TMORA and MIC Host Tretyakov Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
External Relations Associate
MINNEAPOLIS (April 14, 2015) On Wednesday April 8, 2015, The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA), in partnership with the Minnesota International Center (MIC), hosted a welcome event to greet the new Director of the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Russia, Zelfira Tregulova, during her first visit to Minneapolis. Receiving her appointment in February, 2015, Ms. Tregulova previously served as the Deputy Director for Exhibitions and International Relations at the Kremlin Museums and Director of the ROSIZO State Museum and Exhibition Center. The speakers for the evening were TMORA Director Vladimir von Tsurikov, President of the Minnesota International Center Carol Engebretson Byrne and the Director of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Zelfira Tregulova. In his opening remarks, the Director of The Museum of Russian Art recognized the importance of cultural collaborations, emphasizing the role of cultural diplomacy in the times of political confrontations. The MIC President Carol Byrne spoke about the mission of the MIC to serve as the door to the world for Minnesota. She further explained that the organizations focus on building bridges would bring more collaboration with TMORA. Ms. Tregulova spoke about the Tretyakov Gallery and stated that strengthening cultural collaborations between Russia and the US would be an important aspect of her work at the Tretyakov Gallery
The event was attended by TMORA Board members, TMORA founder Ray Johnson, members of the academic and business communities and both TMORA and MIC members.
The State Tretyakov Gallery possesses a unique collection of Russian art masterpieces that span a period of one thousand years. The Gallery was founded by a Russian merchant and patron of the arts, Pavel Tretyakov. He donated his collection to the city of Moscow in 1892. The State Tretyakov Gallery has since become a world famous Museum. Today it contains more than 170,000 works by Russian artists from early religious paintings to modern art.
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 event was 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.