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New Exhibition opens in Padua, Italy: Alexander Zhyvotkov. The Sacred Tablets of Ukraine

An exhibition of contemporary artist Alexander Zhyvotkov will open at the Galleria Cavour municipal gallery in Padua, Italy. The exhibition is organized by the Ukrainian charitable foundation Stedley Art Foundation in cooperation with the municipality of Padua – Department of Culture, as well as under the patronage of the Veneto region, the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, the Embassy of Ukraine in the Italian Republic, and the Consulate of Ukraine in Milan.

The exhibition “The Sacred Tablets of Ukraine” will present Italian viewers for the first time with over 30 works by Alexander Zhyvotkov, most of which were created after the onset of the full-scale Russian invasion. On February 24th the artist’s studio became his own battlefield where Zhyvotkov fought as an artist for his country. Most of his works are dedicated to specific dates and months, which will be forever linked to heart-rending events in history. Bucha, Mariupol, Kherson, Irpin, and Vinnytsia. 

This war has caused Ukraine a lot of pain, despair, and misery and the artist carves these emotions in his sculptural reliefs and sunk reliefs in stone and wood.

Alexander Zhyvotkov belongs to a rare creed of artists who focus their art on the tragedy of being and human moral ideals. His art is truly genuine and his expressive bas-reliefs in wood and stone have an deep effect on the spectator as they document tragic events and remind us of the frailty of humanism in the real world.


In collaboration with the Municipality of Padua 

Free admission

Opening times

Tuesday to Friday: 11:00 to 13:30 from 14:00 to 19:30

Saturday to Sunday: 10:00 to 13:30 з 14:00 to 19:30

Galleria Civica Cavour, Piazza Cavour, Padua – Italy