From Non-Conformism to Feminisms: Russian Women Artists from the Kolodzei Art Foundation at the Museum of Russian Art (TMORA), Minneapolis, September 15, 2018 – February 10, 2019

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From Non-Conformism to Feminisms: Russian Women Artists from the Kolodzei Art Foundation at the Museum of Russian Art (TMORA), Minneapolis, September 15, 2018 – February 10, 2019.


North America’s only major museum devoted to Russian art, history, and culture opens an unprecedented exhibition of women artists from Russia. The artworks on display highlight Russian alternative culture, tracing its development from Krushchev’s “Thaw” to the art of the post-Soviet decade and contemporary developments. The exhibition opens with a public reception from 6:30-8:30pm on Saturday, September 15, and Tatiana and Natalia Kolodzei will present a gallery talk at 6pm on Sunday, September 16. The exhibition From Nonconformism to Feminisms: Women Artists from the Kolodzei Art Foundation is on view at the Museum of Russian Art (TMORA), 5500 Stevens Ave S. Minneapolis, Minnesota 55419 from September 15, 2018 to February 10, 2019.

The artists on view range in age from 30 to 80+, representing several stages in the evolution of nonconformist and independent art in Russia. The exhibition visually explores the development and accomplishments of women artists from Russia since the 1960s and emphasizes the importance of media experimentation for contemporary Russian artists. The show includes works in many media: painting, works on paper, photography, video, and interactive installations.

The first generation consists of artists who began their careers at the time of Khrushchev's “Thaw” of the 1950’s and took part in the first, crucial, unofficial exhibitions of the 1970’s, including Lydia Masterkova, Valentina Kropivnitskaya, Tatiana Levitskaia, and Rimma Gerlovina. The next generation includes artists who participated in the initial exhibitions and others who became involved in the early 1980’s, including Natalia Nesterova, Tatyana Nazarenko, Olga Bulgakova, Anna Birshtein, Natalia Shibanova, Lusy Voronova, Diana Vouba, Svetlana Kalistratova, and Valentina Lebedeva-Lesin. The latest generation is made up of artists whose works date from post-perestroika and post-Soviet period from the late 1980's to the present, including Irina Danilova, Natalia Kamenetskaia, Alexandra Dementieva, Alla Esipovich, Marina Koldobskaya, Tatiana Antoshina, Irene Caesar, Elena Kallistova, Marina Kolotvina, Victoria Kovalenchikova, Natalia Elkonina, Dorothee Chemiakine, Marina Karpova, Anna Frants, Tatiana Krol, Elena Gubanova, Ludmila Belova, Olga Tobreluts, Aidan Salakhova, Katya Filippova, Elena Sarni, Svetlana Martinchik, Marina Gertsovskaia, Alena Anosova, Marina Chernikova, Natalia Abalakova, Innessa Levkova-Lamm, Olga Lamm, Tatiana Daniliyants, Julia Winter, and Natalia Sitnikova.


The Kolodzei Art Foundation, Inc., a US-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public foundation started in 1991, organizes exhibitions and cultural exchanges in museums and cultural centers in the United States, Europe and Russia, often utilizing the considerable resources of the Kolodzei Collection, and publishes books on Russian art.  The Kolodzei Collection of Russian and Eastern European Art is one of the world’s largest collections, consisting of over 7,000 works by more than 300 artists from Russia and the former Soviet Union. For more information, visit


The Museum of Russian Art is conveniently located at the intersection of 35W and Diamond Lake Road in South Minneapolis. Open daily; free parking lot available. For more information, visit, or call 612-821-9045.