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Opening Reception – Christmas with the Tsars

Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free – $12

The Museum of Russian Art is pleased to invite you join us in celebrating the opening of:

Christmas with the Tsars

Be the first to view this holiday world in the Lower Gallery of TMORA featuring Imperial-era Christmas ornaments, greeting cards, and other Christmas memorabilia from the Museum’s collections. These rare artifacts are part of the extensive gift of Kim Balaschak to the Museum. Also included are pieces of Imperial porcelain from the Romanov household on loan from Ray Piper, a notable collector of Imperial porcelain. A tree decorated with Faberge-themed ornaments will be contributed by Susan Johnson.

TMORA Executive Director Mark Meister and Chief Curator Dr. Masha Zavialova will give remarks and acknowledgments.

Festive Russian treats and a cash bar will be available for your enjoyment. We hope you can join us!

TMORA Members FREE | General Admission $12 | Senior Admission $10 | Student Admission $5 | Children 0-13 FREE


Christmas traditions as we know them were brought to Russia by the tsars. It was Peter the Great who introduced January 1 as the beginning of the year. Peter’s great-great-granddaughter-in-law, Grand Duchess Alexandra Fedorovna decorated the first tree in the Moscow Kremlin in 1817. When her husband ascended the Russian throne as Nicholas I, the Christmas tree became an integral part of the holiday season in the Winter Palace. A century later, on the eve of the Revolution, the tradition of the Christmas tree was widespread among Russia’s upper and middle classes. Peasants celebrated Christmas with feasts, joyful troika rides, caroling, and more. Christmas became prohibited under the Soviet regime, and returned to Russia in the early 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union.Petrograd was nationalized and began to produce propaganda plates and sculptural representations of common Soviet people and notable revolutionaries

This exhibition will be on view in the Lower Gallery November 16, 2019 – January 26, 2020


Saturday, November 16, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free – $12


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Minneapolis, MN 55419 United States
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