Solo Exhibition in Paris in Honor of the 250th Anniversary of the Russian Academy of Arts and 62nd Anniversary of the Victory over Fascism

At UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on May 9, 2007 is opening a solo exhibition of President of the Russian Academy of Arts, People’s Artist of Russia, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Zurab Tsereteli. The exhibition dedicated to the 250th anniversary of the Russian Academy of Arts and 62nd anniversary of victory over fascism has been arranged under the auspices of the UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura and Permanent Delegation of the Russian Federation to UNESCO.

Zurab Tsereteli has been maintaining creative contacts with France for a long time. The small replica of his “Birth of the New Man” sculpture inaugurated in 1994 stands on the front grounds of UNESCO Headquarters together with artworks by Picasso, Chagall, Miro and other recognized masters of the 20th century. In 2004, in Agde was unveiled Tsereteli’s monument to the great French novelist Honore de Balzac. One of the squares in Moscow is adorned by the sculptor’s monument to General Charles de Gaulle. The monument to Pope John Paul 11was dedicated in the French city of Ploermel, Bretagne in 2006.

Zurab Tsereteli has been decorated as Officer of the Order of Art and Literature, one of the prestigious French rewards, was awarded Vermail Medal, highest honor from the city of Paris, as well as UNESCO Picasso Gold Medal for the remarkable personal contribution and extraordinary accomplishments in the field of art. Academicians Zurab Tsereteli and Tair Salakhov were elected corresponding members of the French Academy of Arts.

On display will be the artist’s sculptures, paintings, works in the unique serigraphy technique, colorful enamels.

Within the exhibition Zurab Tsereteli will give master-classes for French and Russian children.

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