The Views of Lichtenstein: International Art Project of the Honorary Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts Alex Doll in Zerbst
Venue: The City Hall of Zerbst, Schlossfreiheit 12, Germany
On February 3, 2017 in the City Hall of the German city Zerbst there was an opening of the solo show of works by the Russian-Swiss artist, Honorary Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts Alex Doll entitled The Views of Lichtenstein. The exhibition was attended by the Russian Ambassador to Germany Vladimir Grinin and the Ambassador of Lichtenstein to Germany Prince Stephan of Lichtenstein, Director of the National Museum of Lichtenstein Prof. Reiner Follkommer , Director of the Russian House of Science and Culture in Berlin A.G. Anisimov, the Burgomaster of Zerbst Andreas Dittman and others.
The exhibition presents twenty canvases and six graphic works of the artist depicting landscapes and architecture of the state located in the foothills of the Alps executed in the traditions of expressionism and abstract art and distinguished by intensified color scheme resembling early compositions of Vasili Kandinsky. The exhibition is accompanied by black and white photographs by the German photo artist Oliver Mark.
Why has a small picturesque town Zerbst located in a half and an hour drive fr om Berlin in the Federal Land of Sachsen-Anhalt united Russia, Germany and Lichtenstein? The answer was given by the artist himself: “I have learnt about Zerbst from our compatriot living in Lichtenstein Baron Eduard von Falz-Fein. This amazing man, philanthropist and friend of Russia told me about the connection of the town with the Russian Empress Catherine II who spent her youth in Zerbst and as a Princess of Anhalt-Zerbst was invited to come to St. Petersburg, wh ere she was married to the future Russian tsar Peter III. In 1995 Baron Eduard von Falz-Fein initiated an establishment in Zerbst a museum of Catherine II and in 2010 Zerbst became a home to the monument to the Princess of Anhalt-Zerbst sculptured by Mickhail Pereyaslavetz. At that time I was inspired by the idea of organizing in Zerbst an exhibition dedicated to Lichtenstein to pay the respect to the Baron and remind of his connection to the town and love to Russia. Moreover, thanks to the Baron I met Vladimir Teslenko – founder of the international society “Catherine II” that promoted this project. In Zerbst I also got acquainted with its Burgomaster Andreas Dittman who immediately supported the idea and included the exhibition in the program of the 52nd Zerbst Cultural Festival”.