Past Exhibitions


Colors of Russian Winter Feature Photo
Nikolai Alekseevich Abramov. April in the Motherland of V.I. Lenin, 1969. Oil on canvas. Private American Collection.

Colors of a Russian Winter

49 paintings in the Main and Mezzanine Galleries

“Colors of a Russian Winter, an exhibit featuring 52 colorful paintings, presents a cross-section of winter landscapes and activities that exist within Russia, from the coastal to the desert climates. “The exhibit is structured to bring life and color to the cold season, and to dispel the notion that winter in Russia is simply a panorama of white ice and snow,” says Bradford Shinkle, IV, president and director of TMORA. Winters have historical significance to the country in terms of the development of the Russian psychic character and in shaping major events. Historians credit the severity of the winter season for helping the Russians defeat both the invasions of Napoleon and Hitler. Several paintings included in the exhibit refer to these events, in addition to happy images of sledding, skiing and other winter activities.”  (Minnesota Monthly)

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Lacquer Masterpieces Photo
Exhibition Photograph by Don Wang.

Masterpieces of Russian Lacquer Art

In the Fireside Gallery

An exhibition of important works of miniature lacquer art drawn from the collections of Russian and American museums and the Lucy Maxym Collection.
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“The Museum of Russian Art has announced the arrival of 38 additional Russian lacquer art items on loan from two Moscow museums. The hand-painted items feature miniature scenes from Russian historical legends, myths and fairytales. They are on display through Dec. 30 as part of the museum’s “Masterpieces of Russian Lacquer Art” exhibition, which opened Oct. 5.  The loaned items from the Russian museums were delayed because of a Russian Ministry of Culture’s request for additional documentation following the recent unexplained disappearances of millions of dollars worth of art from the famous Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.  “We sympathize with the Russian museum authorities and support their efforts to ensure the security of their country’s artistic treasures,” said Bradford Shinkle, IV.”  (Southwest Journal)

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Aleksei Mikhailovich Gritsai Spring
Aleksei Mikhailovich Gritsai. Spring, 1949. Oil on Canvas. Private American Collection.

Russian Realism: Art of the 20th Century

77 paintings

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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.

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Soviet DisUnion Logo 450

Soviet Dis-Union: Socialist Realist & Nonconformist Art

37 paintings representing Socialist Realism in the Main and Mezzanine Galleries

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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.

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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

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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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