Personal exhibition of Eduard Gudzenko in Russian Museum 2014 – 2015
The personal exhibition of Eduard Gudzenko (1938 – 2006) for the first time represents the Russian viewer of the lost master of Ukrainian art. In the halls of the Marble Palace, the diversity of themes and techniques of this author’s work will be presented.
Eduard Gudzenko was born in Cherkassy in 1938. He died in the suburban village of Budishche in 2006. He left his native places only while studying at the Chisinau Art College (1957 – 1962). Half a century of his active work, from 1957 to 2005, were almost devoid of striking events. The main content of his life was painting.
The youthful participation in the student anti-Soviet rally (Chisinau, 1960) forever cost him his career. The attempt to present the “Self-Portrait in a Yarmulke” (1975) at a regional exhibition in 1980 ended in a public accusation: “This is not a self-portrait, it’s Jewish cosmopolitanism!”. The only personal exhibition of Eduard Gudzenko was held in 1987 in the gallery of the Cherkasy organization of the Union of Artists of the Ukrainian SSR. In the same year he survived the first heart attack. In 1989, his eldest daughter committed suicide.
Praise was sparse,a few friends and the audience could be counted on the fingers. “In the works Gudzenko seen a free artist in the very sense that was invested in this concept by the masters of the Renaissance”, – writes today art critic Alexander Yakimovich. “For me, art is a game, an improvisation,” the author himself believed.
An open color, a pasty brushstroke, a broad brush are the main techniques of Gudzenko’s work. His painting does not resemble either official Soviet art or naive ethnographic painting. Gloomy in tone “Don Quixote” (1973) and motley “Outskirts of Cherkassy” (1973), sparkling with a spray of flowers “Turkey” (1995) and the tragic “Red Violin” (2005), flooded with Bagrez. The exhibition consists of several thematic blocks: early etudes, picturesque portraits, life – theater, graphic portraits, industrial and rural views, still lifes, forest landscapes. The museum exposition opens a new bright name to the Russian audience.
Curator and producer of the exhibition Svetlana Shvydkaya.
Curator of the exhibition Mikhail Sidlin.
The exhibition is held in the Marble Palace (Millionnaya Street 5/1).