Past Exhibitions

Geli Korzhev Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, 1977-1984 Oil on Canvas, 42 1 2" x 89 1 4"
Geli Korzhev. Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, 1977-1984. Oil on Canvas. Private American Collection.

In the Russian Tradition

50 paintings including some from the State Tretyakov Gallery in the Main and Mezzanine Galleries

Visitor’s Guide

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.

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Legends in Lacquer

Lacquer boxes/objects

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.

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Power of Message in Russian Art

65 paintings

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.

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Windows to the Russian Soul

70 paintings

“Windows to the Russian Soul” offers glimpses into the lives and the cultural legacy of the people who lived in political turmoil from the pre-Revolutionary period through the 1980s.  Curated with the assistance of staff from the renowned State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, the exhibition explores the length, depth, and scope of the country that encompassed 11 time zones and hundred of racial, religious, and ethnic groups.

A brochure for this exhibition was produced and is archived.

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Cultural Horizons of Soviet Art

64 paintings

In the museum’s inaugural exhibit, nearly 100 landscapes, portraits and genre paintings depict life in many of the 15 former USSR republics during the Soviet era (1921-1991).  As the government encouraged artists to record social progress throughout the vast reaches of the land, the artists also responded to their own creative visions.

A brochure for this exhibition was produced and is archived

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