Past Exhibitions

Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 – The Historical Backdrop

On view at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota – October 13 – 14, 2023 On view at The Museum of Russian Art October 21 – November 26, 2023 The Museum of Russian Art presents this exhibition in conjunction with the performance of Dmitry Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony at Orchestra Hall October 13 – 14, 2023. Drawing upon TMORA’s unique collections, […] Read more

The Wintertime Carnival: Traditions of Old

A. KostinaPostcard, 1956 LeningradCollection of TMORA, Gift of Kim L. and James J. Balaschak Drawing on the Museum’s rich collection of holiday ornaments and memorabilia, The Wintertime Carnival presents the story of winter holidays during the reign of the Romanov dynasty and the Soviet era. Many of the Russian winter holiday traditions were introduced by the Romanov tsars in the early 19th century.  A century passed, and the 1917 Bolshevik revolution swept away […] Read more

Icons of the Late Empire: Story and Art

Icons of the Late Empire: Story and Art Collection of the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library TMORA presents an exhibition of religious icons drawn from the collection of the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, Collegeville, MN. In 2021, HMML received a large donation of Russian icons from the estate of Edmund Gronkiewicz, a polyglot, a […] Read more

Leningrad Underground: Unofficial Artists of the Soviet Era

Leningrad Underground: Unofficial Artists of the Soviet Era Collection of Inna and Ruvim Braude This exhibition brings together a selection of sixty-four Soviet-era works from a less explored corner of the Soviet-era netherworld – Leningrad’s unofficial art scene. Drawn from the Ruvim and Inna Braude collection, the show features fifteen artists – including some of the […] Read more

Premonition of a Russian Dystopia

This exhibition focuses on artist Geli Korzhev’s portrayals of strange and disturbing creatures who embody his prophetic vision of Russia’s dystopian future, foretold thirty years ago. The Tiurliki (Mutant) series was painted in the late 1980s – early 1990s, during the unstable and uncertain time of the fall of the Soviet Union. This series was never quite understood by his […] Read more