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Virtual Opening with the Curator

Friday, June 25, 2021 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


The Museum of Russian Art invites you to the virtual unveiling of two new exhibitions prior to their reveal to the public on Saturday, June 26.  During this program, you’ll have the opportunity to glimpse the galleries and listen to insightful commentary by TMORA’s Curator, Dr. Masha Zavialova.

This program will be presented via Zoom Webinar | FREE | Please register in advance.

Friday, June 25 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM



Alexey Brodovitch: Designer of the Avant-Garde

Alexey Brodovitch, 1898-1971
Magazine Ad for New Jersey Zinc Co., 1934
7.5 in x 14.5 in
Collection of Dr. Curt Lund

The exhibition presents the work of Alexey Brodovitch (1898-1971), one of the most influential graphic designers of the 20th century, who opened up new horizons in American magazine and advertising design with his take on the new European Modernist aesthetic.

Fleeing Soviet Russia in the throngs of the Russian Civil War (1917-1922), Alexey Brodovitch began his design career in Paris and moved to the United States in 1930.  Brodovitch was the art director of Harper’s Bazaar from 1934-1958, boldly experimenting with the magazine’s design and integrating its diverse elements into an extraordinary flow of images and texts.

The works in this exhibition are drawn from the collection of Dr. Curt Lund, design historian and Assistant Professor of Digital Media Arts at Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota.  On view are posters, commercial advertisements, book illustrations and more, created by Brodovitch during the 1920s and 1930s.  The exhibition will also include a digital presentation of Harper’s Bazaar designs from the 1930s-1950s.

Alexey Brodovitch: Designer of the Avant-Garde will be on view in the Main Gallery June 23 – October 24, 2021

Belarusian Paintings: from Traditionalism to Contemporary Expression

Leonid Shchemelev
Spring, 2000
Oil on canvas, 40 in x 50 in
Private American Collection

For the first time in its history, The Museum of Russian Art is presenting an exhibition of paintings from Belarus.  Spanning the last forty years, the exhibition features works by eight Belarusian artists providing a glimpse into the art of this Eastern European country.  Formerly part of the Soviet Union, Belarus emerged as an independent country in 1991, had its first presidential election in 1994 and has been run by the same president ever since.  The artworks on view feature a range of styles, from realist to post-symbolist and abstract to modern Naïve.  Some of these remarkable artworks pay homage to the artists’ famous countrymen, Vitebsk-born Marc Chagall and Kazimir Malevich, who taught in Vitebsk.  The earliest works in the exhibition date from the 1980s while the most recent works are from the past decade.

Belarusian Paintings: from Traditionalism to Contemporary Expression will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery June 26 – Sept 12, 2021.


Friday, June 25, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm