Opening Reception - Christmas with the Tsars

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Celebrate the opening of "Christmas with the Tsars" at The Museum of Russian Art

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The Museum of Russian Art is pleased to invite you join us in celebrating the opening of:

Christmas with the Tsars

Be the first to view this holiday world in the Lower Gallery of TMORA. Drawing on the Museum’s rich collections of holiday ornaments and memorabilia as well as loaned works, "Christmas with the Tsars" presents the story of winter holidays in Russia during the reign of the Romanov dynasty.

TMORA Executive Director Mark Meister and Chief Curator Dr. Masha Zavialova will give remarks and acknowledgments.

Festive Russian treats and a cash bar will be available for your enjoyment. We hope you can join us!

TMORA Members FREE | General Admission $12 | Senior Admission $10 | Student Admission $5 | Children 0-13 FREE

On view are rare Imperial-era Christmas ornaments, greeting cards, and other Christmas memorabilia from the Museum’s collections. These pre-1917 artifacts are part of the extensive gift of Kim Balaschak to the Museum. Imperial porcelain from the Alexander III and Nicholas II households is on loan from the collection of Ray Piper. Several important pieces came from the Museum’s co-founder Susan Johnson and other important private collections.

The exhibition features a rich array of silver and gold presentation objects widely used as Christmas gifts by Imperial Russia’s wealthy upper classes, including the tsar's family. Among all time favorites were handsome bejeweled pieces by the renowned Fabergé firm. The Fabergé store in B. Morskaia Street, St. Petersburg, was not the only Christmas hub. For those in favor of the emphatically Russian deco, stores of Ovchinnikov, Khlebnikov, Grachev and other well-established jewelers yielded a rich selection of colorful enameled cups, spoons, cigarette cases, jewelry boxes, and more. These renowned names, including Fabergé, are showcased in this year’s holiday exhibition at TMORA.

Christmas traditions as we know them were brought to Russia by the tsars. It was Peter the Great who introduced January 1 as the beginning of the year. Peter’s great-great-granddaughter-in-law, Grand Duchess Alexandra Fedorovna decorated the first tree in the Moscow Kremlin in 1817. When her husband ascended the Russian throne as Nicholas I, the Christmas tree became an integral part of the holiday season in the Winter Palace. A century later, on the eve of the Revolution, the tradition of the Christmas tree was widespread among Russia’s upper and middle classes. Peasants celebrated Christmas with feasts, joyful troika rides, caroling, and more. Christmas became prohibited under the Soviet regime, and returned to Russia in the early 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Christmas with the Tsars will be on view in the Lower Gallery November 16, 2019 – January 26, 2020

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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South Minneapolis, MN 55419

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