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Friends! In preparation for our new exhibition in the format of the artist's book and the search for potential participants around the world, I met the Egyptian artist Ahlam Fekri, who lives in Cairo.

Each of us had meetings and acquaintances, and invisible, but clearly positive emotions and a desire to communicate were immediately established with some people. These feelings caused the first letters to Ahlam and her desire not only to participate in the exhibition, but also interest in our projects and a sincere desire to help. Fate, as they say, does not accidentally bring people together and, at first glance, some random or one-time event and acquaintance can become not only a strong friendly relationship, but also give impetus to further creative projects.

So it happened with us. A chance acquaintance, and then a gift to us for the exhibition in the form of 18 works in A4 format and .... and then a wide scope for creative achievements.

At the end of last year in the huge exhibition hall in the center of Cairo, a personal exhibition of this wonderful artist took place. She told me about this joyful event, I congratulated her, and a few weeks later Ehlam sent me a video with a panorama of this exhibition. What to say about the impression of the exposure? FANTASY!!! Looking at her work creates a feeling of some big and bright holiday, which I wrote to her about and shared my emotions. (By the way, after my delight, which I expressed to her, she sent me notes about the exhibition, which were published in the Cairo press. It is surprising that my opinion and the opinion of art historians and the press almost coincided and was consonant with them, which I told Ahlam, joking about this, that I made an assessment  her work as a professional art critic).

Fascinated by the painting of Mrs. Fekri, I sent a video with a panorama of her exhibition and my delights to my Kazan friend Timofey  Khairullin, a remarkable person and artist. Having seen the video, Timofey was also very impressed with the work of the Egyptian artist, showed her exposure to his acquaintances, members of the Union of Artists of Tatarstan and the leadership of the Ministry of Culture, who also appreciated her art. Then Timofey suggested that I try to resolve the issue of a personal exhibition in Kazan with Ahlam herself.

On February 4, I am going to Kazan to open a personal exhibition of Timofey Khairullin and during our communication we will try to resolve the issue with the Ahlam Fekri exhibition in one of the exhibition halls of the capital of Tatarstan. Ahlam herself agreed to implement the project in Kazan. Now it's up to the decision of routine organizational issues (sending pictures, guarantees, etc. ...).

I dare to hope that this project will be implemented, of which I will no doubt inform you.

Exhibition in Kazan

 

Friends and colleagues! I want to share with you the good news: a participant in our exhibitions, Kazan artist Timofey Khairullin, inspired by our projects, offered to hold TWO exhibitions from our foundation in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan. One in the Republican National Library, and the second in the museum to them. M. Gorky. 
I, of course, not only agreed to hold them, but was flattered by such a proposal. The fact is that Kazan has not yet held such exhibitions, although the work of many artists of Tatarstan is closely connected with the Book. Our exhibition will be the FIRST exhibition of the Artist's Book. 
Timofey Khairullin is an interesting and talented artist, a tireless enthusiast and just an enthusiastic person. He has serious intentions and a great desire to implement his own projects related to the Artist's Book, attracting artists of the Republic to these projects. 
I want to wish Timofey success in the implementation of all plans. 
Valeri Burov 

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Vasnetsov's readings

 

Friends! On Thursday 17 december 2018 I visited the library to them Vasnetsov brothers. There were ХУ Vasnetsov readings. I was invited as a jury member to evaluate the handmade books made by children and gave a lecture on the manuscript book and the Artist's Book. 
What to say? Very talented kids, thinking, inquisitive. I hope that in a couple of years, having gained experience, they will become true masters of this type of creativity. I wish them all successes.

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EXHIBITION CONTINUES:

 

Friends, lovers of the books! Our exhibition "Winged Phrases, Sentences and Aphorisms", after the closing in the library of A. Gertsen began her work in the library of  A. Likhanov.

I enclose a video of my short interview before the opening of the exhibition  for Kirov Television.

All the best. Valeri

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Dear friends and colleagues!

 

 

As promised, I tell about the artists who have added to my collection in 2017.

 

Dmitry Nikolaevich SENNIKOV, Honored Artist of Russia.

We have been friends with Dmitry since 1980, soon after receiving them a workshop on the Green Embankment. His workshop - the shelter of friends, colleagues and admirers of his talent. His creative activity, he began as a graphic artist.

After the collapse of the USSR, when "the world's most readable country" stopped not only reading but also existing, Dmitry Nikolaevich began to work first with the  tempera and then with oil.

He participates in many exhibitions of various levels. About him shot five movies.

A sense of humor and optimistic nature are reflected in his works, and the names of the pictures perfectly complement their content.

His first works he gave  to me in the distant 1982, gradually complementing my collection. The last replenishment was made in January 2017, when he handed to me wonderful drawings, a total of 39 pieces, for which I thanked you so much.

I publish some illustrations from the latest replenishment.

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Dmitry Nikolaevich Sennikov

Nadezda Frolova, a member of the Union of Artists of Russia.

This is a very young girl who graduated from the Kirov Art College of  Rylov. Her work is contemporary painting, incorporating many trends and styles: from naive and primitivism, to post-impressionism and Post avangard's.

Our acquaintance happened at the exhibition of the artist's book in 2016, to which she became a participant.

Nadezda is a multifaceted personality. She finished three courses at the Literary Institute. A. Gorky (branch of "prose"). He writes both prose and verse, which are popular.

She is a participant of many art exhibitions of various levels, including the Artist's Book. Works in the technique of watercolor, pastel, oil ...

In my collection about one and a half dozen of her works of different periods and techniques of execution.

One of her works (among the few artists) is in my permanent exposition.

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Nadezda Frolova

Friends and colleagues! I want to share with you the good news: a participant in our exhibitions, Kazan artist Timofey Khairullin, inspired by our projects, offered to hold TWO exhibitions from our foundation in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan. One in the Republican National Library, and the second in the museum to them. M. Gorky. 
I, of course, not only agreed to hold them, but was flattered by such a proposal. The fact is that Kazan has not yet held such exhibitions, although the work of many artists of Tatarstan is closely connected with the Book. Our exhibition will be the FIRST exhibition of the Artist's Book. 
Timofey Khairullin is an interesting and talented artist, a tireless enthusiast and just an enthusiastic person. He has serious intentions and a great desire to implement his own projects related to the Artist's Book, attracting artists of the Republic to these projects. 
I want to wish Timofey success in the implementation of all plans. 
                                                                                                                                                                                   Valeri Burov 

Friends! On Thursday 17 december 2018 I visited the library to them Vasnetsov brothers. There were ХУ Vasnetsov readings. I was invited as a jury member to evaluate the handmade books made by children and gave a lecture on the manuscript book and the Artist's Book. 
What to say? Very talented kids, thinking, inquisitive. I hope that in a couple of years, having gained experience, they will become true masters of this type of creativity. I wish them all successes.

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