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TMORA Fall Exhibitions Opening Celebration
Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree – $10
The Museum of Russian Art is pleased to invite you to celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions in our galleries!
From Non-Conformism to Feminisms: Russian Women Artists from the Kolodzei Foundation
Inside the Beehive: Art of Garen Bedrossian
Be the first to experience these new works. Enjoy live music, remarks from TMORA Curator Dr. Masha Zavialova as well as Natalia and Tatiana Kolodzei from the Kolodzei Foundation and artist, Garen Bedrossian. The TMORA Museum Store will be open for shopping. Refreshments will be available for your enjoyment. We hope you can join us!
TMORA Members FREE | General Admission $10 | Senior Admission (non-member) $8 | Student Admission with ID (non-member) $5 | Children under 14 FREE
Main Gallery – On view September 15, 2018 – February 10, 2019
The exhibition From Non-Conformism to Feminisms: Russian Women Artists from the Kolodzei Art Foundation features the work of emerging, mid-career, and established artists spanning three artistic generations. The show includes works in a diverse range of media – painting, photography, collage, works on paper, video, and interactive installations – emphasizing the importance of media experimentation for contemporary Russian women artists. Artworks on display represent several stages in the evolution of non-conformist and independent art in Russia, tracing their development from Krushchev’s “Thaw” to the art of the post-Soviet decade and present day. The exhibition is a visual exploration of the development and accomplishments of women artists from Russia.
The Kolodzei Art Foundation, Inc., is a U.S.-based nonprofit, found in 1991. The Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art is one of the world’s largest collections, consisting of over 7,000 works by more than 300 artists from Russia and the former Soviet Union.
Mezzanine Gallery – On view September 15, 2018 – February 10, 2019
In TMORA’s Mezzanine Gallery, Armenian-Canadian artist Garen Bedrossian showcases his fascinating nature-centered project, Inside the Beehive. The exhibition investigates the relationship between humans and their environment bringing the splendor and intricacy of nature’s creations to the forefront. Bedrossian produced a series of small, vibrantly colored paintings that were then placed inside beehives for a prolonged period of time. Bees covered the pieces with waxwork patterns, complementing, and sometimes obliterating, the original painting. Honeybee colony loss has soared in recent years while humans depend on bees as pollinators to raise crops. Garen Bedrossian’s works aim to remind us that collaboration with, and respect for, nature is key to human survival.
Bedrossian received professional education at the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg and launched a creative career in Russia and his homeland of Armenia. He moved to Canada, where he continues to produce paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures.