Theme photo exhibition "Stop and admire" is exposed in
commemoration of the 145th anniversary of Elisavetgrad architect Jakov Pauchenko. The
exhibition presents colour art photographs of architectural buildings constructed on the
Pauchenko Jakov Vasilevich was born on March 21, 1866 in Elisavetgrad. He
received his first art education at Evening Drawing Classes under Elisavetgrad real
school. J.Pauchenko graduated from the School of painting, sculpture and architecture of
Moscow Art Society.
Jakov Pauchenko is one of the architects, who created the unique modern
architectural ensembles of the historic city centre of Elisavetgrad. Not for nothing,
Regional Award in architecture, heraldy and decorative and applied arts was named after
him. The Award was founded in 2002.
St. Anna's Hospital of the Red Cross (now - Municipal Kirovograd hospital ¹
2), Golidenberg's electric-water-hospital (now - Municipal Kirovograd hospital ¹ 3),
Doctor Vaysenberg's house (now - building of Regional Administration of public health),
Doctor Meytus's house (now - Kirovograd G.Neuhaus children's music school), International
Credit Bank (17 Lenin Str.), Gostinniy courtyard (now - the building of Security Service
of Ukraine), theatre "Illusion" (now - School of Arts), many private houses were
built on J.Pauchenko's projects.
In total J.Pauchenko created more than 20 recorded objects and it's only for
48 years of life. Elisavetgrad newspaper "The voice of South" wrote in 1914:
"… a number of buildings created by him, point to his talent as an architect… He
was the first to give examples of artistic architecture in our town, and it is his
Jakov Vasiljevich did his best to introduce a spirit of culture and art into
provincial town, and his own house (built on the basis of J.Pauchenko's project in 1899,
now - Art-Memorial Museum of A.A.Osmerkin) was a base for it. This building had become
architect's unique landmark; it is a highly professional example of unification of the
leading architecture styles of that time - "brick" and "neo-Russian".
The house not only reflected the nature of his creator, moreover it embodied high essence
of art - a freedom to choose. Musical and theatrical evenings took place there; projects
of future architectural buildings were created in the same house. J.V.Pauchenko's nephew
Sasha (future famous painter, professor of art Alexander Alexandrovich Osmerkin) was
raised in this atmosphere.
Jakov Pauchenko died on October 29, 1914 and was buried in Petropavlovskoe
graveyard, which does not exists at present. J.Pauchenko's grave had vanished under
foundations of new buildings, but his town - in which we live - remained.
So, the photovernisage "Stop and admire" is, somehow, an invitation
to take a walk around the city of Jakov Pauchenko, escaping for a moment from our
transient and fussy life, in order to admire wonderful architectural works, enjoy splendid
ornaments of the buildings and feel tincture of the past centuries.
Exhibited photographs are made by Igor Demchuk, a member of the National
Union of photoartists and journalists of Ukraine. Photographs in original author's
interpretation vividly show style peculiarities fo J.V.Pauchenko's architectural works,
underline his creative style, which is characterized by restriction united with a special
sense of monumentality, special attitude to architectural detail, preservation of art
language principles of the epoch.
Sense of special "music of stone", potential of photostandard and
original exposition search are organically united in Igor Demchuk's photographs, as
eclectic and modern historic reminiscences in Jakov Pauchenko's works.
Carving the fragments of architecture from space of commonness, art
photographer Igor Demchuk set us stop and think - what is our modern move into the future,
and he makes us realize our attitude to native town, love it and wish to make it