August 31, 2015
When we think of painting, we tend to think of people like the Dutch masters — Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Halls, and so on. Or maybe we think a bit further back to some of Italy’s work in the Renaissance, like Leonardo da Vinci, or Michelangelo. Maybe, if we’re very aware, we even remember that there were some British, French, Spanish, German, and American painters. But that’s about where it stops. We tend to forget that there’s a whole half of Europe — and a continent beyond — that we’ve left out (we’re not even going to touch on “The East” here).But that’s where the MoRA — the Museum of Russian Art — comes in. Located at 80 Grand St., Jersey City, the MoRA acts as a cultural Mecca for Russian art in the US.
A Wonderful Notion, Fully RealizedMoRA has its beginnings in 1980, when it was founded as the C.A.S.E. Museum of Russian Art in Exile. Since then, it has been one of the best places in the United States to see Russian Art. MoRA has also helped the community come to appreciate Russian art through the various exhibitions and lectures that it holds. Not only that, but the museum also plays a formative role in the burgeoning Russian art market in New York, London, and Moscow!
CollectionMoRA has a wonderful collection of Russian art, very large for an American museum. Most of the works come from the private collection of Alexander Glezer, a human rights activist who donated very generously during the museum’s formative years. The museum’s collections currently include — in addition to the exhibitions that regularly pass through — paintings up through the late Soviet period. A very interesting time, indeed!
If art is your thing, and you’d like to spice up your life a bit with something different, go check out the MoRA! Travel there and back on the Seastreak, and we’ll make sure that you — like the MoRA’s paintings – are handled with care and delivered on-time.
Sea you Soon!The Seastreak Family
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