The 29th Element

Place: Sheremetev Palace, St. Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music, Fontanka River Embankment, 34

Date: March 21 - May 26

Year: 2019

On March 21, in the Sheremetev Palace of the Theater Museum, a large-scale exposition of copper art objects entitled “The 29th Element” will open. The contemporary art gallery "Art Holding Tatiana Nikitina" (St. Petersburg, Russia) will present over forty sculptures, paintings and art objects made of copper in the palace halls.

Metal is often perceived as a harsh material, but it can become a high art and the most spectacular decorative element of the interior. This is actively confirmed by the world's leading exhibitions, where art objects made of copper are becoming popular.

29 is a number that not only determines the position of copper as an element of the periodic table, but also embodies the magic combination of two and nine. Since ancient times, the two is the “axis of symmetry”, the point of balance between the energies of yin and yang, heaven and earth, the sacred union of male and female. Nine - the imperial figure, fullness, the final stage of everything. The exceptional rationality of copper has not deprived of its aesthetic qualities. On the contrary, due to the widespread use of this metal there are completely unique works of art.

The sculptor Pavel Shevchenko managed to turn such a common metal into something unique. The main component of the creative success of Pavel Shevchenko was persistent long standing work. His formation as a creator took place in the environment of the oldest art school in Russia - The St. Petersburg Repin State Academic Institute of Painting, sculpture and architecture of the Russian Academy of Arts, in the workshop of famous Soviet sculptor Mikhail Anikushin. Two art works of Pavel Shevchenko - “Time does not wait” and “Russian epics” are in the collection of the President of the Russian Federation. His sculptures are known abroad too. For example, a lot of his works are in the private collection of the famous international figure Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Pavel Shevchenko has talented students. One of them is Nadezhda Vostrikova. She works in animalistic plastic, creating images of amazing animals that embody her inner world. For her works she chose bronze, hot and cold enamels, ceramics and porcelain, which reveal her creative potential.

In addition to Russian artists, foreign authors are also represented. The art of Chilean Eduardo Reyes Bahamondez is closely associated with the cultural heritage of pre-Columbian America. This recognized by the international organization of UNESCO artist finds inspiration in Chile's rock art.

Another master creating works in a complex technology combining different materials is Chilean artist Ana Maria Lyra. To make her magical compositions, Ana Maria chose materials that contradict each other at first glance - wood, glass and metal. However, they give birth to objects that are exceptional in the interaction.

What is the reason for the popularity of copper? Why the world art community is actively developing this area of art today? This metal is plastic and malleable in processing, it allows artists to embody their wildest ideas. Aesthetic characteristics and artistic potential built it on a pedestal of art - it is able to transform any interior and create a special atmosphere! Copper combines such qualities that make it indispensable for those who want to stay on the crest of a wave in this vast and alluring ocean of modern art.