Sunday, November 29, 2009

Cupcakes & Russian dolls

My 9 year old Matryoshka, my 4 year Matryoshka and I attended the family-friendly cupcake reception celebrating the opening of: Matryoshka: The Russian Nesting Doll exhibit at the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis on Saturday afternoon. It's a vast and impressive accumulation of amazing Matryoshkas on loan from the Brokop Collection, the first of its kind at a US museum.

The Museum of Russian Art is the only museum in North America dedicated exclusively to the presentation of Russian art and artifacts housed in a wonderful, former church.

www.tmora.org



26 comments:

  1. I admire your dedication to a picture a day project. I'm doing one myself and it's a challenge some days as I'm sure you know. You've got some cool shots!

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  2. I read their website. Looks like a great place. I'd love to see the exhibit on the Silk Road.
    Do you think they will show religious icons someday?

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  3. I would love to see this museum! Please post more pics, if you have time!

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  4. It's an awesome museum for sure, and I am so happy that you have brought attention to it. It's a little jewel, and I hope that you will post some more photos of it. Love the political dolls. Guess I'm going to have to take our Olivia there to see them because she knows the dolls since I brought back some from Russia myself...none as beautiful as these, however! Have a good Sunday with that beautiful family of yours!

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  5. They are adorable, I bought some adorable Russian dolls when we visited Moscow.
    Beautiful post!
    Léia

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  6. What a hoot that they've got Yeltsin, Putin, Brehznev, et al!
    «Louis» would have left Stalin out, regardless of his historical importance...

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  7. Great show! A serious nod to an iconic folk art.
    I especially liked it that visitors could leave the gift shop with a copy of The Art of the Russian Matryoshka, the definitive account of the history, villages of making, fabrication, styles, artists, and notes on collecting. I especially liked it that those books were available because I co-wrote and produced the book.
    Rick Hibberd

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  8. No matter how you stack them up, the sum result of this post is terrific.

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  9. I want to see that museum very much! coincidentally, I happened to be in a shop recently that stocked nothing else but those dolls, marvelous time looking and some snaps (but sadly I botched them downloading)

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  10. As my grandparents are from Russia,there are such dolls of course also here at home. Knowing that there is now also a museum makes one glad as they brought much happiness for many people - and yes, that includes museums as well.
    A wonderful start into the new week for you all.

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  11. Yeah, right, that's all well and good and you talk a good game but would you have gone if they weren't serving cupcakes? Huh? Huh?

    Tell the truth!

    Heh. Heh.

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  12. I've always enjoyed these beautiful objects and admired the skills the artists possess. Thank you for your visit and for your good wishes for my Mama!

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  13. The political one(s) are very strange! Probably shouldn't think about it too hard... Nice photos, they are lovely objects - the regular ones, not the Putin one! Children always find them fascinating, too.
    Three Rivers Daily Photo

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  14. I love those! Are the ones that have little ones going down in size inside the big ones?

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  15. cool. the previous experience i have with russian dolls was at a facebook game called mafia wars.

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  16. I love this set of dolls and the idea of such a Museum.

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  17. Cool. I have a set of those Russian leader nesting dolls I was trying to sell on Craig's List, but nobody wanted them!

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  18. I love the unique political dolls. Never knew Putin could be so cute ;)

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  19. I very much appreciate you interest to our national doll. Oh, there is a museum! When I was a child I had my personal set, presented by my babushka (grandma). I still have it at my ma's place and the colors are very fresh and bright (well, I need to photo them, good idea for daily post!).

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  20. This seems like an interesting exhibition, thanks for showing it to us. Packaged with pancakes it must have been the opening of the year :)

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  21. My grandmother used to have some Russian nesting dolls and I used to love playing with them whenever I went over to her house. Lots of memories...

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