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Moonlit Night on the Dnepr after A.Kuinzhi, Collages for 2022 Christmas, 2022

21 x 23 cm
€460

colored paper, book/magazine cutouts, felt tip pens


“The background of this collage is a painting by the Ukrainian landscape painter Arkhip -Kuindzhi (1841-1910). It is his most famous painting is ‘’Moonlit Night on the Dnieper’’ which is a night landscape of river Dnieper (or Dnipro in Ukrainian), it is the most important and biggest river in Ukraine which cuts the country in two, and symbolically it can be called a division between West Ukraine and eastern Ukraine and the ideological concepts that come with this division. Russians seem to think that the eastern part of Dnipro is Russian Ukraine which is not true. While skipping pages of old National Geographic magazines I found a photograph of a tank firing and creating ring-shaped smoke around its barrel. I cut the smoke out and put it on top of the landscape. I did it at the same time as Ukrainian armed forces liberated Cherson, a city that is on the Dnipro. A tank barrel smoke is a symbol of that struggle. What is interesting about Kuindzhi is that he was born in the city of Mariupol. Now, as I am writing this, Mariupol is under occupation and is completely destroyed. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and Russians happily stole Kuindzhi’s paintings from a museum in Mariupol. The stealing continues. About the series: As the year 2022 was the year of the war in Ukraine, the biggest full-scale war since world war two, I had real doubts about my usual artistic practice of oil painting. I suddenly felt that painting is of no use now because simple protest poster has more meaning now, and most importantly – more power.”


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Painting

Allegory of the Plato's Cave by Kipras Černiauskas
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THE DECAMERON II by Kipras Černiauskas
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THE DECAMERON III by Kipras Černiauskas
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THE DECAMERON IV by Kipras Černiauskas
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144 x 220 cm
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THE DECAMERON V by Kipras Černiauskas
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144 x 220 cm
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THE DECAMERON VI by Kipras Černiauskas
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144 x 220 cm
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THE DECAMERON VIII by Kipras Černiauskas
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THE DECAMERON X by Kipras Černiauskas
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The Knife by Kipras Černiauskas
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Drawing

A Flash of Lightning darkens the city street lights. Within 0.00005 s. lightning can heat the air up to 30,000 C by Kipras Černiauskas
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Food Packages for Ukrainians by Kipras Černiauskas
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German troops enter Kharkiv in autumn 1941 by Kipras Černiauskas
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Other

Russian Culture II , Collages for 2022 Christmas by Kipras Černiauskas
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€460
Russian Culture III , Collages for 2022 Christmas by Kipras Černiauskas
Russian Culture III , Collages for 2022 Christmas  
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