On 12 October 2010 the exhibition “Ukraine through the eyes of Irish artists, Ireland through the eyes of Ukrainian artists” was opened in Dublin. The event is organized by the Embassy of Ukraine in Ireland at the premises of the European Commission Representation in Ireland.
The exhibition features paintings by the Ukrainian artists, members of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine, Mrs. Tetyana Tsaryk and Mr. Andriy Ozernyy and ones by Irish artist, Mr. John Murray. Prints of paintings of Ukrainian landscapes by the prominent Irish political figure of 20th century, Constance Markievicz are also on display.
In his speech at the opening ceremony the Ambassador of Ukraine H.E.Mr.Sergii Reva stressed the symbolic meaning of the fact that the exhibition took place under the aegis of the EC Representation in the context of Ukraine’s course towards the European integration. The Ambassador passed to the artists greetings by H.E.Mr.Viktor Yanukovych, President of Ukraine, on the occasion of the Day of artist that traditionally marked in Ukraine on 10th October. H.E.Mr.Sergii Reva also underlined that despite distances between Ukraine, being on the edge of Eastern Europe, and Ireland, being on the edge of Western Europe, “diplomatic” language of art speaks of proximity of both European cultures and does not need translation or “approximation”.
The acting head of the EU Representation Mr.Eddie McVeigh noted the importance of the event for further interpenetration of cultures of Ukraine and Ireland, stresses the common features in the art of both European nations.