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Haus Gallery 09.09.2021

Viktor Sinjukajev

Retrospective

Some exhibitions have a name like this here - "Retrospective," simply and clearly expressing the nature of the display without riddles, challenging metaphors, and large symbols. The retrospective that we are exhibiting now at Haus Gallery is a look back on the life of one artist, Viktor Sinjukajev, who is celebrating his 80th anniversary at Haus Gallery on September 9th.
What makes this event even more special is that Sinjukajev’s last large-scale exhibition was also organized at Haus Gallery 20 years ago when he celebrated his 60th anniversary with us.

During the past 20 years, Sinjukajev has not considered it important to organise any solo exhibitions but rather kept busy working as an independent artist and participating in group exhibitions. All the more so, this exhibition is a significant and festive event, as the author has now considered the occasion to be sufficient to give art lovers the opportunity to delve into his world again.

Haus Gallery has always represented Viktor Sinjukajev's work, valuing him as one of the most technically interesting and methodically masterful artists in our contemporary art space.

The jubilee exhibition presents works from his study periods, it takes a look at the artist’s contemporary paintings and offers insight into the many years of work in between - the period where most of the works in Viktor Sinjukajev's exhibition are from - the 1980s and 90s.

Viktor Sinjukajev is part of the generation of artists who came from the former Soviet Union to study at the Estonian National Institute of Art and remained in Estonia to live and work. Viktor Sinjukajev graduated from ERKI as a graphic artist in 1973 and became a member of the Estonian Artists' Union already in 1978. It was his skills as a graphic artist and making posters that brought Sinjukajev projects to work in Estonia in the early years. His poster designs promoting both political and cultural events at that time are significant. A nostalgic selection of the original poster designs of that time, which were widely mass-produced by the Soviet printing industry, is also exhibited at the exhibition offering an intriguing look back at the propaganda of the USSR.

However, the most significant works of Sinjukajev's creation in the exhibition are his urban landscapes, such as the panel walls of the formerly modern residential area Lasnamäe in their large-scale rhythms. The artist depicts these walls authentically, using a texture imitating plaster or stucco on the painting surface. However, lights and shadows in the rhythms of corners and windows have a poeticizing effect on Lasnamäe, rather than supporting its run-down stereotype. Sinjukajev’s Lasnamäe is an architectural complex inviting you to think and see Lasnamäe as a monument to a living environment of possibility, having cleared it of the noise of people and movements. The artist delves into the heart of the stone city as if capturing someone in a moment of being alone and just with himself. He lovingly calls this series of works “panels” and a rhythm of panels it really is.

In addition to the panels, Sinjukajev's still-lives, landscapes and seas create sensitive variations in the exhibition. One would think there are a number of old-fashioned realistic and traditional views behind the paintings, but far from it. Viktor Sinjukajev also stylizes the most traditional themes. He is particularly interested in the rhythms of compositions, structures of the painting surfaces and always strives to a refined and individual minimalism, whether at the level of simplified motifs or in monochrome colors.

The exhibition in Haus Gallery is diverse and thoroughly enjoyable, yet entirely harmonious, exploring the world through the many years of work of one artist, inviting one to look for connections and diversity within our own space of thought and within the exhibition.

Curator Piia Ausman

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Pilv mere kohal
Viktor Sinjukajev
Pilv mere kohal
2018. oil, canvas 70 x 90 cm (framed)
price 1 800
Päikeseloojang Läänemerel
Viktor Sinjukajev
Päikeseloojang Läänemerel
2019. Oil, canvas 60 x 80 cm (framed)
price 1 100
Kamenets-Podolsk
Viktor Sinjukajev
Kamenets-Podolsk
1972. Linocut on paper 33 x 42 cm (framed)
price 160
Tallinn, Museum of History
Viktor Sinjukajev
Tallinn, Museum of History
1970. Woodcut on paper 30 x 20 cm (framed)
price 160
Composition III
Viktor Sinjukajev
Composition III
1993. Tempera and mixed media on cardboard 44.8 x 54.8 cm (framed)
price 800
Still-life With Redcurrants
Viktor Sinjukajev
Still-life With Redcurrants
2001. Oil on canvas 60 x 80 cm (framed)
price 1 200
Composition
Viktor Sinjukajev
Composition
2016. Oil on masonite 50 x 27 cm (framed)
price 800
Composition
Viktor Sinjukajev
Composition
2001. Oil on masonite 50 x 32 cm (framed)
price 800
(sold)The Baltic Sea Awakens
Viktor Sinjukajev
The Baltic Sea Awakens
2018. Oil on canvas 70 x 90 cm (framed)
price 1 300
The Baltic Sea
Viktor Sinjukajev
The Baltic Sea
2018. Oil on canvas 60 x 80 cm (framed)
price 1 200
Gurzuf
Viktor Sinjukajev
Gurzuf
1990. Oil on canvas 100 x 100 cm (framed)
Vase
Viktor Sinjukajev
Vase
2001. Oil on masonite 50 x 59 cm (framed)
price 700
Watermelon
Viktor Sinjukajev
Watermelon
2001. Oil on masonite 50 x 59 cm (framed)
price 700
The Cliff
Viktor Sinjukajev
The Cliff
2021. Tempera and mixed media on canvas 100 x 100 cm (framed)
price 1 600
Courtyard in Lasnamäe
Viktor Sinjukajev
Courtyard in Lasnamäe
1991. Tempera and mixed media on canvas 100 x 100 cm (framed)
price 3 500
Totalitarian Object
Viktor Sinjukajev
Totalitarian Object
1992. Tempera and mixed media on canvas 100 x 100 cm (framed)
price 3 500
Poster for the Opera Carmen
Viktor Sinjukajev
Poster for the Opera Carmen
1982. Acrylic on masonite 90 x 60 cm (not framed)
price 500
Poster for the Opera Porgy and Bess
Viktor Sinjukajev
Poster for the Opera Porgy and Bess
1978. Acrylic on masonite 90 x 60 cm (not framed)
price 500
Poster for Concert
Viktor Sinjukajev
Poster for Concert
1978. Acrylic on masonite 90 x 60 cm (not framed)
price 500
(sold)Poster for the Baltic Regatta
Viktor Sinjukajev
Poster for the Baltic Regatta
1979. Acrylic on masonite 90 x 60 cm (framed)
price 500
(sold)Poster
Viktor Sinjukajev
Poster "We Stand as a Wall"
1968. Tempera on cardboard 90 x 60 cm (not framed)
price 500
Poster
Viktor Sinjukajev
Poster "NSVL"
1979. Tempera on masonite 90 x 60 cm (not framed)
price 500
The Wall
Viktor Sinjukajev
The Wall
1991. tempera and mixed media on canvas 100 x 100 cm (framed)
price 3 500
The Wall II
Viktor Sinjukajev
The Wall II
1992. tempera and mixed media on canvas 100 x 100 cm (framed)
price 3 500
(sold)Kullmani 8
Viktor Sinjukajev
Kullmani 8
1991. Tempera and mixed media on canvas 100 x 100 cm (framed)
price 3 500
The Sea
Viktor Sinjukajev
The Sea
2018. Oil on canvas 60 x 80 cm (framed)
price 1 200
(sold)Apple and Knife
Viktor Sinjukajev
Apple and Knife
2011. Oil on canvas 29.8 x 34.7 cm (framed)
price 700
Sunset
Viktor Sinjukajev
Sunset
2000. Oil on canvas 54 x 70 cm (framed)
View on the River
Viktor Sinjukajev
View on the River
1992. Tempera and mixed media on canvas 60 x 80 cm (framed)
View of a Familiar Street
Viktor Sinjukajev
View of a Familiar Street
1997. Oil on masonite 60 x 80 cm (framed)
price 1 300
Portrait of a Woman
Viktor Sinjukajev
Portrait of a Woman
2006. Oil on masonite 51 x 32 cm (framed)
Model
Viktor Sinjukajev
Model
1968. Pencil on paper 82 x 96 cm (framed)
Self-Portrait
Viktor Sinjukajev
Self-Portrait
1959. Oil on cardboard 23 x 18.5 cm (framed)