IIR Hall Art Gallery

“For me, the Art is Life and Revelation... I am insatiable, always craving for something new and constantly striving for more work – just like a mill in the wind!”

Ivan Marchuk

On April, 24, 2014 in the hall of the Institute of International Relations within the framework of the IIR Hall Art Gallery project the brilliant Ukrainian artist Ivan Marchuk opened his new exhibition of paintings. The artist personally presented his latest artworks and explained its background to the guests.

The exhibition became the fourth cultural event within the project.

The unique style and technique, defined by the artist himself as abstract surrealism, make acquaintance with the paintings an unforgettable event both in the life of contemporary artists and in the life of people not associated with art, especially the youngsters.

Ivan Marchuk is known as The Patriarch of Ukrainian avant-garde. His art, which has more than 4000 paintings, was acknowledged by the whole world. In 2007 The Daily Telegraph included Ivan Marchuk in the top 100 living geniuses of our time. He is the only Ukrainian artist recognized by International Academy of Modern Art in Rome as a member of the “Golden Guild”. 

Ivan Marchuk is the most titled Ukrainian artist, winner of the Taras Shevchenko award. Today, each of his exhibitions is a unique cultural event. Yet, the acknowledgement in his Motherland was predated by numerous trials. The very life of the Master is a struggle for freedom, continuous search for something new and endless work.

The opening of the exhibition was attended by the honorable guests: the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (2007 – 2009) Volodymyr Ohryzko and GUAM Secretary General Valerii Chechelashvili. The esteemed guests noted the high level of the exhibition and emphasized the importance of aesthetic education of future diplomats. The Director of The Institute of International Relations Valerii Kopiika accentuated the importance of art as a tool for shaping the image of our country in the international arena.

During the meeting, everyone could communicate with the renowned artist, ask him the boldest questions, and learn the secrets of his inspiration.


We look forward to new projects of IIR Hall Art Gallery!