The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis

5500 Stevens Ave. S., Minneapolis, USA


Russian Realism: Art of the 20th Century
August 31 – December 30, 2006

77 paintings

Main Gallery ~ From social realism to Socialist Realism
Mezzanine ~ Late period Soviet Art
Fireside Gallery ~ The roots of Russian Realist Painting

The social, economic and political history of Russia differentiated its graphic arts from those of its European neighbors.  This exhibition explores the variations of realist subjects and style within the artistic context of pre-revolutionary Russia and the Soviet Union.

This exhibition includes work by artists Antonov, Apfelbaum, Baskakov, Bellykh, Bogdanov, Brovar, Burykin, Busygina, Chuikov, Danilin, Dantsig, Deineka, Erlikh, Fechin, Formozov, Gaifedzhyan, Geller, Gerasimov, Goncharov, Gorelov, Gritsai, Ivanov, Katsman, Katts, Kolesnikov, Kolyada, Korzhev, Lebedev, Leventsev, Lomakin, Lyubimov, Makovski, Maksimov, Malyavin, Nechitailo, Nurenberg, Obrynba, Ossovski, Polishchuk, Polyatski, Popkov, Popov, Preobrazhenski, Semenyuk, Shapaev, Shcherbakov, Sholokhnov, Smukrovich, Sofronova, Sokolov, Stozharov, Tarkhov, Tikhomirov, Tikhov, Tkachev, Tomilovski, Tutunov, Virzhikovski, Volkovinskaya, Yablonskaya, Yakovlev, Zernova, and Zozulya.

The Milkmaids and Friends
February 19 – May 5, 2007

21 paintings in the Main and Mezzanine Galleries

This exhibition centers around the popular painting by Nikolai Nikolaevich Baskakov “Milkmaids, Novella,” completed by him in 1962.

The exhibition includes thematically related work by artists Nikolai Ivanovich Fechin, Valerian Mikhailovich Formozov, Aleksandr Mikhailovich Gerasimov, Evgeni Aleksandrovich Katsman, Yuri Leonidovich Katts, Sergei Avksentevich Kolyada, Petr Petrovich Konchalovsky, Vera Vasilevna Kuzmina, Vasili Kirillovich Nechitailo, Kuzma Sergeevich Petrov-Vodkin, Yuri Ivanovich Pimenov, Leonid Grigorevich Polishchuk, Maria Raube-Gorchilina, Georgi Iosifovich Rublev, Fedor Vasilevich Shapaev, Vladimir Fedorovich Stozharov, Vladimir Aleksandrovich Vasilev, Vasili Ivanovich Zabashta and Grigori Stepanovich Zozulya.

Soviet Bread Basket
April 30 – September 1, 2007

47 paintings, Main and Mezzanine Galleries

An exhibition of approximately 50 paintings featuring Russian landscape scenes and images of Soviet agriculture. The Virgin Lands project, communal farming and the social significance of agricultural development in Russia will be presented in a visual tour of all the varied geographical regions of the former Soviet Union.

This exhibition included paintings by Fedor Vasilevich Antonov, Vasili Akimovich Arlashin, Nikolai Nikolaevich Baskakov, Petr Petrovich Belousov, Aleksei Ivanovich Borodin, Yakov Ivanovich Brovar, Ivan Ivanovich Chekmasov, Ivan Fedorovich Degtyarev, Vyacheslav Andreevich Fedorov, Valerian Mikhailovich Formozov, Aleksandr Mikhailovich Gerasimov, Gaviil Nikitich Gorelov, Aleksei Mikhaeilovich Gritsai, Sergei Avksentevich Kolyada, Geli Mikhailovich Korzhev, Vasili Nikolaevich Kostyanitsyn, Zinaida Mikhailovna Kovalevskaya, Konstantin Mikhailovich Lekomtsev, Konstantin Matveevich Lomykin, Konstantin Mefodevich Maksimov, Maleina, Filipp A. Malyavin, Ilya (Ruvim) Moiseevich Mazel, Vasili Kiriilovich Nechitailo, Nikolai Mitrofanovich Nikonov, Nikolai Ippolitovich Obrynba, Vsevolod Mikhailovich Petrov-Maslakov, Arkadi Aleksandrovich Plastov, Nina Yakovlevna Simonivhc-Efimova, Aleksei Konstantinovich Sokolov, T.A. Sretenski, Vladimir Fedorovich Stozharov, Fedot Vasilevich Sychkov, Z. Taipener, Oganes Karapetovich Tatevosyan, Dmitri Vasilevich Titov, Sergei Petrovich Tkachev, M. Yaffe and Grigori Stepanovich Zozulya.

Colors of a Russian Winter
January 8 – April 21, 2007

49 paintings in the Main and Mezzanine Galleries

Colors of a Russian Winter, an exhibit featuring 52 colorful paintings, presents a cross-section of winter landscapes and activities that exist within Russia, from the coastal to the desert climates.

“The exhibit is structured to bring life and color to the cold season, and to dispel the notion that winter in Russia is simply a panorama of white ice and snow,” says Bradford Shinkle, IV, president and director of TMORA. Winters have historical significance to the country in terms of the development of the Russian psychic character and in shaping major events. Historians credit the severity of the winter season for helping the Russians defeat both the invasions of Napoleon and Hitler. Several paintings included in the exhibit refer to these events, in addition to happy images of sledding, skiing and other winter activities.”  (Minnesota Monthly

This exhibition includes works from artists Nikolai Alekseevich Abramov, Sergei Fedorovich Babkov, Nikolai Nikolaevich Baskakov, Nikolai Petrovich Bogdanov-Belski, Aleksandr Filippovich Burak, Vitold Kaetanovich Byalynitski-Birulya, Anton Nikolaevich Chirkov, Mai Volfovich Dantsig, Valerian Mikhailovich Formozov, Nikolai Nikolaevich Gorlov, Nikolai Mikhailovich Grigoriev, Aleksei Mikhailovich Gritsai, Akhmed Abadullovich Kitaev, Sergei Avksentevich Kolyada, Petr Konchalovski, Geli Mikhailovich Korzhev-Chuvelev, Viktor Ivanovich Kovzan, Aleksandr Ivanovich Laktionov, M.V. Medvedevich, Vasili Kirillovich Nechitailo, Vladimir Ivanovich Ovchinnikov, Arkadi Aleksandrovich Plastov, Igor Aleksandrovich Popov, Aleksandr Tikhonovich Pushnin, Vladimir Mikhailovich Ratkin, Semon Aronovich Rotnitski, Vasili Filippovich Rudnev, Irina Vasilevna Shevandronova, Anastasiya Vasilevna Sitsko (Drozdova), Vladimir Fedorovich Stozharov, Fedot Vasilevich Sychkov, Nikolai Efimovich Timkov, Aleksei and Sergei Petrovich Tkachev, Andrei Andreevich Tutunov, Vitali Gennadevich Valtsev, Nina Leonidovna Veselova, Sergei Arsenevich Vinogradov, Edvard Yakovlevich Virzhikovski, Irina Ivanovna Vitman, Vasili Nikolaevich Yakovlev and Efrem Ivanovich Zverkov.

Russian Impressionism: On the Edge of Soviet Art
January 14 – September 13, 2008

Main and Mezzanine Galleries

This exhibit of 54 fine art paintings traces the historical evolution and influence of impressionist painting from its roots in 19th century France to its successful transplantation in pre-Revolutionary Russia. Although impressionism was routinely suppressed by the Communist Party as a foreign-inspired and socially decadent art form for over six decades, Russian artists never abandoned their affection for and use of impressionist brush techniques and color pallet. Impressionism survived behind closed doors and re-emerged as a dynamic and beloved art form that is uniquely Russian.

This exhibition includes paintings by Eduard Georgievich Bragovsky, Karl S. Fridman, Aleksandr Mikhailovich Gerasimov, Sergei Vasilevich Gerasimov, Nikolai Nikolaevich Gorlov, Aleksei Mikhailovich Gritsai, Aleksandr Alekseevich Gritsai, Yuri Leonidovich Katts, Ruslan Andreevich Kobozev, Sergei Avksentevich Kolyada, Sergei Avksentevich Kolyada, Tatyana Vladimirovna Konovalova-Kovrigina, Mikhail Yurevich Kugach, Nikolai Konstantinovich Leventsev, Konstantin Mefodevich Maksimov, Filipp A. Malyavin, Vasili Kirillovich Nechitailo, Vladimir Ilich Nekrasov, Petr Ivanovich Petrovichev (Kuzmichev), Arkadi Aleksandrovich Plastov, Georgi Eduardovich Satel, Yuri Ivanovich Semenyuk, Fedor Vasilevich Shapaev, Ivan Vasilevich Sorokin, Vladimir Fedorovich Stozharov, Tarkhov, Aleksei & Sergei Petrovich Tkachev, Viktor Grigorevich Tsyplakov, Andrei Andreevich Tutunov, Amir Khusnulovich Valiakhmetov, Mikhail Filippovich Volodin, Konstantin Fedorovich Yuon, Stanislav Yulianovich Zhukovski, Leonid Pavlovich Zusman and Efrem Ivanovich Zverkov.

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