Greece through the Eyes of Russian Artists

In September, 2013 St Petersburg artists – participants of Viacheslav Zarenkov’s project “Creative World” visited Greece. The first point of destination in the painters’ program was the capital of Greece – Athens. Then the artists from St Petersburg visited Mycenae where Heinrich Schliemann found his legendary gold treasure, saw the antique theater Epidaurus, depictured on canvases the picturesque Cape Sounion famous for its beautiful sunset at the Poseidon Cathedral. From the Piraeus port the group went to Spetses Island which is related to Russia more than other islands. This is the place where the bronze bust of Count Alexei Orlov gained the victory over the Turkish fleet in the Cesme Bay in 1770 is erected here.

Later there was Magical Delphi. This place was considered by the ancient Greeks as the center of the world and the Delphic oracle provided predictions from here. On their way the group visited a mountain village Arachova famous for one of the most modern centers of winter sports and woven carpets in folk style. The pictures painted in Nafplio are full of sunshine. The painters also visited the Monastery of St Potapios located on the coast of the Gulf of Corinth and enjoyed the marvelous view of Loutraki city and its surroundings from its territory. During the plain air 12 artists from the Northern Capital created more than one hundred canvases.

The creative expedition resulted in exhibition “Greece through the Eyes of the Russian Artists” which was officially opened on September 25, 2013 in the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Athens. The exhibition in RCSC was opened by its two directors: Alexander Khomenko finishing his work in Greece and a new director of the Center Pyotr Kuprikov having just entered the office. The author of “Creative World” project Viacheslav Zarenkov, Director of St Petersburg House of Writers Vladimir Malyshev and representatives of the group of artists provided speeches at the opening ceremony. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in the Hellenic Republic V.I.Chkhikvishvili visited the event and highly appreciated works of St Petersburg artists. The exhibition became a bright event of the cultural life of Athens. The event awoke great interest from the part of Greek art amateurs and specialists, our compatriots in Greece. The exhibition hall hardly housed all guests.