On July 27, Dymchuk Gallery opens an exhibition ‘Sayak-Sede: The Big Heart of Ada Rybachuk & Volodymyr Melnychenko’. The exhibition consists of paintings, sculptures, graphics, and photographs made by Ada Rybachuk & Volodymyr Melnychenko in the ’50s & the ’60s during their trip to the coasts of the Barents Sea in the Arctic.
In 1954, Ada Rybachuk & Volodymyr Melnychenko, still being students of Kyiv Art Institute back then (now the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture), set off to the Barents Sea coasts in the Arctic to serve their internship. The North made a big impression on the artists and had a substantial influence on their oeuvre. There, Ada Rybachuk & Volodymyr Melnychenko made works that depicted the Nenets ways of life, philosophy, and civilization. They worked as painters and graphic artists, capturing the world they were able to observe, researching life and customs of the indigenous population. Eventually, these works have represented important anthropological data on the history of the Nenets people. There, on the coasts of the Barents Sea, Ada and Volodymyr spent almost 7 years of their lives.
Volodymyr dedicates this exhibition to Ada, who could have turned 90 this year.
Volodymyr Melnychenko was born on 25 February 1932 in Kyiv. He is a Ukrainian artist, sculptor, architect, merited artist of Ukraine, member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine, member of the All-Ukrainian Creative Union ‘Congress of writers of Ukraine’, honorary member of the National Union of Cinematographers of Ukraine, honorary member of the People’s Academy of culture and universal human values (USA), honorary citizen of Naryan-Mar. Works in architecture, sculpture, painting, graphics, monumental art: mosaic, ceramics, metal, design, plastic modeling, art photography. Authored screenplays for documentaries.
Ada Rybachuk was born on 27 July 1931 in Kyiv. She is a Ukrainian artist, monumental artist, architect, graphic artist, member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine, honorary member of the National Union of Cinematographers of Ukraine. Died 21 September 2010 in Kyiv.
Ada Rybachuk & Volodymyr Melnychenko’s artistic heritage consists of architectural objects, mosaics, graphics, and sculptures. Their works have become part of the image of contemporary Kyiv and its history.
Some of the most known works of Ada Rybachuk & Volodymyr Melnychenko are:
– Kyiv central bus station: interior design & decoration
– Palace of Young Pioneers and Schoolchildren (now Kyiv Palace of Children and Youth): interior design & decoration, the mosaic swimming pool ‘The Sun, Stars, and Constellations’
– Memory Park on the Baikova Hill: concept, the Halls of Farewell, the Wall of Remembrance (the latter destroyed in 1982 by the Soviet government, after 13 years of development).