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The opening of the new solo exhibition «The Night in Paradise» by Anatoly Gankevich was held on 14 December 2023 in Frédérick Mouraux Gallery in Antwerp, Belgium.
Among the visitors to Anatoly Gankevich’s exhibition were art connoisseurs and collectors, aristocrats among them, including Flavie Durand-Ruel, the great-great-granddaughter of the famous Paul Durand-Ruel, the French art dealer, who was an early champion of the Barbizon school artists and the Impressionists.
Being the first to support artists such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Durand-Ruel is known for his innovations in modernising art markets and is generally considered to be one of the influential art dealers of the 19th century. Many great Impressionist collections today, including those of the Musée d’Orsay and the National Gallery, London, were formed with works that passed through his hands.
Speaking of Anatoly Gankevich, in his artworks the artist explores the subtle boundaries: the relationship between reality and perception. Whether a painting is created by Anatoly in his signature "mosaic imitation" or it is a photography series, the artist masterfully immerses the beholder into a meditative state. Gankevich was born in the marine city of Odesa, Ukraine, and his ties with the sea have never wavered. One of his iconic projects is Flicker, where he explores light and the reflection of pixelated reflections on water.
The artist began his professional artistic career in the 1990s and rapidly secured a place among the most prominent representatives of the New Ukrainian Wave. As an artist, he gained his fame for creating paintings in a unique technique – imitation of mosaic. The mosaics itself is laid out in a strictly mathematical manner, like a wall of coloured "information bricks".
The exhibition will run for a month, until January 14, 2024Pourbusstraat, 19-2000 AntwerpWed-Sun, 12 pm – 6 pm