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To help pay for its $4 million "Russia!" exhibition, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York has temporarily raised admission to $18 from $15.

But that doesn't seem to have hurt attendance. During the show's first three weeks it opened on Sept. 16 it attracted more than 85,000 visitors, about 10 percent more than "The Aztec Empire" last year. What the public may also not realize is that "Russia!" consists of more than simply the exhibition filling the main galleries on Fifth Avenue; there are two related exhibitions. In the museum's Sackler Center for Arts Education is "Reflections: Socialist Realism and Russian Art." That show, which opened Oct. 5 and runs through Jan. 22, consists of 25 paintings from the five- month-old Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis. It has been organized as a teaching show, highlighting Russian life and culture as well as the myths and misconceptions often associated with Russian painting created from the mid-1930s to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The show, divided into city and country life, includes major artists from the period like Geli Korzhev, Aleksei Gritsai, Vladimir Stozharov and Aleksandr Deineka, whose "Collective Farm Worker on a Bicycle" is shown above. Russia has also come to the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum in Las Vegas, where "Russia! The Majesty of the Tsars: Treasures From the Kremlin Museum" is on view until Jan. 15. Included are works of fine, decorative and applied arts, many from royal collections dating from the 16th and 17th centuries.

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