In the heart of Paris
Exhibition of Belarusian painters solemnly opens in French capital with support of Belarusian Embassy
The Territory of the Soul project, uniting works by three painters — Andrey Dubinin, Alexey Kuzmich and Gloria Ran — has taken place at the Soufflot Art Gallery, at Sorbonne University, located in the very heart of Paris, in the Latin Quarter.
At the official opening ceremony of the exhibition a representative of the Belarusian Embassy in France noted that painting has always been one of the connecting links for the cultures of the two countries. He mentioned famous Belarusian artists related to France such as Marc Chagall, Leon Bakst and Chaim Soutine, alongside some contemporary Belarusian artists, who live and work in France, such as Roman Zaslonov, Boris Zaborov and Irina Kotova.
Attending the opening of the exhibition were diplomats, representatives of the Belarusian diaspora, teachers and students of Sorbonne. The Paris audience saw various works, including Andrey Dubinin’s 12 Apostles series. His pictures went on display many times in Belarus, as well as in Italy and Germany.
Visitors have been able to assess Alexey Kuznich’s artworks, under the theme ‘Madonna’s Temple’. The image of Belarusian womanhood played an important role in the painter’s life and he expressed his creative credo in the following way: ‘He who loves a woman loves the world; he who draws a woman is assisted by God’.
The third participant of the project is young artist Gloria Ran, a fourth-year student of the Belarusian State Academy of Arts (Easel Painting Chair). She has already displayed her works in France: her works were on show in Cannes in 2015. This time she has brought her landscapes and still-life paintings this time. The current exhibition in France will stay open until late July.
By Alexander Pimenov
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