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Observer of the Horizons

From June 16, 2021, BAF invites the viewers to visit the exhibition of works by Vladislav Mamsikov, who was the classic of the alternative wave in the art of the 60s and 70s, and then – the unsurpassed lyricist, intellectual and hedonist.

The exhibition will feature 2 main periods in the artist's work - the 1960s-1980s and the 2010s. These are two equal artistic movements that revealed the artist's talent and the main creative focus - the ability to be himself, to have his own truth and at the same time to enjoy life regardless of external influences.

The name of Vladislav Mamsikov occupies a worthy place in the history of Ukrainian art and symbolizes the “thaw” era of the 60-70s. Despite the ideological dictatorship, he and the like-minded people found their own language in art, reflecting the presence of European trends in Ukrainian art at that time.

Poeticism, lyricism, sophistication, intellectuality and irony towards simplified forms in traditional socialist realism, a deep natural gift to feel the world through the prism of the finest correlations of light and colour, the ability to separate the temporal from the eternal and determine the main trends in art – all these qualities are reflected in the works by the genius of Vladislav Mamsikov.

A subtle sense of time, a penchant for European values, his unique method of painting, the ability to separate the social from the personal marked his place among the most famous artists of the Ukrainian underground of Soviet times: Viktor Zaretsky, Anatoly Lymarev, Mykhaylo Vaynshteyn, Zoya Lerman, Galina Neledva and others.

There are portraits, landscapes, genre compositions among the artist's works of the 1960s. "Roofs" (1960), "Still Life with a Kerosene Lamp" (1961), "Old Man", "Old Woman with a Book" (1967), "Zootechnician", "Lithographers" (the late 1960s), "Castle in Trakai" (1969) and others - some of these works are typical for the "severe style", and some are shifting from it.

Contrary to most artists in this artistic style, he does not resort to overt social themes, he is interested in something else - the truth and hidden poetry of everyday life, fragments of an unseen human life, in which he reveals its drama and peculiar beauty. It is significant to say that the artist continued to make paintings in the style of the "severe style" further, during the 1970s and 1980s, along with the works in completely different styles. Moreover, his strict aesthetics can be seen in individual works of the 2000s, as, for example, in the painting "The Guest" (1976-2011), where the post-cubist generalization of the artistic language is combined with the dramatic grotesqueness of the image.

Galyna Sklyarenko, Art History

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