This Saturday, Some Guy and I visited the Museum of Russian Art, which was much larger and more popular than we had imagined. It is, oddly enough, housed in a spanish mission style former church (see here). The museum has only been in its current location since 2005.
Portraiture of children was one of the approved painting genres.
That note next to a painting of a young soviet sums up pretty well their current exhibit, Russian Realism. Only in Soviet Russia would you find an artistic rendering of Blast Furnace 5. I've never really paid a lot of attention to the choice of subject matter in art, but this exhibit really smacks you upside the head with it. Apparently, if you toe the line really well with pastoral paintings of the Russian countryisde and school children, the state will look the other way if you paint a few nudes.
The other exhibit that the museum has right now is on laquered boxes, the whimsical extravagence of which starkly contrasts the realism exhibit. They were shiny and detailed. Most of the boxes on display were from the mid-1980s.
Regular Admission: $5
Overall Grade: A-
Re-visit?: High revisit value.