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The 8th of December, 2010 - the 17th of January, 2011

The Exhibition of the art works by the Belarusian artist Irina Kotova“Promenades through Paris” – will be opened at the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus at 17.00 p.m. on the 8th of December, 2010. The Exhibition represents a part of the art project “Imaginary Paris” designed by the author and implemented under the aegis of the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in France and the Embassy of France in Belarus, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus and the Public Association “Belarusian Union of Artists”.

“The artist’s Parisian landscapes depict evading, elusory moments from everyday life     city scenes which due to their character and unsteadiness are doomed to be never repeated. It exactly allows Irina Kotova to take up subjects and themes which seem to have been exploited over and over again, helping a viewer to see them in quite a different manner as if asking “You haven’t seen that particular castle or garden or cathedral in such a way, from such a prospective, have you?” - notes the French Ambassador in Belarus Mr. Michel Raineri in his foreword to Irina Kotova's album “Imaginary Paris.

More than 40 art works of the artist, performed mainly in the media of pastel, will be displayed and exposed at the Exhibition.

Irina Kotova was born in Minsk on the 17th of November in 1976.

In 2002 she graduated from the Belarusian State Academy of Arts, Department of Graphics.

Since 2002 she has been a member of the Belarusian Union of Artists.

During the period of 2003 – 2007 she has been studying at the St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute in Paris, France, on graduating from which she has received the Degree of the Licentiate in Divinity (L. Div.).

2009 – defended her Master thesis “Byzantine iconography style of Resurrection in the the interpretation of the Old Russian icon painters XIII-XIV centuries“ at Sorbonne Research Institute;

She works in the field of easel painting and graphics.

Since 1990 she has been a participant of Republican and International art exhibitions and open-airs. Amongst them there are: International Exhibition in Ottawa, Canada (1994); International Exhibition “Alberobello arte” in Alberobello, Italy (2004); Personal Exhibition in Charleston (South Carolina), the USA (2005); Personal Exhibition at the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in Paris, France (2007); and many others.

The presentation of the first edition of the Book “The Conversation of St. Seraphim of Sarov with Nikolai Motovilov” translated into English and illustrated with Irina Kotova’s art works has taken place at the Westminster Abbey in London, the Great Britain, on the 26th of November, 2010.

The Exhibition will continue operating to the 8th of January, 2011.

The Curator of the Exhibition: Irina Skvortsova, Candidate of Art Criticism, Head of the Department of Scientific and Educational Work of the Museum. Phone: 227-45-62