FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
External Relations Associate
MINNEAPOLIS (April 16, 2015) The Museum of Russia Art presents a three-day exhibition dedicated to the Battle of Stalingrad, in collaboration with Rossotrudnichestvo (Russian Cultural Centre) and Russias Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. The exhibition will be on view from May 9 through May 11, 2015. The exhibition includes approximately 60 photographs featuring scenes and participants of the battle, as well as war-period materials and original artwork.
Unprecedented in its scope, the Battle of Stalingrad lasted 200 days, from July 1942 to February 1943, deploying almost two million people, two thousand aircraft, and two thousand tanks. About 800,00 German soldiers and officers were killed, wounded or captured during that time. The Soviet troops defeated five armies: two German, two Romanian and one Italian. The victory of the Soviet troops in the Battle of Stalingrad on February 2, 1943 was a turning point that changed the course of WWII. In his message to Stalin on February 5, 1943, President Roosevelt called the Battle of Stalingrad an epic struggle. The city of Stalingrad, the site of fierce urban warfare, suffered substantial losses. It was renamed Volgograd after Stalins death and awarded the honorary title of the Hero City on the 20th anniversary of the end of WWII in 1965.
Additional support for this exhibit is provided by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and The Dakotas.
About The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA)
The Museum of Russian Art, a non-profit, educational institution, is the only museum in North America dedicated exclusively to the preservation and exhibition of all forms of Russian art and artifacts from many eras. TMORA is located in a state-of-the-art, historical building at 5500 Stevens Ave. S. (intersection of I-35W and Diamond Lake Road) in Minneapolis. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday-Friday), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Saturday) and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Sunday). Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for children 14 and up, as well as university students with ID; children under 14 are free. Museum members receive free admission. To learn more about the Museums exhibitions, events and history, visit http://tmora.org/ or call 612-821-9045.
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, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota.