Exhibition to Easter

    On April 29, 2021, a themed exhibition “Easter Evening” of Andrii Lipatov” was opened in O.O.Osmerkin Art-Memorial Museum. The exhibition was presented within the art project “One Painting Exhibition” from the museum collection “Modern Ukrainian Fine Art” to Eater – the oldest Christian holiday which symbolizes general revival and renewal of the world because it coincides with spring. This year Easter is celebrated on May 2.
    At the heart of the exposition, there is a painting of a unique master of Ukrainian Naive Art Andrii Lipatiov “Easter Evening”. The artist colorfully represents the moment from the life of the town of Yelisavethrad, which now is called Kropyvnytskyi, and its dwellers who hurry along the old streets with blessed bread to their homes where candles of hopes burn on the festive tables. The exhibition is completed with printed materials – albums, postcards, newspaper and journal articles about the work of the artist.
    Lipatov Andrii Yuriiovych (1960-2010) – a member of the National Union of Folk Art Artists of Ukraine. Original paintings of the artist were exhibited at numerous exhibitions and festivals of folk, decorative and applied, and Naïve art not only in Ukraine but also in France, Russia, Great Britain, and Ireland. Personal vernissages were successfully presented in our town as well as in Odesa, Kyiv, Moscow (Russia), and Cambridge (Great Britain). In 1999, to the 245th anniversary of the town, an exhibition was opened in O.O.Osmerkin Art-Memorial Museum. More than 40 paintings from the series “The Town of Yelisavethrad” and “Folk Pictures” were displayed at it. The theme of a native town, its history, and unique architecture was one of the favorite for Andrii Lipatov. The life of Yelisavethrad dwellers he reflected in the author’s interpretation filled with humor and a positive mood. The works of the talented artist are kept in the collections of numerous museums and private collections in Ukraine and abroad.
    In 2020, O.O.Osmerkin Art-Memorial Museum founded the art project “Biennale of Naïve Art and Primitivism “Velour Cat” named after Andrii Lipatov” to all-Ukrainian Day of Cultural Workers and Folk Art Masters”. The coorganizer of the project is the Kirovohrad Regional Organization of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine.
    It is symbolic that one of the first visitors was the head of the board of the Regional Organization of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine Andrii Khvorost. In 2019, to the 265th anniversary of the town, he suggested the idea to create the mural on the wall of the Museum of Arts. The mural depicted Andrii Lipatov’s painting “Walk along Dvortsova Street” which became the landmark of the modern Kropyvnytskyi. The exhibition was presented by the leading researcher of the museum, Merited Artist of Ukraine Andrii Nadezhdin.

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Poster and the exposition of the exhibition

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Andrii Lipatov
Easter Evening
Oil on canvas
50õ60 cm

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Andrii Khvorost and Andrii Nadezhdin
while exploring the exhibition

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Visitors to the exhibition