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Carpathian Biennale of Graphic Art



Carpathian Biennale of Graphic Art

On 16 November 2017, in the exhibition hall of the Transcarpathian Museum of Folk Architecture and Life, it was opened an exhibition of works of the 9th "Carpathian Biennale of Graphic Art of Children and Youth".

The exhibition was created following the results of the traditional contest of talented young artists from Ukraine, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, and Poland. The coordinators of the exhibition in Uzhhorod are the Regional Administration of Culture and the Transcarpathian Regional Organizational and Methodological Culture Centre.

The exhibition presents about 200 works of small and young graphic artists from five countries of the Carpathian region – Slovakia, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, and Hungary. The exhibition is the result of the contest, held for the ninth year in a row among the artists aged 6 to 20 in Humenne (Slovakia). The aim of the art event is to popularize graphic art, support the creative potential of children and youth, sharing of experiences between teachers, and the establishment of international cultural relations. Under the terms of the contest, young artists send their drawings to the organizing committee, thus the best ones are chosen according to certain criteria. In total, more than 700 applications were submitted this year, 27 of which received prizes.

This year, talented Transcarpathians from Uzhhorod and Mukachevo joined the contest for the first time. As a result, Tetiana Hulinska, a pupil of the Mukachevo Children's Art School named after M. Munkácsy, received the honorary prize of the contest for her painting " Shepherd".

"Last year we brought the best works of this contest to Uzhhorod," said the curator of the exhibition, the head of the international relations department of the Transcarpathian Regional Organizational and Methodological Culture Centre Vitalii Rats. And then there was an idea to attract our young artists to the contest as well. After all, the "Carpathian Biennale" is aimed not only to popularize the graphic art, which is quite difficult, but also to strengthen cultural relations between the countries of the Carpathian Euro-region."

By the way, in the jury of this contest was Honoured Artist of Ukraine Ivan Didyk, who is also the chairman of the graphic art section of the Transcarpathian Organization of the National Union of Artists. "Graphic works in this contest are very powerful," he noted. The exhibition represents only a quarter of these works. For example, it was very difficult for me to select the best ones. It should be noted that young artists from Slovakia and Poland present very good pictures. This is all because they have good conditions for learning the graphics because this kind of art is very expensive – it requires special printing machines, special technologies, etc., which we lack. Our children do not always have the opportunity to create paintings, for example, by etching."

According to the experts, unfortunately, there are only two art schools in Transcarpathia, where graphic art is studied at a sufficient level. And there are great hopes that the "Carpathian Biennale" will give impetus to the development of this art among the youth.

This exhibition was held in the Vygrolatsky Museum in Humenne (Slovakia). In Uzhhorod, it will last until 12 December. The collection will also be presented in the cities of Eger (Hungary) and Przemysl (Poland).

Text: Denys Fazekash
Photo: Nataliia Pavlyk

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