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The Museum of Russian Art
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Owner description: The Museum of Russian Art is the only museum in North America devoted to preserving and presenting all forms of Russian art and artifacts. 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. Now on view: Women in Soviet Art: focusing on the representation and self-representation of women in Soviet art, this exhibition explores the roles and perspectives of women under the Soviet system from the 1950s–1980s.Jewish Life in the Russian Empire: Exhibited for the first time in 1867 at the seminal ethnographic exhibit in Moscow, the photographs depict a unique record of Jewish life in Tsarist Russia. It tells the story of Jewish communities within the Pale of Settlement, a region where permanent residency of Jewish peoples was allowed. Jewish Life in the Russian Empire will be on display in the lower gallery.
Reviewed 12 October 2013

... about the Russian art. The place is not conveniently located and it can be easily mistaken for a residential home. It's filled with kitschy representations of arts and crafts from Russia. Honestly, I don't know of any good art from Russia so I wouldn't waste my time here.

Thank stric75
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TMORA_Minneapolis, Public Relations Manager at The Museum of Russian Art, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2013

Thanks so much for coming! If you are looking to learn about "good" Russian artists, I recommend that you check out artists like Korzhev, Kandinsky, Petrov-Vodkin, Serov, Tatlin, Rodchenko, Maleevich, Goncharova, Fechin, Repin and others. Russia boasts some of the most instantly recognizable artists the world has ever produced. It would be a real shame to not know anything about them – or worse – generalize them. Thanks again!

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"exhibits change"
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

incredible art display. I was skepical at first since it seemed small on the outside, but once we entered, there was 3 stories of wonderful Russian art!

Thank MJ9856
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

I'm always pleased, and never overwhelmed by Minneapolis's Museum of Russian Art. Their exhibits do not exhaust you with quantity. And you will always be awed by the quality. When in the Twin Cities, on business or pleasure, if you have only an hour or perhaps three, this museum is the ONE you should see. The art is bold and colorful and exposes many of the joys among the hardships that Russians have experienced since their revolution. I find the lighting in the museum truly remarkable. Visitors have a sense that the light that illuminates a canvas comes from within the painting not from some place in the ceiling. There are no spots of light bulbs reflecting on the works. The lighting seems so natural that you may sense that you are "there" in the scene that you are observing. The museum shop is a great place for finding unusual gifts for friends back home - small trinkets to large pieces of furniture. My only disappointment from the current exhibit, "Women in Soviet Art", was the low quality of the reproductions of the paintings in the show's catalogue - selling for $25 - particularly since they prohibit taking of your own photos.

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Reviewed 5 October 2013

Masterful recycling of a former church into a great two-level exhibition space. Very handicap accessible although ramps would be strenuous for less fit.Drawing on the Raymond & Susan Johnson Collection, the museum as an eclectic collection of all phases of Soviet era Russian art. When I was there, the basement had an excellent traveling exhibit from Russia of photographs taken of Jewish Pale schetle life of the Czarist era.Be prepared for sticker schock in the wonderfully stocked gift shop. The days of post-breakup bargains for Russian handicrafts is long gone.

Thank wheels03
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

Pop off the freeway (35W) at Diamond Lake Road, and you're in for a treat. The Russian Museum is truly amazing. I have been there several times. One time, we saw an exhibit on gold throughout the ages. I had thought, "how dull,,," but went with my friend. It was awe-inspiring, and because of the artful way the gold was displayed, I understood why people have been so driven to acquire it. The museum is a perfect size. Housed in an old church, you can easily see all of the displays in an hour or two. Whether it is the exhibit on gold, a show of Marxist propaganda or traditional paintings, it is ALWAYS good. I have sat quietly before paintings in this lovely setting, and I have discussed in depth, the politics that prompted others.

The folks at the desk are friendly and helpful. The gift shop is a PERFECT place to go as the holiday season approaches. It is truly a gem not to be missed.

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