Playground of the Autocrats: Presentation and Interview with Artist Anne Bobroff-Hajal

Friday, November 13, 2020, 12 p.m. PST

Join the Wende Museum, in partnership with the Museum of Russian Icons, for a look at their current exhibition Playground of the AutocratsWorks by Anne Bobroff-HajalBobroff-Hajal has drawn on animation techniques, icons, and formats such as graphic novels to tell stories of Russian geography and history. In each comical yet deadly-serious polyptych, she paints hundreds of 3 inch high portraits of people—from slaves and serfs to nobles and autocrats—at moments of intense struggle to achieve their goals within their particular social system and time. Explore her work in a 30-minute presentation, followed by an interview with Wende’s chief curator Joes Segal. A live Q+A with the audience will conclude the program.


Museum of Russian Icons
Founded by plastics engineer Gordon Lankton, the Museum is located in Clinton, Massachusetts and houses the largest collection of Russian icons and related artifacts in the United States. The Museum serves as the leading center for research and scholarship through the Center for Icon Studies and other institutional collaborations.


Anne Bobroff-Hajal's art has been widely exhibited. Most recently Columbia University’s Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies had a solo exhibit of her art about Russia titled Peasants, Clans, and Effervescent Absolutists! A richly-illustrated 110-page digital catalogue, Darling Godsonny: Ivan the Terrible Advises the Infant Stalin, about her art, artistic process, and its Russian history content accompanied the Columbia exhibit. Bobroff-Hajal earned a Ph.D. in Russian history for which she conducted extensive research while living for a year in the Soviet Union.