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PAINTING

VOLODYMYR RESHETOV
HENRI YAGODKIN
KATERYNA KOSYANENKO
TETYANA YAGODKINA
PETRO BEVZA
ALEXSANDER KUDRIAVCHENKO

GRAPHIC

GRYGORIY SOKIRINSKIY
ANNA NOSENKO
VOLODYMYR RESHETOV

SCULPTURE

GENNADIY TITOV
KLIM STEPANOV
OLEKSANDR KUZMIN

ENAMEL

OLEKSII KOVAL

UKRAINE, POLAND  AND  HUNGARY

Many European countries are known to represent beautiful, with the added mystery of Ukraine, Poland and Hungary being rarely surpassed. In fact some refer to them as the capital of such beauty. As far back as the mid-twentieth century several Western academics including, Czesław Miłosz and more recently, Yuri Andrukhovych have expressed an interest in the idea of a Central Europe that does not oppose Western Europe, but more one that complements it.

Highlighting the differences Aleksander Fiut famously said that «Central Europe happened to be able to preserve values, including ethical values which in Western Europe faded and scattered long ago.»

Now in modern times this idea is reinforced with the rebirth of cultural constituent parts throughout the Ukraine, Poland and Hungary.

Whatever clashes have occurred between these three nations in the past has not detracted from the artistic merit they have to offer and none more so than the contemporaries; Taras Shevchenko, Adam Mickiewicz and Sándor Petőfi. It would be easy to imagine these three befriending one another, but sadly it was never the case. One found himself in exile, another at war and the third emigrating. Still they were as unified by their negation of the Empire as were the painters Shevchenko, Matejko and Munkácsy.

Artdoes not require translation and is generally understood, or at least appreciated regardless of culture, heritage and nationality. It achieves this status largely through media attention, galleries and museums the world over.

This is especially true in the East, which is largely occupied by authors from ‘monopolist’ countries such as those of Europe and America. Whilst the talent of these is not in question there is a strong argument that others are and have been overlooked in their favor at times — perhaps unfairly so.

Painters of the Ukraine, Poland and Hungary have responded to this with a unique appeal to both the East and the West. Shevchenko himself painted Eastern children with undisguised sympathy and sentiment. In fact it is only in Central Europe that the phenomenon of an author belonging to several national cultures is common...

Trans Carpathian Adalbert Erdályi was a Hungarian by ethnicity and yet brilliantly represented by Ukrainian pictorial tradition. Moreover, Henryk Siemiradzky was born in a small village near Kharkiv and yet is a national painter of Poland.

While the world is so often torn by contradictions, painters of Central Europe are on the same wavelength as one another. Perhaps this is due to a shared language at times, with both Hungarian and Polish spoken in the Western Ukraine.

Regardless, the undisputable power of Central European art is incomparable in many ways, particularly in terms of the originality of its impressions. Cultural heritage of these countries plays a part here, as does the unspoken language of art, which can be felt throughout history here...

The famous post-modernist Borges joked once «I have never read Hungarian poetry, but I am sure there are a lot of masterpieces there.» Within half a century Hungarian cinema school became renowned the world over, just as it had for Poland years before.

Next on the waiting list is Ukrainian art, but unlike cinematography, paintings can do without astounding investments and marketing in order to reach the hearts and minds of another country more quickly.

By this standard it would be impossible to overestimate the noble initiative of N2N — a Ukrainian gallery inspired by multi-cultural ideas and anuntarnished love of art. Its mission is not limited to therepresentation of one country or another, but uniquely in its «unity in parity» concept. It is this that offers the special inner affinity creating the links to this cultural chain, which naturally stretches itself between continents, consolidating their union forever.


Oleg Sydor-Hibelynda


   
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