Exhibition of Paintings by Fedor Konyukhov Opens in Vologda

"Красная чайка". Автор картины: Фёдор Конюхов

"The Journey of a Lifetime" is the name of the exhibition of the famous Russian traveler Fedor Konyukhov, which opened in February this year in the Vologda Regional Art Gallery. The exhibition presents works created in over three decades of wandering around the world. These are paintings and graphics: sketches from numerous expeditions, plot paintings and portraits, animalistic motifs and free landscape improvisations, large-scale, expressive, marked by the conventionality of the artistic style and sometimes leaning towards pure abstraction.

"The Vologda Region is one of the most beloved regions of Russia for Fedor Filippovich. In January 2009, during a visit to the Vologda Region by a delegation of the traveler's expeditionary headquarters, it was decided to create the Fedor Konyukhov School of Travelers in the Totma District. A year later it opened. Konyukhov himself repeatedly visited Totma and visited the school of travelers. During a meeting in June last year with Governor of the Vologda Region Oleg Kuvshinnikov, the prospects for the development of the school were discussed. At the same time, the head of the region told the academician of the Russian Academy of Arts about the upcoming opening of a new modern building of the Vologda Art Gallery and suggested thinking about holding an author's exhibition of works in Vologda. This year the idea came to life. The exhibition of Fedor Konyukhov's works was held at the largest museums of the country, and now – in the new modern building of the regional art gallery, which we are very proud of!" noted First Deputy Governor of the Vologda Region Eduard Zainak.

The exhibition at the Vologda Regional Art Gallery presents more than 50 paintings and graphic works by Fedor Konyukhov. The exhibition will run until March 19.


Выставка работ Фёдора Конюхова. Фото: Вологодская областная картинная галерея / Вологодское областное отделение РГО

Fedor Konyukhov is a traveler, a pilot of a free balloon, a long-distance sailing captain and a yacht captain, an ocean rower. Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts, full member of the Russian Geographical Society. He made five circumnavigations of the world, crossed the Atlantic 17 times on sailing yachts, performed three ocean crossings on rowing boats. This is the first person in the world who has reached the five poles of our planet: the Northern geographical, the Southern geographical, the pole of relative inaccessibility in the Arctic Ocean, the summit of Mount Everest (the pole of altitude), Cape Horn (the pole of yachtsmen). The first Russian who managed to complete the program "Seven Peaks of the World" – to climb the highest mountain of each continent. Awarded the Miklouho-Maclay Gold Medal of the Russian Geographical Society and the UNEP Global 500 Award for his contribution to environmental protection.