The weather in Kaliningrad in late fall and winter is grey and rainy. Rain with snow, rain without snow, rain, rain. If not for local artists who truly brighten the day with their “this is how I see it”, my mood and general attitude would not be as cheerful as I am now.
I also enjoy my visits to Kaliningrad because here I let myself brows at ease through all kinds of art spaces – galleries, museums, art shops.
Usually, I would go to the Kaliningrad Regional Art Gallery or the Koenigsberg Cathedral. Although once in a while the Kaliningrad Regional History and Art Museum offers great exhibitions with works of local artists. My Thank you goes to the museum for giving Kaliningrad artists to show their paintings!
Exhibition “Labyrinths Of Minotaur” by Kolia and Lina Shapovalov
I feel a little worried. Will I understand those labyrinths, will I find the way of them or even will I be scared by that announced Minotaur?
A labyrinth is an ancient symbol for a path. It expresses the idea of a person’s movement towards the truth. Passage through a labyrinth is like a new birth. By defeating a monster, a man reaches the inner perfection. Above the entrance to one of Egyptian labyrinths inscribed words were to see: “Madness or death is what a weak and vicious man will find here, only strong and good people will find life and immortality here.”
Well, this painting – “Autumn” – is probably the only “labyrnth” which “scared” me. It’s beautiful, though. So, there was no reason to be worried 🙂
I was especially pleased with a light East-Prussian accent of the exhibition. I think it would be strange not to see the works of Kaliningrad artists without any paintings about Koenigsberg.
Although, the Koenigsberg paintings of Kolia and Lina Shapovalov are not about the beauty of the old German city of Koenigsberg but about the search for joy and colors in modern Kaliningrad. This makes their Koenigsberg paintings even more interesting!
Nikolai (Kolia) Shapovalov (1950) was born in Tcherniakhovsk / Insterburg in the Kaliningrad region. He studied arts in Belarus where he also met Lina – Angelina Shapovalov (1951).
When the family came back to Kaliningrad they started teaching art in the local art school for children.
Landscapes and flowers are my love, although flowers are my passion.
Thank you to Lina Shapovalova for these majestic bouquets! Now I understand – these bouquets are the labyrinths the exhibition is about! The labyrinths of Minotaur are in these flowers!
When in Kaliningrad, feel free to the website of Kaliningrad Regional History and Arts Museum. Perhaps, an interesting exhibition with paintings of Kaliningrad artists is happening there!