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Opening of the exhibition of works by ukrainian artists vasyl savchenko & uliana kulchytska
September 8, 2018

Opening of the exhibition of works by ukrainian artists vasyl savchenko & uliana kulchytska

On September 6th 2018 took place the opening of the exhibition of works by Vasyl and Uliana at the art space of Pigment Gallery in the splendid 5 star Miramar Hotel located on the top of Montjuic close to Barcelona and overlooking the whole city. This is the second CatenArt art event taking place in… Read More »

The art residency where virtuosity meets spirituality

The art residency where virtuosity meets spirituality

“I had never seen anything like this before, neither in Tokyo nor in New York…” These words were pronounced with a visible emotion by Tetsugo Hyakutake, a photographer and video artist from Japan, at the end of the ‘CatenArt Residency’ in Lviv, from June 20th to June 30th. He was speaking to a group of… Read More »

Lviv 2018
July 17, 2018

Lviv 2018

From June 20-30 took place an international artists residency in Lviv, Ukraine, from June 20-30, 2018. Here is a small video-souvenir of the residency: Catenart Lviv 2018  

Only wonderment leads to true knowledge, concepts create idols
June 19, 2018

Only wonderment leads to true knowledge, concepts create idols

I unveiled this painting a few days ago and, almost immediately, the inevitable question arose: – “Why this cross on the top of the lemon?” What kind of an idea do you want to convey? Justified as the question may be and willing as I am to always answer it, I do not like to explain… Read More »

An exceptionnal contemporary art form rooted in the tradition of Slavic iconography
May 13, 2018

An exceptionnal contemporary art form rooted in the tradition of Slavic iconography

Olena Smaha (Ukraine) exhibited her paintings at Pigment Gallery, in Barcelona. Brief introduction to an exceptionnal contemporary art form rooted in the tradition of Slavic iconography. Paul Evdokimov famously wrote that “abstract art originates from iconography, Islamic arabesques, and the transcendental.” If Malevich made this affinity clear enough, Olena Smaha gives us a fresh understanding of this connection while still holding on to the figurative dimension of icons.  How… Read More »

“Fragment of Memory” 2/2
February 4, 2018

“Fragment of Memory” 2/2

3 / The photos you have made for the exhibition are full of poetry: your eye sees the detail and sometimes seizes a light that transfigures the object, the moment. Tell us about your pictures! It was Lviv that educated and guided me, made me feel and experience. It felt like Vogel herself took me… Read More »

“Fragment of Memory” 1/2
February 1, 2018

“Fragment of Memory” 1/2

1 / In Lviv, just finished the exhibition that you realized, “Fragments of Memory”. You yourself were born in Moscow, of a Jewish family and live in Great Britain. So why Lviv? Can you tell us about the genesis of this project? I was indeed born in Moscow. Looking back at my growing up in… Read More »

The music of vulnerability
November 7, 2017

The music of vulnerability

From July 2-11, the St Clement Institute hosted a series of meetings in Lichnya, Ukraine, centered on the theme “Liberty, Authority and Service.” Among the many encounters there, the composer Valentin Sylvestrov shared some of his work and commented on it. In this exclusive interview for the Catena Artistorum,  he highlights his musical search for… Read More »

Tere Unsain
September 5, 2017

Tere Unsain

I met Tere the first time a few years ago, may be ten. It was in Barcelona thanks to the introduction of her cousin Enrique. I talked  to Enrique several times about the artistic work of Tere. My first encounter with her was not only about painting but about our own life experiences and personal… Read More »

Testimony of Olena Smaha about Barcelona’s Residency 2016
March 30, 2017

Testimony of Olena Smaha about Barcelona’s Residency 2016

I was thinking a lot in the meaning of my witnessing about my staying at the art-residence in Barcelona. The spiritual, emotional and informative pack I brought home cannot be overstated, but it is very easy to underestimate it. My fear to lose or even do not find the deepest meaning of our diverse intensive… Read More »