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Exhibition 'Parallels and Divergences'
18 January to 14 March  2009
The Collection of the Contemporary Russian Art
(Andrey Terenin, Yuri Pavlov-Russiaev, Sveta Yavorsky)
Auguste Rodin - Sculptures
Posthumous Production


 Press Release


‘Parallels and Divergences’
Introducing Rodin Sculpture to Russian Contemporary Art
Thursday 12 February to Saturday 14 March 2009

  • ‘Parallels and Divergences’, introduces an unprecedented collection of 50 iconic bronze sculptures by Auguste Rodin

  • This collection of posthumous production works are cast from foundry plasters.

  •  Work by three of Russia’s leading contemporary artists Alexey Terenin, Yuri Pavlov-Russiaev and Sveta Yavorsky are being shown alongside the Rodins.

  • Exhibition opens Thursday 12th February until Saturday 14th March.

  • ‘Parallels and Divergences’ is the first exhibition at the recently relocated Hay Hill Gallery, 23 Cork Street, London W1.

Parallels and Divergences is a rare opportunity for art connoisseurs to view so many of Rodin’s seminal works in one place.  The juxtaposition of these sculptures with works by three of the Russia’s leading contemporary artists illustrates how truly versatile Rodin’s works are.

The Hay Hill Gallery continues to showcase leading international contemporary artists whose work pays homage to academic traditions in the new Cork Street gallery with this combined exhibition of work by three of Russia’s leading contemporary artists, Alexey Terenin, Yuri Pavlov-Russiaev and Sveta Yavorsky.

This exhibition emphases the ideas and work that have emerged from Russia in recent years, and follow a new generation of artists taking significant new directions. Their rich history and heritage is still evident and will be recognised. This selection of work presented by each of these three Russian artists has been refined to represent the spirit of the artists and the search for their own distinctive voice.

What unifies these two distinctive yet resonant collections is the artists' projection of themselves, from ancient mystique to anatomic perfection. The exhibition offers a wealth of historic references and reflects the academic journey of each artist, which enabled them to develop their distinct styles. This can be seen particularly in Yuri Pavlov-Russiaev's "Balloon" from the series "Era of Aeronautics", where his architec­tural forms pay homage to Giorgio de Chirico.

Throughout the collection the viewer travels among the serene architectural fantasies, dips into both Eastern and Western culture.  As seen in Sveta Yavorsky’s Blue Petals’, which harks back to the early Renaissance in the pages and heraldic panthers yet crosses over to the Orient  with the depiction of the Chinese-inspired foliage.

Just as Rodin's Kiss is an embodiment of undeniable human passion and an eternal source of our existence, Alexey Terenin's ‘Tree on the Roof’, evokes the merging of the Eastern art of Byzantium and the Western art of Siena. In this work, the artist’s depiction of a tree thriving on a campanile portrays contemporary art emerges from an ancient heritage.

‘Parallels and Divergences’ offers connoisseurs the opportunity to invest in both seldom seen bronzes from Rodin’s golden age and recent unseen works by three of Russia’s leading contemporary artists.

For press enquiries, further information and images:
Marina Sokolskaya                              Hay Hill Gallery
Sokol Fine Art                                     23 Cork Street
0759 0752501                                     London  W1S 3NJ
www.sokolfineart.com                          020 7734 7010

Notes to Editors:

Hay Hill Gallery founded in 1995, has recently relocated to Cork Street.  The Hay Hill Gallery was founded as a joint venture between the Russian company Art Service Centre Ltd with over nine years experience of the international art scene, and the British company Sirin Ltd. The Hay Hill Gallery continues to introduce modern artists whose work pays homage to academic traditions; and mount exhibitions focussing on sculpture and international fine arts.

Alexey Terenin:

He combines architect’s training and painter’s practice in his work, embracing the aesthetic environment of modern man. Having been educated at the Moscow Architectural Institute in 1986-1993 Alexey Terenin began his career exhibiting graphic art and paintings in 1992 with two of the most prominent Moscow galleries, Art Moderne and M’ARS.  Growing up in Prague and living in Moscow he as an artist delves into the layers of imagination that can never be identified historically, and has absorbed the heritage of many cultures from the East and the West. The language of reminiscence and association chosen by the artist enables him to build up a big city of dreams inhabited with the ghosts of the past and heroes of the present in the most peculiar and unpredictable way.

Yuri Pavlov-Russiaev:

An internationally collected artist, Yuri Pavlov-Russiaev born in Moscow in 1964 into the family of the artist G.Pavlov.  He graduated from the Moscow Art School for Children in 1981. Going onto the Art-Graphic Faculty of the Moscow State Pedagogical Institute in 1986. From 1982 he is a frequent participant in Moscow, Republican, All-Union and foreign exhibitions. Entering the Union of Young Artists and Art Critics of the Russian Federation in 1988; and becoming a Scholarship winner of the Union of Artists of the USSR from 1989 to 1991.

In this collection, the artist is inspired by the work of Rembrandt and Zurbaran in the Hermitage Collection. Something had changed inside me. He began to be interested in archaeology and history, but as a perception rather than a science. But instead of arranging the knowledge into logical historic sequence, the knowledge existed inside the artist in disordered and eclectic forms at the level of feel­ings, pain, and nerve.

Sveta Yavorsky:

The artist studied art and architecture at the Moscow University of Architecture, and at the private studios of her uncle and mother, both professional artists, skilled in the art of murals and mosaics. Initially architecture had a profound impact on her work, as she began to use geometrical shapes and patterns, which surrounded and blended with the surreal and floating figures that formed the centerpiece of the works. After graduating from university, she took part in several exhibitions both in Moscow and abroad, eventually moving to London permanently. With the cultural change came a new direction in her work. Setting aside the architectural shapes, she started to concentrate more on the interaction of colours in her paintings, and the creation of a dynamic inner movement within the static composition of her figures. She carefully studied Kandinsky’s theory of colour, and developed from this her own idea of how colours and their various combinations affect the psyche.
Mayfair Times, March 2009, Art Events, page 16

Until March 12. Parallels and Divergences. Showcasing 50 posthumous bronze Rodin sculptures alongside works by three contemporary Russian artists. Hay Hill Gallery, 23 Cork Street, Tel: 020 7734 7010.

Photo Report from the Private View of 12 February 2009




















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