April is the month which is historically related to Yuri Gagarin, the first human to travel into the outer space. The students of the Institute for the Humanities and IT are well-educated people, thus they do not miss an opportunity to get new knowledge of the world.
During their visit to The Memorial Museum of Astronautics, where a presentation of a unique album entitled «Space Journey from Star to Star» was held the students of the IGUMO Department of Journalism found out that astronauts draw amazing paintings.
The primary object of paintings was, of course, the unknown Space itself. Before the 12th of April, 1961, the painters had depicted imaginary galaxies and their fantasy was unlimited. The A. P.Sardan's painting entitled «The Poem of a Morning Dawn» which had been painted in 1920 is considered to be the earliest work of this genre. But people could only dream about the Space at that time!
The IGUMO students met great cosmists of art – the authors of the paintings, members of the Russian Academy of Arts, Russian Union of Artists, Moscow Union of Artists, art historians, who had already been in the Space and had painted pictures with cosmic images in accordance with their personal experience and impressions.
There are more than 200 paintings on the subject of Space made by 40 painters of different genres in the album «Space Journey from Star to Star». The paintings and the way they were created were various. We could see spacecraft, UFO, black holes, Earth's magnetic field, streams of stars, nebula of galaxies, the portraits of legendary heroes of Space, such as Yuri Gagarin, Sergei Korolev, Valentina Tereshkova and many others. Aleksandr Lazutkin, Pilot-Cosmonaut of the Russian Federation, Hero of the Russian Federation thanked the painters for their art and asked them to sign the album after the presentation.
At the end of the evening, the IGUMO Department of Journalism students enjoyed several musical compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky performed and sung by a children's chorus from School for Music and Chorus entitled «Radost» accompanied by organ and flute.10.04.2012