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Baltic motives that bend

A new exhibition called Baltic motives opened in Maritime exhibition center of  Museum of the World Ocean in Svetlogorsk city (Kaliningrad region).

The exhibition shows private collection of paintings by Lithuanian artist Arvydas Kašauskas. This is the only opportunity to have a look at the amazing canvas showing native landscapes precious to any Baltic state dweller. Landscapes that were magically transformed by the author’s talent and skills. Counsil General of the Republic of Lithuania, Mr. Olegas Skinderskis, visited the opening ceremony along with the other special guests. He emphasized high importance of this exhibition and other events of the type for good neighborly relationship between our countries. The owner of the collection, Igor Kirikov, shared his story on how he started collecting pieces of art. According to him, there is some symbolism in the fact that it was a painting of the other Lithuanian artist that set things in motion. The case that encouraged Mr. Kirikov to collect pieces of art happened during the visit to Counsil General of the Republic of Lithuania. There was an event devoted to 10th anniversary of architect Liudvikas Kubilius work in Kaliningrad region. In the Counsil’s office Mr.Kirikov got a sight of some works by Henrika Bartkutė. He decided to find the artist to get a copy of the painting he loved the most. But what he received was an original work made specially for him (by the way, one can see some works by Henrika Bartkutė in Museum of the World Ocean conference-hall.

Magnificent 3-meter panel picture decorates the stage of the hall). Since that time he started to join in paintings, travel to Lithuania, visit plein-air events. In 2013 Igor met Arvydas Kašauskas. After that he visited the painter’s studio many times. “His works are very positive, they energize you. It rarely occurs in our daily routine. Moreover, one can hardly find an artist that loves his motherland so much”.

Museum scientific worker and art expert Pavel Matviets noted that Kašauskas’s paintings are full of poetry. On the one hand, his works are very moderate; on the other hand, they are very emotional inside. History of the whole Lithuanian art itself is reflected in his paintings. They vividly show both diversity of nature and character of the Lithuanians.


The River of Time

bojkoA new decorative and applied art display at the Museum of the World Ocean by Vladimir Boyko (carver from Ussuri krai) is devoted to the indigenous people in Priamurye – hunters, fishers, children, senior residents and shamans. The main topic of the exhibition is the native people’s harmony with nature.

Vladimir Boyko is a unique person. He taught himself carving and with no professional education Boyko is a recognized craftsman, well-known both in Russia and worldwide. His exhibitions were held in Moscow, Vladivostok, Ussurijsk, Japan and Korea.

He has created the collection for over 20 years. Boyko works directly with wood (linden is his favourite material) – with no sketches or rough drawings – he feels it and sees a new character inside a workpiece.

In his works the author reveals the beauty and spirituality of the native smaller peoples of Priamurye — Nanai, Manchu, Ulch, Negidals, Nivkhs, Evenks, Orochs and Udege, mainly inhabiting Amur Oblast, Khabarovsk Krai, Primorye and the Strait of Tartary coastline.

The modern art of people in Priamurye is a wonderful combination of traditions and novations, mythic characters of the past and the present days.


Inspired by the Sea

shtukkenbergThe River of TiThe Museum of the World Ocean and the Primorye State Art Gallery (Vladivostok) present the works by the first Russian Far East seascape artist, captain Nikolay Stuckenberg (1880–1937). The exhibition titled Inspired by the Sea is located at the Packgaus exhibition hall and consists of 19 paintings. The exhibition is timed to the 135 th artist’s anniversary. Moreover, it is held in the year of the 50 th anniversary of the Primorye State Art Gallery to pay respect to the first Vladivostok collectors – the Brynner family whose private collection became a basis for N. Stuckenberg art display at the Primorye State Art Gallery.

The exhibition had been first presented onboard the museum icebreaker Krasin, the Branch of the Museum of the World Ocean in Saint Petersburg, before it came to Kaliningrad. Nikolay Stuckenberg was a captain of the famous icebreaker in 1934—1936. As a rule, the author did not put dates on his works, but they are supposed to be created in the Russian Far East in 1910—1930. The artist depicted not only seascapes but the rich nature of those places: woods, lagoons and flowers.

The first display of Stuckenberg art, comprising 100 pieces, was held at the International Club of Vladivostok in 1923.


From the White Sea to the Black Sea

 

O March 25 (Friday) at 1 p.m., a photo project “From the White Sea to the Black Sea” is opened at “Maritime Koenigsberg-Kaliningrad” exhibition hall of the Museum of the World Ocean. The exhibition comprises over 100 photographs made during the trip along the waterways in Russia: from the Solovetsky Islands to Sebastopol. Liberty.SU yacht photo expedition uniting 19 photographers from various cities started in 2013 and finished in 2014. They met many people on their way and learnt numerous stories that have been depicted in their photographs – everyday life and personal stories of people of various age, professions, social strata who life on the shoreline. The photographers highlighted the scale of hydraulic structures, rivers, seas and lakes as well as the identity of various nationalities and ethnic groups who live along the waterways in Russia. The pictures show how they take care of water and land ecology, how they preserve natural and cultural heritage. The works by Oleg Klimov are the core of the exhibition. He cooperates with “Ogoniok”, “Time”, “Izvestia”, “Komsomolskaya Pravda”, “The Times”, “Washington Post”, etc. During the expedition Oleg was not only a photographer but a captain of the yacht “Freelancer” the project participants sailed on. 

When the expedition was over, the photographers officially underlined that “it was not easy for our ancestors to explore rivers; they went to the sea and demonstrated the necessity of exploring new territories. At the present moment, it was not easy for us – documentary photographers who just tell stories about the people living near water and about the country where you live”.

 


People Of The Sea

On April 16, a unique ethnographic exhibition – People of the Sea – opens at the Maritime Exhibition Centre in Svetlogorsk. By this date, the museum staff are to transform 3 000 m² into a “Southeast Asia”. A unique ethnographic collection will move visitors to the world of primitive tribes, mystery religions and excellent handicraft by native artists. About 1 000 items – cult objects, masks, puppets, weapons – were collected by a German traveler in Indonesia (New Guinea, Java, Timor, Sumatra, Sulawesi and Bali) as well as in India, China and Nepal  in the 1960s-90s. These people’s life is closely interrelated with the sea, so it is clearly seen in the materials, symbols and themes. According to the ethnographers, it is one of the five best collections in Europe. In 2015, a Russian entrepreneur and patron V.Shcherbakov acquired the collection and lent it to the Museum of the World Ocean for a display.  Guests have already got to know a small part of the collection at the Maritime Exhibition Centre. Some exhibits are exclusive and displayed in Russia for the first time.

The exhibition is located on two levels: on the ground floor one can get to know unique primitive cultures of New Guinea: Asmat and Dani tribes. Exhibits devoted to the culture and art of Bali, Hindustan and Southeast Asia will be presented in the largest hall.

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