Mission San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano, CA




Sergei Bongart (1918-1985) at Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano will host an exhibition of the work of Russian-American artist Sergei Bongart (1918-85) September 10-October 5, 1999 in the newly renovated Soldier's Barracks (Art Gallery) of the Mission. Bongart was born in the Ukraine, and studied art in his native city of Kiev, famed for its ancient icons. He also studied and painted in Prague, Vienna and Munich. In 1948, he emigrated to the U. S. and spent much time painting in California.

Bongart has been described as "an ardent spirit, a poet, now sensual, now spiritual, who makes joyful proclamations in paint of his love of life and the world in which we live, or sorrowful eulogies upon its tragedies." His work is featured in prominent museums, and has received many awards, including a Gold Medal from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. (left: Russian Shawls, oil on canvas, 36 x 40 inches)

The exhibition is curated by Jeffrey Morseburg. Above images are of paintings by Sergei Bongart.


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