Museum of Russian Art’s former president honored

Russian Ambassador to visit Southwest museum

TANGLETOWN — The Russian Ambassador to the United States was scheduled to visit Southwest Monday night to honor the former president of The Museum of Russian Art, 5500 Stevens Ave. S.

Bradford Shinkle IV was to receive the Order of Friendship from Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in a private ceremony at the museum. Shinkle was president of The Museum of Russian Art from its organization in 2000 to 2007.

Kislyak will present the award on behalf of Russian Federation President Dmitry Medvedev.

Museum founder Raymond Johnson received the Order of Friendship from former President Vladimir Putin in 2006. The award is one of the highest honors given to foreign citizens by the Russian Federation, Lana Gendlin Brooks, the museum’s director of operations, said.

“It’s really a high honor, and a big deal for us,” Brooks said.

It will be the Russian ambassador’s first visit to Minnesota, she added.

Shinkle mounted the first U.S. solo exhibition of Soviet painter Geli Korzhev in 2007. Mpls.St.Paul Magazine named the show “Best Art Exhibition of the Year 2007.”

On display now at The Museum of Russian Art is a collection of Soviet-era postage stamps dating from the 1917Bolshevik Revolution through the 1950s.

“Postage Stamps: Messengers of the Soviet Future” runs through Sept. 20. 321-9045.