christensen Collection will be exhibited for the first time at The Museum of Russian Art.
This exhibition explores various aspects of Russian realist painting and its application as a medium of social communications to the citizens of the Soviet Union. In practical terms, the Soviet government structured the educational system to produce two generations of Russian artists whose creativity was directed to producing representational paintings that would memorialize, inspire and motivate Soviet citizenry.
A brochure for this exhibition was produced and is archived.