The Opening of the Dymchuk Gallery – February 7 at 6 PM, 21 Yaroslavska Street, Kiev

The Dymchuk Gallery has had its impressive opening with a solo exhibition by a prominent playwright and artist, Les’ Podervyanskyi, titled “The Warrior’s Way”.

Les’ Podervyanskyi has gained his wide celebrity status as an author of glorious plays such as “Hamlet, or the Danish Katsapism’s Phenomenon”, “Vasilisa Yegorowna and Muzhitchki”, “Pavlik Morozov” & many others. The founders of the Dymchuk Gallery have already collaborated with Podervyanskyi helping to promote his stage-realization of “Pavlik Morozov”. After studying monumental painting at the Kiev State Art Institute (now re-titled as National Academy of Visual Arts and Architecture) and graduating in 1976, Podervyanskyi took part in many exhibitions. His works are kept in numerous museums and galleries such as Kiev National Museum of Ukraine and The Russian Art Museum, Art Museum in Voronezh, Glasnost Gallery (Nuremberg), Domino Gallery(Goetheborg) and in private collections in USA, Poland, Canada,Israel, Ukraine, Russia and other.

The exhibition presented by the Dymchuk Gallery features a series of works created by the artist during past year. All of them are dedicated to the Japanese samurai of XIV-XV cent. Мiyamoto Мushashi, specifically to his treatise – “Book of Five Rings”. An invincible warrior, the inventor of the sword-combat school “Ni-to” and an artist, Mushashi, at the age of 60 wrote the treatise on the art of strategy – “Book of Five Rings”. Quite noteworthy are theoretical ideas expounded in the book, i.e. impeccable samurai’s personal experience of strategy principles and spirit’s commandments. Maybe that is the reason why the treatise is so highly appreciated, not only by martial arts’ students, but by businesspeople and politicians alike.

Meditating on the lessons taught by Mushashi, Podervyansky has created a kind of illustration to every part of the five volume treatise: Book of the Earth; Book of the Water; Book of the Fire: Book
of the Wind; and Book of the Void.