The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) invites you to experience a virtual tour of the exhibition, The Ancient Artel: Lacquer Miniatures, with collector Dave Christensen and TMORA Curator Dr. Masha Zavialova. There will be an opportunity for Q&A during the presentation. Please join us.
This program will be presented via Zoom webinar. | FREE | Please register in advance.
Friday, September 24 | 11:00 am – 12:15 pm CDT
This exhibition, featuring approximately 30 lacquer boxes and objects – all from Christensen’s collection, explores the unique Russian art of miniature painting on papier-mâché. Richly detailed, carefully crafted and colorful, the lacquer miniatures of this exhibition reveal the distinct styles and techniques that developed in family workshops and passed down through generations of master craftsmen in the town of Palekh.
For centuries, Palekh was a renowned icon-painting center. After the 1917 Revolution and collapse of imperial Russia, religion was banned throughout the vast Soviet country. Icon painters had to seek alternative ways of making a living. Artists from Palekh found a clever solution to channel their artistic spirit: painting on papier-mâché boxes. While the subject matter and materials were new, the tradition and communicative power of the art of icon-painting remained.
The Ancient Artel: Lacquer Miniatures from Palekh
August 14 – October 24, 2021