To 110th Anniversary of Oleksandr Syrotenko’s birth
Oleksandr Syrotenko (1897–1975),
Nadiya Syrotenko (1920–2005), Oleksandr Vovk (1922–2004), Serhiy Vovk (born in 1958)
Curators: Halyna Alaverdova, Iryna Voziyanova
16.02 – 18.03.2007
Opening: 16.02 (Friday) at 17.00
“Family exhibition” affords observers with an opportunity to see works of the legendary Oleksandr Syrotenko (1897–1975), whose 110th birthday is celebrated this year, his daughter Nadiya Syrotenko (1920–2005), her husband, known artist Oleksandr Vovk (1922–2004) and their son Serhiy Vovk (born in 1958). The exposition includes painints showing different periods of artists’ creativity, genre and type variety of their heritage and nowadays. Over 150 works from the National Art Museum of Ukraine’s and family collections are presented in the exhibition.
Oleksandr Syrotenko (1897–1975) was born in picturesque village Vorozhba in Sumy Region. He spent his childhood and youth in Konotop city, where lived all his father’s family – orphan kozaks that had settled here in ХVIII century.
In 1913 he entered the Kyiv Fine Arts School, study methods of which inspired individual talent features development base on the understanding of picture and painting content. In school years of О.Syrotenko at the time of I.Selezniov’s directorship – a severe head of the nature class, and later on – of F.Krychevskiy’s time. Teachers – H.Krushevskiy, I.Strunnikov, H.Diadchenko, F.Krasytskiy – were high-quality oriented. This influenced on esthetic and philosophic position of O.Syrotenko in dynamic and multi-directional art life of Ukraine in the first decades of ХХ century.
Widely recognized work of the Master is a “Rest” (1927, NAMU), which became a significant one in local painting of the first third of ХХ century. This painting was the end of his studies in Kyiv Fine Arts Institute (1921–1927). He was one of the first alumnus of Fedir Krychevskiy’s painting studious, students of which step by step passed through the art educational program from the first till the last year. О. Syrotenko was the follower of his teacher and landsman – F.Krychevsky adhering to his artistic ideals during all his life.
Painter, wonderful artist, single-hearted teacher О.Syrotenko provided his great input into the art education area in Ukraine. During ten years he’d been a professor of Kyiv State Fine Arts Institute (currently the National Fine Arts and Architecture Academy) and taught the basis of artist profession – the drawing. Among his numerous students are V.Odainyk, V.Hurin and lots of others.
Non-formal and non-official his learners and followers appreciating and respecting their teacher’s aims were the members of O.Syrotenko’s family – his daughter Nadiya Syrotenko (1920–2005), his son-in-law Oleksandr Vovk (1922–2004), honored artist of Ukraine, and his grand-son Serhiy Vovk (born in 1958).
Each of these artists has his own art face, but the integrity of artistic ideals, art principles created a phenomenon of artistic family that includes three generations. Living and working back-to-back, its members created a range of works, among which there are true masterpieces. Works of all four artists hold pride of place in museum and private collections of Ukraine and lots of countries world-wide.
Documents from the family archive, rare editions and photographs are included in the exposition in addition to paintings.
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