A Painting Exhibition “Romanticism and Style in Contemporary Russian Art” by Moscow-based artists Zhanna Yakovleva and Dina Kalinkina, organized within the framework of the Delhi International Arts Festival by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC), was jointly inaugurated by Mr. Ashok Vajpeyi, Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi (National Academy of Art) and Ms. Prathibha Prahlad, Festival Director, Delhi International Arts Festival on November 2, 2011.
The exhibition, marking the valedictory function of the Days of Russian Language, Literature and Culture, will be on display in the premises of the RCSC till November 11, 2011 from 10. 00 a.m. to 6. 30 p.m. every day except Saturday and Sunday.
Underlining the objective of the International Arts Festival, Ms. Prathibha Prahlad said that cutting across geographical barriers and looking beyond cultural stenotypes, the festival is not just the capital’s but the entire nation’s first such initiative. Our mission is to re-install pride in our cultural and artistic tradition in the new generation while simultaneously exposing them to the Arts and Culture of the World so as to develop a healthy understanding and appreciation of diverse cultural practices. The festival is a cultural confluence where boundaries dissolve and the idiom of one world comes alive, she added.
While making his welcome remarks, Mr. Fyodor A. Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC, said that exactly as the title of the exhibition suggests the paintings by the Moscow-based artists on display truly demonstrate the romanticism and style of contemporary Russian art. Zhanna Yakovleva and Dina Kalinkina are real representatives of the top-class Russian contemporary art, and whose works are an admixture of creativity, skill, hard work, commitment and substantial education, he pointed out.
In his noteworthy observation, Mr. Ashok Vajpeyi said that the initiative shown by the RCSC in showcasing the painting works of the Russian artists Zhanna Yakovleva and Dina Kalinkina for the benefit of Indian artists and art-lovers are indeed commendable. Sharing his impressions on the paintings, he said that the lines and colour combination are employed in a brilliant manner reflecting the imagination and style of the artists.
Zhanna Yakovleva, a graduate from Arts Lyceum, Moscow and Strognanov Moscow State University of Industrial and Applied Arts, has the credit of participating in several art exhibitions across the world, particularly in Moscow, Beijing, Paris, Berlin, Penang, Beirut, Hanoi, Damascus. In 2006 and 2007, she took part in the conference held by the Vatican and dedicated to the further development of world science and art, and privileged to have an audience with Pope Benedict XVI. She has won laurels for her excellent works.
Dina Kalinkina, a graduate from the School of Art Craft and Moscow Teachers’Instite-Art Graphic Faculty, and a specialist in metal painting, has the privilege to have organized a fair number of exhibitions in Russia to the great acclaim of art-lovers and the media.