July 26, 2019, O.O.Osmerkin Art-Memorial Museum hosted an opening of one painting
exhibition “Yakiv Pauchenko’s Blue Cathedral”, dedicated to Baptism of Kyivan
Rus-Ukraine Day. This day has been celebrated for more than 10 years on July 28, on the
feast day of St.Prince Volodymyr, at the State level according to the relevant Decree of
the President of Ukraine.
The basis of the unusual museum exhibition is the painting “Blue
Cathedral” by a well-known Kropyvnytskyi artist, Merited Artist of Ukraine, Serhii
Shapovalov. It depicts a unique monument of history, city planning, and architecture of
1912 of the national importance – the Ascension Cathedral in Bobrynets town of
Kirovohrad region. It was built on the project of a talented Yelisavethrad architect Yakiv
Pauchenko. The Iconostasis was made in the architect’s iconostasic, art, icon-painting,
and gilding studio inherited from his father.
The story of the painting creation and the way it got to the museum is
worth knowing. The work was created by the artist in 2014, and this fact is symbolic for
the museum staff because 100 years earlier the architect Yakiv Pauchenko, being 48 years
old, passed away, leaving amazing buildings of our town for us. Serhii Shapovalov
presented the painting to the museum collection on March 21, 2016 – on Yakiv Pauchenko’s
birthday during the festive events to the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the
architect. Before the festive events, the town authorities renamed after the architectone
of the central streets, where the architect’s house (now the museum of his nephew
Oleksandr Osmerkin) is located.
The exhibition is completed by the original materials form the museum
collection – the Diploma of Yakiv Pauchenko, graduate of the College of Painting,
Sculpture, and Architecture of Moscow Art Union of 1896, and copies of the cards from the
photo album that were preserved in the Department of a Rare Book in the Regional Universal
Scientific Library named after D.I.Chyzhevskyi and which brightly illustrates the
successful work of the icon-painting studio of the architect. There is Yakiv Pauchenko’s
photo near the Cathedral iconostasis in the album.