Visit to Baginskaya Gallery
Speak English visited Baginskaya Gallery in JLT today with some of our English students. The gallery owner, Katerina Baginskaya very generously opened her gallery for Speak English students for a tour of her exhibitions and a special talk on Surrealism.
In the 2 hours we had we were barely able to scrape the surface- going from beautiful impressionistic Uzbekh landscapes to bright, bold, Ghanaian abstracts, and ethereal painted silk works by Irina Mozhaeva. Apart from the main exhibition space, Katerina eagerly showed us the paintings displayed in every other space – from the dressing room to the office- and talked to us about the artists and about her mission to stimulate a wider appreciation for art in Dubai, beyond the safe and aesthetically unchallenging.Â
Though we were a small group the discussion generated during the presentation on Surrealism was diverse- ranging from topics such as the rights to great art- whether it belongs to the world or if nations and communities have a right to claim it as their own property- to the role of religion in inspiring or limiting art, and cultural sensitivities that can result in censorship of art. Katerina took us through the history of surrealism from its foundations at the turn of the 20th century through the World Wars and beyond.
We were presented with various surrealist works by Ukrainian artist, Mykola Maliy, to reflect on but unfortunately we ran out of time before we could discuss our thoughts and ideas.