The Museum of Russian Art

5500 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55419 - United States





The Museum of Russian Art explores the art and culture of Muscovite Russia, the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, its former republics, and post-Soviet Russia. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Museum of Russian Art is the only one of its kind in North America.

Through the universal language of art, visitors to TMORA explore new and unique perspectives on Russia, a country with millennia of recorded history. Recognizing the importance of educating current and future generations about Russian art and related cultures, TMORA’s exhibitions are designed to provide our guests with an opportunity to examine important artistic achievements and historical events through the works of the region’s most esteemed artists.

Housed in a beautifully renovated historic building, the Museum’s multi-level galleries provide a tranquil and intimate setting for TMORA’s exhibitions and educational events. We look forward to welcoming you to The Museum of Russian Art, a cultural venue like no other.


June 23 - October 24, 2021
On view in the Main Gallery

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.

September 18 - November 14, 2021
On view in the Mezzanine Gallery

In the 1920s and 30s 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 was organized in collaboration with the E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection and is circulated by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena, California.

August 14 - October 24, 2021
On view in the Fireside Gallery

The Museum of Russian Art is pleased to present the exhibition The Ancient Artel: Lacquer Miniature from Palekh. This exhibition, featuring approximately 30 lacquer boxes and objects from the collection of David Christensen, 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.

On view in the Lower Gallery

For the first time in its two decades in operation, The Museum of Russian Art has dedicated one of its four galleries to the display of the Museum’s permanent collection. The exposition includes examples of Soviet-era art donated to the Museum by its founder Ray Johnson, as well as large representative pieces of Socialist Realist art from the recent donation of the Jurii Maniichuk and Rose Brady Collection. The displays in the Permanent Collection Gallery will rotate annually, presenting viewers with a cross-section of the Museum’s entire holdings, including folk art, numismatics, sculpture, rare books, photography, posters, and much more.

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