Painting of Zurab Tsereteli in Space: Joint Project of the Russian Academy of Arts and Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos)


A manned Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft will be launched from Baikonur space launch facility on May 28, 2013. The crew including Fyodor Yurchikhin (Russia), Luka Parmitano (Italy) and Karen Nyberg (USA) will take to the International Space Station Zurab Tsereteli’s “Sunflowers” painting and symbols of the Russian Academy of Arts.

It is a joint project of the Russian Academy of Arts and Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos). Zurab Tsereteli handed his painting to the crew commander Fyodor Yurchikhin in person not accidentally, as the space pilot is as close to the space of art as to the outer space. The Hero of the Russian Federation Fyodor Yurchikhin is a gifted photo-artist well-known for his pictures of Earth seen by him from the space.

Zurab Tsereteli is a world-renowned sculptor and artist working in various art types,  genres and techniques. His powerful palette splashes out revealing colors of great power of life. The energy of his “Sunflowers” canvas will provide the space crew with a supply of good spirits, optimism and love.    

After travelling to the space the painting charged with cosmic energy will be brought back to Earth. It will be the first dialogue of art and space to be invisibly but strongly connected forever.  


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