From the 15th of May until the 26th of May, 2013 the Isaak Brodsky Museum is hosting an exhibition devoted to the work of the artist VIK.
Leonardo da Vinci once said that painting is a visible poetry and that poetry is an audible painting. This claim could be referred to the work of the artist and poet VIK.
VIK joined the art scene of Leningrad in the middle 1970s. In 1974 he founded the art group “Alimpy” together with his friends, which was named after the archimandrite of the Pskovo-Pechersky monastery. The monastery’s spirituality had a profound impact on the artist. During the Soviet era, religious themes were frowned upon by the establishment. Despite this, VIK dedicated most of his pieces to spiritual themes. Among the works by VIK, one can find “Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery” (1989), “Commemorating Father Pavel Florensky” (1977) and others. VIK had been learning about the ancient Russian art of painting icons as well as Russian avant-garde. In his works, the artist combines the principles of icon painting with avant-garde motifs according to his own personal perception. VIK created new interpretations to the old religious themes and plots by adding, among others, the signs of a contemporary world or imagery from different religions. As an illustration, one of his pieces, “PervoDerevo” (2000) features Adam with a profile of an Egyptian god, Gor. VIK uses cultural metaphors quite often; he doesn’t simply depict the objects, but turns frequently to his poetic sense. Thanks to the power of the imagination and the spiritual power of perceiving phenomena, VIK reveals different worlds on the canvas, where the issues of time and space dissolve to reveal deeper associations. Thus, his paintings have a special flair which enchants viewers.