On December 6th, 2022, Aleksandr Savchuk Foundation hosted the “How Art Can Fix the World” Christmas Cocktail in the Club des Résidents Etrangers de Monaco. The event gathered supporters and connoisseurs of Ukrainian culture, art and heritage, as well as philanthropists and donors. The event included presentation of projects realized by the Foundation in 2022 and exhibition of recent works of Ukrainian artists Anatoliy Gankevich, Egor and Mykyta Zigura.
Established in 2014, the Aleksandr Savchuk Foundation has been chaired by his daughter, Ms Taisiya Savchuk-Polishchuk. Like Aleksandr Savchuk, who was born into a family of teachers and researchers, where education, culture and knowledge were at the heart of family values, the Savchuk Foundation invests in numerous projects in favour of research against diseases, innovation, and after the full-scale war of russia against Ukraine – also into humanitarian needs of Ukrainian civilians and warriors. Besides being a generous donor providing aid during times of war, Ms Taisiya Savchuk-Polishchuk is a passionate supporter and promoter of Ukrainian culture abroad, and the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine in particular becoming the Ambassador of the Academy.
Ukraine has become the symbol of freedom and endurance. What is behind this strength? Our belief in humanistic values, the power of culture and virtue. We are grateful to everybody who is committed to helping Ukraine and believes in the country by promoting culture and education. We sow the seeds of peace.
Taisiya Savchuk-Polishchuk, President of Aleksandr Savchuk Foundation, Ambassador of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine.
About the artists
Anatoliy Gankevich (b. 1965)
Anatoliy Gankevich was born in 1965 in Odesa. In 1981 he graduated from Odessa art school and took individual painting lessons. Gankevich began his professional artistic career in the early 1990s and later became one of the most prominent representatives of the “new Ukrainian wave”.Since 2006, Anatoliy Gankevich has focused on his art projects in such areas as painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, and video art.As an artist, he became famous for creating paintings in a unique technique - mosaic imitation. For the artist himself, the mosaic technique is an effect of “pixeliness”, a symbol of eternity. For many years Anatoliy Gankevich was engaged in directing, leaving a noticeable mark in the history of Ukrainian video art. In 2020 this work was presented to the public in the framework of the project “The Gaze of the Sun: Aquatoria” at M17 CAC (Kyiv). The artist's works are currently in the collections of the Thyssen- Bornemisza Art Contemporary (Vienna), the National Art Museum of Ukraine (Kyiv), Odesa Fine Arts Museum, in private and corporate collections in Europe and the United States.
Egor Zigura was born in 1984 in Dnipro (Ukraine). The artist creates sculptures, installations, and art objects. He graduated from Taras Shevchenko Art School in 2003, from the Department of Sculpture of the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in 2009, and from the graduate program of the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in 2012. As a sculptor, Egor Zigura seeks to explore the legacy of the classical antiquity. His sculptures combine canonical forms with contemporary notions, highlighting the issue of identity in the multicultural world, consumerism, ecological challenges, and other problems of the global society. Egor works both with traditional and with contemporary materials. His arsenal includes bronze, metal and polyester.His works have won acclaim on the international level: they have been represented at international auctions (Phillips, Sotheby’s) and participated in art fairs (Spectrum Miami, Kölner Liste, Tokyo International Art Fair, Volta Basel, and more). His sculptures can be found in private collections in Denmark, France, Portugal, the UK, Singapore, the USA, Japan, China and Italy.
Mykyta Zigura was born in 1984 in Dnipro (Ukraine). The artist creates sculptures, installations, and art objects. He graduated from Taras Shevchenko Art School in 2003, from the Department of Sculpture of the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in 2009, and from the graduate program of the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in 2012. A Ukrainian sculptor combines classical traditions of sculpture and the latest trends in art, experiments a lot with form and material. In his work he raises the issues of ecology in the relationship between people and nature, in the relationship between people themselves; using the aesthetics of color and form, he philosophically reveals the theme of contemplation and awareness. Member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine (since 2012). Author of many monumental and park sculptures installed in the public spaces of Kyiv, Dnipro, Kharkiv, and other Ukrainian cities. His sculptures can be found in private collections in Australia, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, the UK, and others.