By Tatiana Shurovskaya
The Last Supper joint exhibition at the Rumyantsev-Paskevich Palace is organised for the first time, being one of many events held during 2011 in Gomel — the cultural capital of Belarus and the CIS this year.
Andrey Dubinin’s Geist+arbeiter is translated into Russian as ‘worker of spirit’. Some of his works are dedicated to the theme of The Last Supper. Jesus is shown with his first apostles although the master offers his own portrayal, differing from the classical. He has also been inspired by the ‘Cantico delle creature’ prayer, by St. Francis of Assisi.
Mr. Dubinin studied at the Belarusian Arts Academy and has been working in Italy for the past decade. In 2008, he was awarded Rome’s Biennale of International Art diploma. His works on show are supplemented by a thematic composition of wax figurines — The Last Supper — from St. Petersburg’s Peter and Paul Fortress (State History Museum). Jesus and his apostles repeat Leonardo da Vinci’s famous fresco from Milan’s Santa Maria delle Grazie church, which has remained a mystery for five centuries.