A week-long Exhibition of Painting by Russian Artists “Journey from East to West and Back, or Dreams of India” from the private collection of M. Kartopolova was inaugurated at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture on November 15, 2011. A couple of paintings by Nicholas Roerich “Russia” (1930, pastel on canvas) and “Tibet” (1930, canvas, card board, pastel) are also on display.
Mr. Fyodor A. Rozovskiy, while making his welcome remarks, described the exhibition as unique since it represented the very spirit and soul of India. In the long run, the exhibition carries a message of cultural affinity between the two countries and seeks to bring together artists of both sides, he added.
Mr. Naren Bhiku Ram Jain, Director, Art Mall & General Secretary, Bhiku Ram Jain Foundation, Chief Guest of the function, noted that the exhibition leaves a deep imprint on Indian viewers, particularly artists, upon the brilliant contribution of Russian artists bringing to the fore their skill in reproducing interesting facets of India through colours and lines.
Sharing her impressions, the artist M. Kartopolova said that her endeavour in showcasing an exhibition of such magnitude is a ‘dream-come-true’. The history and culture of India with all its vicissitudes had left an indelible impression in her from the early life, she said.
A total of 35 exhibits include paintings by the “Odissi Dance” under the Myths of India series by Honoured Artist of Russian Federation Peter Toropov, oil paintings on canvas by Larisa Pastushkova, “Indian Dreamers Series” by Sergey Baranov, oil paintings by A. Misyuryov, etc.
For Peter Toropov, the most striking and significant features in Indian culture are dance, sculpture and ornament. Odissi, a classical temple dance of Orissa, is often related to the sculpture. Larisa Pastushkova, a painter, graphic artist and Member of the Russian Painters’ Union, has her works inspired by her visits to India in the 1990s. A deep influence of Indian philosophy can be discerned in her painting, which speaks a visual language that seeks to interpret the Indian scenery in the large context of its cultural overtones. Sergey Baranov is an artist, who works with clarity of meaning and concepts. Through his works, he refers to big names like Nocholas Roerich, Alexander of Macedon, Columbus, Napoleon and Kant, who are directly or indirectly linked to India.
The exhibition will remain open till November 22, 2011 from 10. 00 to 6. 30 p.m. every day except Saturday and Sunday.