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Opening Reception – E.O. Hoppé and the Ballets Russes

Friday, September 17, 2021 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Free – $13

Lubov Tchernicheva as Cleopatra in Cléopâtra (Cleopatra), 1918
E.O. Hoppé and the Ballets Russes

Join us in celebrating the opening of an incredible new exhibition at The Museum of Russian Art: E.O. Hoppé and the Ballets Russes

Be among the first to view this new exhibition on the night before it opens to the general public! Refreshments will be available for your enjoyment. We hope you can join us.

In light of the highly transmissible Delta variant and increasing case numbers in Minnesota, we will require all guests to present proof of either full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours prior to attending this eventProof of vaccination or a negative test result must be shown when entering the Museum.  

Being fully vaccinated means completing your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before the event date. Proof of vaccination includes bringing a physical card or showing a digital photo of your vaccination card. Proof of a negative test result includes bringing a printed or digital copy of your test results.

All guests and staff will be required to wear masks inside the venue. This follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent recommendation that everyone should wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status. 

TMORA Members FREE | General Admission $13 | Senior Admission (65+) $11 | Student Admission with ID $5 | Children 0-13 FREE


About the Exhibition:

E.O. Hoppé and the Ballets Russes

In the 1920s and 30’s Emil Otto Hoppé (British, German born, 1878–1972) was one of the most sought-after photographers in the world. Hoppé’s studio in South Kensington was a magnet for the rich and famous, and for years he actively led the global art scene on both sides of the Atlantic, making over thirty photographically-illustrated books, and establishing himself as a pioneering figure in photographic art.

E.O. Hoppé and the Ballets Russes pays homage to the genius of two men: Sergei Diaghilev who, more than a century ago, founded the Ballets Russes, and Emil Otto Hoppé, who, between 1911 and 1923, photographed the champions of that illustrious company.

With both studio portraits and ballet sequences, this visual chronicle presents not only the leading stars of the Ballets Russes such as Vaslav Nijinsky, Adolph Bolm, Michel and Vera Fokine and Tamara Karsavina, but also celebrities whose connection with Diaghilev was tangential rather than axial – such as Mathilde Kschessinska, Anna Pavlova and Hubert Stowitts.

The pure sensuality of these portraits reveals the essence of the dancers who, in performing their innovative choreography in costumes by Léon Bakst, Nicholas Roerich, and Alexandre Benois, among others, took their audiences by storm with performances that shocked the senses and seduced the world into the modern era.

E.O. Hoppé and the Ballets Russes will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery September 18 – November 14, 2021.

E.O. Hoppé and the Ballets Russes was organized in collaboration with the E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection and is circulated by Curatorial Exhibitions, Pasadena, California.

Olga Spessivtseva as Aurora in “The Sleeping Beauty”, 1921

Vaslav Nijinsky as Spectre de la Rose in “Spectre de la Rose”, 1911


Friday, September 17, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free – $13


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