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From March 5 till April 15, 2021 in the Museum of Books and Publishing of Ukraine there will be an exhibition: ART IS NEVER FINISHED / Sasha Prakhova.



“KalitaArtClub” gallery

The Museum of Books

and Publishing of Ukraine

The Cultural Diplomacy International Institute



Fundermax Ukraine

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The title of the exhibition is part of Leonardo da Vinci's famous saying “Art is never finished, only abandoned”, in our loose translation – “Art is never finished, it is only postponed”. Is it possible to determine the moment when the work is completed, and whether a fixed end to the creative work exists? Is it possible to consider the signature and date at work as such a mark – “work done”? Maybe finishing a work of art is just a subjective decision. There seem to be no objective criteria here, the author always finds something to correct, add, and even redo everything from the beginning. So, unless other circumstances interfere, at some point the artist decides for himself when he has done enough. And a painting / sculpture etc / work of art begins its own life in time. 

Well-known Ukrainian artist, designer Mykola Honcharov noted: “The result of any creative act is filled with different meanings over time. As an example, the ancient graffiti in Sophia of Kyiv was originally a personal appeal to God, and today is a source of inspiration for calligraphers. Sometimes an unfinished painting, even forgotten / abandoned by the artist, becomes a valuable treasure for the collector. As long as there is a work of art, the artist lives”(c)

The exposition of the “ART IS NEVER FINISHED” exhibition contains paintings and graphics by Sasha Prakhova, including several large abstract compositions exhibited for the first time.


Sasha Prakhova

Ukrainian graphic artist.

(13.05.1950 – 20.05.2011) 

A representative of the New Ukrainian Wave, she worked in the style of abstract neo-expressionism. She was born in Kyiv, Ukraine, in the Prakhov family - famous patrons, artists, art critics, scientists and researchers.

Sasha Prakhova's works are stored in the collections of the National Art Museum of Ukraine, the Museum of Modern Art of Ukraine, the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, the Art Exhibitions Department of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Kaliningrad, Russia), the Museum of Contemporary Nonconformist Art in Exile (Paris, France), the Ludwig Museum (Cologne, Germany), the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, USA, galleries and corporate collections of Ukraine, Russia, France, Germany, Japan, USA; in private collections of Ukraine, Russia, Europe, the USA, Japan.

Based on Wikipedia / the Free Encyclopaedia

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