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Today – on Thursday, 14 May – the Vice-President of the Riigikogu Helir-Valdor Seeder will open an exhibition of paintings by the Ukrainian artist Andrey Kovalenko. The exhibition Music of Colours can be visited on the second floor of Toompea Castle.

“Kovalenko’s luscious style and emotional eye for colour provide us a unique insight into the traditional Ukrainian milieu. His paintings leave the viewer spellbound through the use of Slavic motifs and the surrounding landscape,” Seeder said. He sees the exhibition as a way of strengthening the bridge between the two nations through the human touch.

Andrey Kovalenko is a painter – an expressionist – in content as well as in form. The expressive language of the painter has developed through the spatial confluence of painting and drawing. The reality, as transformed through the painter’s eye, focuses on the distinctiveness of colours and shapes, which is achieved through a unique usage of graphic techniques. His paintings display a particular attention towards the surrounding world. This is an echo from the years of drawing straight from the nature. Andrey Kovalenko himself has declared that he rejects conceptualism and its total submission to cold calculations, formulas and print runs. Yet the painter, who follows the traditions of the Southern Russian school, has not disengaged himself from the material aspect of painting.

The fourteen paintings on show date from 2011–2015. The exhibition has been organised by the Ukrainian embassy in Estonia, in cooperation with the Chancellery of the Riigikogu.

The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on workdays and runs until 11 June. Visitors need to present an identity document to gain entry to Toompea Castle.

Riigikogu Press Service

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