September 18, 2014 an opening of the exhibition “Dvortsova Street – the past and the
present” of author’s photographs by a well-known Kirovograd photojournalist Igor
Demchuk took place in A.A.Osmerkin Art-Memorial Museum. The exhibition was held within the
framework of the art project “At the crossroads of Elisavetgrad – Kirovograd”
initiated by the museum to the 260th anniversary of the town. The aim of the project is to
present streets of Kirovograd in photographs showing succession of architectural language
from the town foundation to the present as indissoluble history of construction of an
integral urban environment, recreating life of dwellers and visitors of the town, and to
awake interest of vast masses in studying their past.
Dvortsova Street is one of the longest main central streets of the town
where significant historical and architectural monuments are situated. They were
constructed by prominent architects of the past A.Dostoevskyj, O.Lyshnevckyj, Ya.Pauchenko
and also by modern authors – continuators of past traditions, laureates of Regional
Award in the sphere of architecture, heraldy and vexillology and decorative and applied
arts named after Yakov Pauchenko.
Architectural gems of the past and the present merge into one time
extension in the photographs that are shown at the exhibition. The photographs are full of
life in all its manifestations – holidays and work days, children’s smiles and payment
of last respect to the heroes, admiration for art beauty and desire to create, fill
one’s consciousness and so the future with light and joy.
The author’s slide show by I.Demchuk was presented during the opening
of the exhibition. It showed Dvortsova Street with its architectural creations and
interesting everyday stories of Kirovograd dwellers. A theme booklet “Dvortsova Street
– the past and the present”, made by the museum staff, was also presented. All
visitors had an opportunity not only to receive the booklet but also to get an autograph
from the master.