Few artists can capture laughter with paint. ‘Milkmaids’ is TMORA’s ‘Mona Lisa.’ I have a print in my office for contemplation.
One of my favorite art museums is the Museum of Russian Art (TMORA). Unlike the many art museums in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, TMORA is small, and to its credit, very intimate. It’s a converted church with a collection dedicated to Russian and other Slavic art. TMORA has a wonderful permanent collection of fine Soviet-era painting. You won’t find Romanov portraits here! The era dedicated its art to laborers, world wars and peasants.
TMORA is a real gem. If the Minneapolis Art Institute is the Twin Cities’ Louvre, then TMORA is its d’Orsay. The museum is just off highway 35W, south of downtown Minneapolis. It’s a cinch to find and there’s free museum parking across the street. TMORA’s museum shop has beautiful amber jewelry, silver and lovely porcelains.