Discover the familiar places of Kyiv and its surroundings as they were decades ago in the new exhibition «Рідне місто. Київ 60-х», at the National Museum Kyiv Picture Gallery. The exhibition showcases the time-traveling journey through watercolor works by Arkadiy Zernetzky.

“Architect and artist Arkadiy Fedorovich Zernetzky was a highly knowledgeable individual and a true enthusiast of his craft. He primarily worked in the technique of watercolor and achieved great success in it. However, the most remarkable aspect of his work was the lyrical essence present in each of his creations. Throughout his life, he held a deep love for his work, and what we see here is just a fraction of what he accomplished. His northern works and those inspired by the Carpathian mountains are not exhibited here, as he had a strong passion for traveling. He ventured on numerous expeditions, exploring places like the Onega River in the north and other significant locations, where wooden architectural monuments were preserved. Yet, his most characteristic motifs depicted our Lavra and our ancient yet ever-youthful Kyiv,” said Yuriy Ivanovych Khymych, Honored Artist of Ukraine, and Professor at the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture.

Organizer: Fedir Zernetzky, owner of the auction house “Epoch,” collector, and art expert. Project Team: Olena Borymska, Oleksandr Kukhar, Oleksandra Ryzhova, Anastasiia Shvydiuk, Oleksandra Kabakova, and Iryna Khomenko. Design: Malikа Umаrova.

Exhibition duration: July 18th to August 20th.

Full admission ticket: 100 UAH (concessional ticket: 50 UAH). The museum is located at 9 Tereshchenkivska Street and operates on a regular schedule: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (closed on Mondays and Thursdays); 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Tuesdays.

About Arkadiy Zernetzky (1932 – 1968): Born on October 23 in Kyiv, in a family of civil servants. In 1950, he enrolled in the Kyiv Engineering and Construction Institute at the Faculty of Architecture. After graduating in 1956, he was offered a position at the painting department by Professor Yu. Petrov. In 1962, Arkadiy Zernetzky became a member of the Union of Architects of Ukraine, and in 1968, he earned the degree of Candidate of Architecture.

“Never a day without one or three works!” – this was his motto. Those were the years of his creative self-determination. While studying architectural landmarks and observing natural landscapes, he honed his skills in capturing the beauty of natural phenomena in every season: spring, hot summer, golden autumn, snowy winter. The artist prepared himself for creative self-expression, searching for compositional reflections of the historical landmarks of his homeland – Ukraine.

Arkadiy Zernetzky’s dream was to create a series of works on the architecture and everyday life of ancient Slavs. Unfortunately, this dream was never realized as Arkadiy Fedorovich passed away prematurely. He died on August 22, 1968, at the age of 35.


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