The Baltic States Biennale of Graphic Art Collection

Printer-friendly versionОтправить другу по почте

A considerable collection of prize-winning artworks from the Baltic States International Biennales of Graphic Art has found its place in the holdings of the Gallery, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the contest. In two decades he competition has reaped a unique collection now holding more than 1000 items of professionally executed original graphics by contemporary Russian and foreign artists. In the collection there are different exhibits, ranging from traditional engravings to computer graphics; from small-scale etching to a three-meters-high composition fulfilled in unique technique; from small paper objects to serigraphy. These works of art demonstrate a great variety of contemporary graphic techniques and experimentating with the media.

Pavel Makov. Symferopol’ landscape. 1988
Pavel Makov
Symferopol’ landscape. 1988

The works of Russian artists, including local ones, are the main part of the Biennale Graphic collection. The presence of foreign schools is less representative, because originally the Kaliningrad Biennale had had the status of a national art competition. When in 1996 the Biennale acquired its international status, it joined the leading European contest venues. From that moment on the graphic work of overseas laureates and prize-winners have been contributing to the Gallery’s holdings. Among the Grand Prix winners are: P. Makov, N. Sineva, B. Nasedkin, A. Budaev, J. Karjalainen, P. Allik, M. Nispodzivana, P. Liepa.

Juho Karjalainen. Man looking at his hand. 1999
Juho Karjalainen
Man looking at his hand. 1999
Paulus Liepa. Der Suppe (Soup). 2008
Paulus Liepa
Der Suppe (Soup). 2008

The Gallery’s collection shows the main movements and trends in contemporary graphic art. Epitomizing the turn of the millennia, these works reflect the fundamental changes in mentality humanity has gone through in the past twenty years. The destruction of values and traditional forms of interpersonal relationships resulted in the isolation of the individual absorbed in total solitude, with no room for hope. The notorious search for one’s mission became paramount in European artistic culture in the periods of moral decline. The individual comes to the foreground, if indiscreetly. Each and every piece of art splashes out emotional anguish, often through disproportionate and aggressive imaging. Even the recently favoured large-scale format in graphic arts can be viewed as the manifestation of a strong desire to be seen and heard, and make the viewer to ponder on many things...

Malvina Niespodzivana. Acupuncture. 2003
Malvina Niespodzivana
Acupuncture. 2003
M T W T F S S
 
 
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
 
5
 
6
 
7
 
8
 
9
 
10
 
11
 
12
 
13
 
14
 
15
 
16
 
17
 
18
 
19
 
20
 
21
 
22
 
23
 
24
 
25
 
26
 
27
 
28
 
29
 
30