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Exhibitions:

Leaders and the Masses: Mega Paintings from Soviet Ukraine

Dinner with the Tsars: Russian Imperial Porcelain

A Parliament of Owls: Children’s Art from Russia

A Homespun Life: Textiles of Old Russia


Events

Leaders and the Masses: Mega Paintings from Soviet Ukraine
Through Jaunary 10, 2020
Main and Mezzanine Galleries

Inaugural Exhibition of the Jurii Maniichuk and Rose Brady Collection of The Museum of Russian Art

The exhibition features forty Soviet-era paintings, highlighting a remarkable recent donation to the museum from the Jurii Maniichuk and Rose Brady Collection. Rose Brady gifted 111 paintings from the collection assembled by her late husband, Ukrainian-American law professor and consultant, Jurii Maniichuk (1955-2009). Maniichuk acquired more than a hundred works from leading Ukraine-based artists or their heirs while working in Kyiv, Ukraine, in the 1990s as a legal consultant to the Ukrainian government. At that time, socialist realist works had fallen from favor in newly independent Ukraine and thus were in danger of being painted over, forgotten, or destroyed. Maniichuk preserved the works as a window into his past, legally moving them to the United States in 1999.

These historical works include some of the largest Soviet-era canvases in existence, exemplified by Anthem of People’s Love, which is an astonishing fourteen by nineteen feet. Larger-than-life portrayals of Soviet leaders feature Lenin, Stalin, and Khrushchev, alongside collective farmers, soldiers, sailors, road construction workers, fishermen, and more. Many of the paintings in the exhibition have never been shown before in the United States.

Dinner with the Tsars: Russian Imperial Porcelain
Through August 1, 2020

This exhibition brings together approximately one hundred and forty superb examples of Russian porcelain wares produced at the Imperial Porcelain Factory in St. Petersburg during the rule of the Romanovs.

The beautifully crafted, hand-painted objects present visitors with examples of inspired decorative settings and tableware used by the sovereigns and guests of the House of Romanov.

From its inception in 1744 until the last days of the Russian Empire in 1917, the Imperial Porcelain Factory produced beautiful dinnerware and decorative pieces for the royal homes of the Tsars. Additionally, the royal household requested special commissions for unique diplomatic gifts, dowry sets and other items. One of the earliest European porcelain manufacturers, the factory in St. Petersburg continues producing remarkable objects of decorative art to this day.

Dinner with the Tsars: Russian Imperial Porcelain was on view at The Museum of Russian Art in 2011.

A Parliament of Owls: Children’s Art from Russia
Through October 18, 2020

Organized in partnership with the International Owl Center in Houston, Minnesota, this exhibition presents children's artworks submitted to the owl art contest, held by the Center for young people under 18 from across the globe. Owls large and small, happy and sad, scary and friendly, were painted by youngsters from Russia, age 8 through 17. Also on view are three specimens of owls common both in the US and in Russia, from the Center's research collection.

The owl art contest is part of the Center's International Festival of Owls – the only full-weekend, all-owl event in the United States! From its inception, the Festival hosted an owl coloring contest for children, which has now grown into a highly competitive international children's owl art contest. In 2019, there were 4,444 entries from 37 different countries and 20 US states. The country that sent in the most entries by far in 2019 was Russia. The opening of A Parliament of Owls will take place during the 2020 Owl Festival, held this year March 6 through 8.

The International Owl Center opened in 2015; its mission is to make the world a better place for owls through education and research. The Museum of Russian Art is grateful to Karla Bloem, the Center's Executive Director, for a productive and happy collaboration.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges Dare L. White and William F. White Foundation for exhibition support.

A Homespun Life: Textiles of Old Russia
August 1, 2020

This original exhibition presents over one hundred artifacts revealing the rich peasant culture of northern and central Russia in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Featured are towels, bed skirts, area rugs, and pillow covers, along with spinning tools, garments, and costumes produced by peasant spinners, weavers and dressmakers.

Designs and patterns were specific to regional centers of production, such as the Vologda, Riazan and Nizhnii Novgorod regions represented in this exhibition.

All items on loan from the collection of Ms. Susan Johnson. Originally on display March 15, 2010

Vladimir Dikarev: Poetic Surrealism
Through June 7, 2020

Clairvoyantly, this painting is about us in the here and now of the coronavirus-ridden world. Two people are at the table with wobbly legs flying through space. The table is contemporaneous reality which has, if not the mind, but an eye of its own. Where is it taking the two at the table? Only the scary reality/table knows, but certainly away from the well-ordered past. Their past is in the background where the flying figures are the former selves of the two at the table. This is how they remember themselves – light as air, easy-going, and playful. The past seems orderly and nice, with its geometrically-patterned floor and serene water surface.

The two at the table have no faces, or heads for that matter. They have no eyes to see where the table is flying. They have no brains to understand it. All they can do is dwell in their beautiful past. And the knowing eye of the reality/table is flying them into the unknown...

- Dr. Masha Zavialova, Chief Curator and Head of Collections, The Museum of Russian Art

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