EXHIBITION REVIEW BY LEADING ART CRITIC
MICHAEL ROGATCHI’S DREAM, MEMORY, LOVE EXHIBITION IN TALLINN, ESTONIA.
REVIEW BY ELLA AGRANOVSKY, YOUTH OF ESTONIA newspaper, August 2004
Michael Rogatchi’s paintings are very interesting because of the artist’s colour resolution. His paintings plot is dramatic always, his colours are intense, and the inter-connection of the plots and colour resolutions originates an extra drama of those magnetic works. Philosophical context and essence of his works are settling it in a special kind of art when artist knows precisely well what does he want to say and why. It is a rare quality in the contemporary art.
Michael Rogatchi’s exhibition consist three main parts which reflects the essence of human life: dream, memory, love. Following the artist’s concept of his latest and largest, so far, exhibition ( showing 73 artworks), ‘without dream, there is no present, without memory there is neither past or future, and without love nothing happens or exist ever’. And all these patterns of our lives are inter-connected in Michael Rogatchi’s art and his works and perception.
It is just naturally impossible to convey in words his large and magnificent Bolero composition. The one of the allusions after looking into that big ‘tapestry of life’ is that it reminds, in highly artistic way, about roundness of life as a philosophical concept, with its every next spiral drives us up to the new level. Bolero is full with conceptual allusions, the one of them is that corrida, the form of mutual struggle between human being and an animal, a bull, in this case, is a very special model of relationships which presents to the both parties an unique possibility of inter-transformation.
The artist emphasises that his philosophical Bolero composition is an artistic study of compassion. He says that with regard to corrida, the most compassion is awaken in me as in human being by the destiny of horses participated there, and it always was the case. I always felt this compassion thinking on horses which participate in corrida. This work is about necessity and possibility of choices, it is about our human attitude to many things and phenomena around us, it is about freedom, and the feelings and behaviour of a slave in whatever context , forms and ways of slavery it could bee, and behaviour and choices of a free man. It is a drama, a contrast between despair and cruelty from one side, and mercy, beauty and energy from another. Freedom is the highest value – as for a human being, as for every living creature”, – emphasises the artist.
The exhibition in a whole provides its viewers with a firework full of dramas, passions, emotions and beauty. It is must art and culture event in Tallinn, and anywhere where this stunning exhibition of this so special master will be travelling in its impressive international tour.