Past Exhibitions2018-06-05T09:25:18+00:00

PAST EXHIBITIONS

RUSHNYKY: SACRED UKRAINIAN TEXTILES

February 15 – June 3, 2018

Rushnyky: Sacred Ukrainian Textiles celebrates and explores Ukrainian culture through one of its most ancient and valued traditions.

This exhibit of over 80 rushnyky, Ukrainian icons, and related artifacts comes from the collection of Franklin Sciacca, Associate Professor of Russian Language and Literature at Hamilton College
in NY.

FROM FIREBIRD TO FISHERMAN: TWELVE FAIRY TALE PLATES

September 26, 2017 – January 28, 2018

This mini-exhibit showcases a series of twelve decorative plates designed and crafted by accomplished artists from Palekh, and Kholui, to Fedoskino. Each plate illustrates a different Russian fairytale. The myths and legends of Russia are provide a window into a fascinating and diverse culture. Generously donated by Robert Laroucque in 2017.

MIGRATION + MEMORY: JEWISH ARTISTS OF THE RUSSIAN AND SOVIET EMPIRES

October 12, 2017-January 28, 2018

This exhibition featured approximately 60 works drawn from the Vladimir and Vera Torchilin Collection that explore the creative responses as well as historical trajectories of Jewish artists born, trained, or active in the Russian as well as Soviet Empires in the twentieth century. Organized by Boston’s Ballets Russes Arts Initiative and presented by the Museum of Russian Icons, it is curated by BRAI’s Executive Director, Anna Winestein, and structured around the themes of migration and memory that are central to the Jewish experience in this period.

FANTASTIC BEASTS IN ICONOGRAPHY

June 3 – September 24, 2017

Natural and unnatural creatures were the focus of this exhibition at the Museum of Russian Icons. Fantastic Beasts in Iconography will include 50 icons and artifacts that spotlight the origins, symbolism, stories, and myriad of representations of animals in icons. The family-friendly exhibit will include over 50 icons and artifacts along with six mounted dragon heads created by Worcester artist, Hilary Scott.

FROM THE VAULT: ICONS OF ETHIOPIA

This exhibit featured a mix of Ethiopian icons, silver hand crosses, and artifacts from the Museum’s collection dating from the 19th and 20th century. Many of the icons were purchased from a gallery in Berlin, Germany between 2011 and 2014 including a Mother of God fresco, from the late 18th century that had been removed from the wall and transferred to canvas.

PONDERING MARY: HER STORY THROUGH ICONS

March 11 – May 21, 2017

This exhibit explored Mary’s life as portrayed in icons; how her relationship with her Son has defined her; and how the Russian people have viewed her complex role in salvation.

TWO IMPERIAL ICONS

October 15, 2016–May 14, 2017

These two important Imperial Presentation icons by Faberge and Kurliukov, were created as gifts for the 1908 wedding of Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna the Younger (1890-1958) to Prince Willem of Sweden, Duke of Sodermanland.

HOLY FOOLS TO WONDER WORKERS: SAINTS OF THE ORTHODOX FAITH

November 19, 2016–February 26, 2017

Holy Fools to Wonder Workers featured 30 icons from the Museum’s collection that are not regularly on view. Visitors to the exhibit will be able to explore different types of saints celebrated by the Orthodox Church, from Prophets of the Old Testament to the Monastics living in rural Russia. Popular saints such as Nicholas and George will be shown alongside those who are lesser known but equally fascinating figures. There is Simeon the Stylite, who lived for many years atop a pillar, and Saint Mary of Egypt, a repentant sinner who lived alone in the deserts of Egypt.

IN COMPANY WITH ANGELS: SEVEN REDISCOVERED TIFFANY WINDOWS

July 14 – October 16, 2016

“Angels Representing Seven Churches,” the central element of this exhibit, is a set of free-standing, eight-foot tall, windows created by Louis Comfort Tiffany in 1902 at Tiffany Studios in New York City. Originally commissioned for a church in Cincinnati, the seven windows depict angels which are almost life-size, illustrating passages from the Bible’s Book of Revelation. Although they form a set, each angel, named according to their Biblical reference, has different characteristics—and a unique personality—depicted in glass through the artistry of Tiffany Studio.

TOYS, TRINKETS, AND TREASURES: THE STORY OF THE NESTING DOLL

February 11– June 26, 2016

Russian Matryoshka dolls, often painted to depict peasants, have become an icon of Russian culture. The bright colors, distinctive shapes, and the imaginative concepts have delighted generations of children and are thoroughly recognizable to young and old alike. The Museum of Russian Icons unveiled its newest addition, a collection of nesting dolls from Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Japan and other countries. These dolls came to the Museum through the generosity of collector Pamela Kruskal who gifted 370 sets in the summer of 2015. The collection contains the story of the nesting doll which extends well beyond the well-known Russian dolls of the 20th century.

DISCOVERING ST. NICHOLAS

November 20, 2015–January 23, 2016

The traveling exhibit Discovering Santa Claus originated from the St. Nicholas Center in Holland, Michigan. The exhibition showcased a vast collection of art, icons, symbols, toys, statues and other treasures from around the world.

FEASTS: EARTHLY CELEBRATIONS OF HEAVENLY EVENTS

September 26–November 7, 2015

This exhibition showcased more than 30 rare icons depicting significant Russian Orthodox feast days, commemorating the annual cycle of holy days, the veneration of saints and the Church’s twelve major feast days.

BYZANTIUM TO RUSSIA: THE ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF RUSSIAN ICONS

Featuring icons from London’s British Museum
May 2– September 12, 2015

Byzantium to Russia was curated by Gordon B. Lankton, Dr. Raoul Smith and Kent dur Russell, and organized by the Museum of Russian Icons. A selection of 35 icons and 30 objects from the British Museum traced the stylistic development of sacred art from the center of Christian civilization to the introduction of Christianity to Russia. The show included icons as well as Byzantine cast metal objects, ivories and engraved gems. This is the first time that the British Museum, London, has lent St John the Baptist (Constantinople c. 1300) and the famous St George and the Dragon (known as the “Black George” Novgorod late 14th century).

THE VIBRANT ART AND STORIED HISTORY OF ETHIOPIAN ICONS

60 Icons & Artifacts from a Private European Collection
January 23–April 18, 2015

The Vibrant Art and Storied History of Ethiopian Icons illustrated the Christian traditions of this legendary East African nation. The exhibition featured 60 small-scale icons, triptychs, and illuminated manuscripts from the 16th century to the present. Several cast-brass processional crosses with intricate designs from the Museum’s own collection, as well as some small pendant crosses fundamental to sacred vestments, icons and a stone-carved triptych were also included.

SIBERIA IMAGINED AND REIMAGINED

September 13, 2014– January 10, 2015

From the everyday to the bizarre, 130 unique and powerful photos by Russian photographers. This exhibit brought photographs of Siberia by Russian photographers to the American public for the first time. Countless images of Siberia by non-Russian photographers have been published and those depictions have shaped perceptions around the world. Siberia Imagined and Reimagined offered an insider’s view.