In the South Korean capital, the "Russian Literature through the Eyes of Students of the Ilya Repin St. Petersburg Academy of Arts" exhibition was inaugurated on November 24, 2021. The literary works of the great Russian writers are the key theme that the young artists' works reveal. All the works at the exhibition are executed in various graphic techniques: drawing, watercolour, engraving and etching.
The purpose of the exhibition is to give an idea as to how young artists interpret the Russian classics, finding motifs in consonance with our times in them. The opening ceremony was attended by Yoon Hyo - Deputy Director of the House of Literature, Kim Sung Myung - Director of the Pushkin House, Kim Jongkyu -Chairman of the National Cultural Heritage Foundation, Alexei Lebedev, Director of the Russian Seasons project, and SemyonMikhailovsky, Rector of the Ilya Repin Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg. During the ceremony, Ms. Kim praised the students' work and quoted one of the poems by the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, inspired by what she observed.
For the Korean viewers, the exhibition will be a guide to the Russian art school through the prism of great Russian literature. Itwill give voice to the issues that contemporary artists are dealing with around the world - rethinking heritage and searching for new methods of language of expression within the established school. The familiarity of Koreans with Russian literature did not begin until the early twentieth century, but the characters of great Russian writers are reflected in many Korean works. For example, Anton Chekhov inspired a pleiad of Korean short stories by Hyun-Jin-geon, Kim Dong-in, and Na Hye-seok.
"The theme of this exhibition is related to Russian classical literature. It is truly a genius find of the Russian Seasons project's organisers. I am sure that the exhibition will arouse great interest among the Korean public, who know Russian literature well. It vividly demonstrates that Russian art is on a very high level, and it feeds off of such a powerful source such as Russian literature," said Andrey Borisovich Kulik, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Korea.
"Together with the Russian Seasons, as ambassadors of Russian culture, we present works by our best pupils, young artists who do not lose ground, are connected with Russian culture, have an interest in Russian literature, feel Russian classics, are attentive to traditions, to their teachers, to school, which is very important today, when there are different currents in the world and often established guidelines are lost," commented Semyon Mikhailovsky, Rector of the Ilya Repin Academy of Arts.
In total the exhibition features the work of 30 authors. The earliest series of prints on display are from 1999. These are illustrations by Vladimir Romanov, a student of Andrei Pakhomov's workshop, for a novel by Vladimir Nabokov. The works of Maxim Razdoburdin who created illustrations for the story "Dark Avenues" by Ivan Bunin when he was a student attract attention. Leo Tolstoy's story "Hadji Murat" was illustrated by Pavel Dolganov under the direction of Mikhail Gerasimov in 2005.
The exhibition will run at the House of literature until 13 December 2021. Entrance is free.