The Institute of Art of Odessa National Pedagogical University in the premises of the Branch of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture presents the exhibition of the works of Odessa sculptors: “Mythological portal of modern sculpture in Odessa – Boris Rumyantsev (1950-2008) and Alexander Pismichenko (born in 1941)” and Presentation of two monographs by Andrei and Olga Tarasenko: “Hieroglyph of beauty. Sculptor Boris Rumyantsev” (Odessa, 2012) and “Sculptor Alexander Pismichenko” (Odessa, 2011).
The exhibition of the works of Odessa sculptors and presentation of two monographs by Andrei and Olga Tarasenko: “Hieroglyph of beauty. Sculptor Boris Rumyantsev” and “Sculptor Alexander Pismichenko” offer a new way to perceive the modern sculpture through the works оf one of the leading artists of Ukraine – Boris Rumyantsev (1950-2008) and Alexander Pismichenko (born in 1941). The cultural foundation of their work is the art of Ancient Greece, the principal of which is the divine beauty of the naked body – micro-cosmos.
For the sculptors, human figure was an original matrix which formed the basis of their works, filled with personal experiences and feelings of millennium.
The book “Hieroglyph of beauty. Sculptor Boris Rumyantsev” is published under the auspices of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, Institute of Problems of Contemporary Art and the National Union of Artists of Ukraine.
Friends and admirers of the master made possible the print of the book.
Sculptural works of Rumyantsev – is the metamorphosis, the transformation of clay or metal into “hieroglyph of beauty” – the sign that the master could feel and recreate as the eternal prototype.
Motifs and images of Rumyantsev’s sculptures are viewed by the authors of the monograph in a timeless mythological context. Mythology affords certain “key” for understanding of his involvement in the world culture, especially Hellenistic, by the modern man. Studying mythological motifs and images in the works of contemporary artist, the authors view them in the context of the world art.
They are based on the theory of the “big time” of the cultural scientist M.M. Bakhtin.The scientist argued that the artist existing in the area of “small-time”, i. e. nowadays, brings the experience of predecessors. Thus, “understanding of the centuries and millennia, the peoples, nations, and cultures provides a complex unity of all mankind, of all human cultures.”
The monograph includes an article “Figurine” by Boris Rumyantsev, in which the artist reveals his philosophical perception of sculpture. The book contains the English translation of the essence of the concept of Rumyantsev’s sculpture. The book includes sections, dedicated to the works of companions and adherents of the master – wife Tatiana Kravets and son Nikita Rumyantsev.
In the monograph “Sculptor Alexander Pismichenko” the works in various genres are represented: the monumental decorative art (“Icarus”, “Nike”, etc.), portraits, nudes.
“The eternal theme of sculpture is plastic human body, the expression of its spiritual state associated with the form, – says Alexander. – Art creates the cognition of man. In sculpture, it occurs through the volume, even when you decide purely formal problem. Modern sculptors often depart from the core line of sculpture as from human cognition. Form of expression – the volume and space – there are in themselves, detached from the person.” Legacy of Ancient Greece provides a sample of unity between the micro-cosmos and the macro-cosmos of man.
Authors: Andrei and Olga Tarasenko