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Architect with autumn in his soul

An exhibition in memory of the architect and artist Alexander Aleshchenko has opened in Khabarovsk.

Alexander Aleshenko could not defeat the coronavirus infection, but he conquered time, leaving behind a bright memory in the Khabarovsk architecture, paintings and in the hearts of everyone who knew him.

Architect with autumn in his soul
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Photo: Vladimir Khakhaev

- If you look closely, you will see that it is actually spring! - the artist's wife Tatyana tells visitors about his last painting, - this is on Tunguska, when the snow has melted, when the greenery is just beginning to break through, and it seems that this old trunk will never come to life, and at the same time there is life there, and this life goes on. I think that Sasha is now among us and is glad that he became an excuse for all of us to gather.

The small hall of the House of Creative Intelligentsia of Khabarovsk accommodated a little more than 40 paintings, which Sasha - who rarely called him Alexander - did not have time to give to his friends. Easy to relate to everything material, except for architecture, he handed out his canvases with the generosity of a man with a bottomless talent. This is partly why the organizers of the exhibition had to sweat - Alexander did not keep a catalog of his works, and sometimes it was collective work to determine the year of writing this or that thing, remembering "When was that barbecue trip?"

- Yes, sometimes it was like that, - says the architect Sergei Sokolov, a friend and colleague of Sasha Aleshchenko, - sometimes barbecues were not ready yet, and he already came running from the other side with a picture!

So the canvas - "The Beginning of the Bridge" - was born on one of these picnics. Although, as is the case with real creators, not artisans, some canvases were not easy to produce, required emotional stress.

“They need to be carefully watched,” says Aleksandr's colleague, architect Vladimir Khakhaev, “some are easy to decipher; to decipher others, you need to read a lot of books, listen to a lot of music, and only then will they“ open ”.

The main life vocation of Alexander Aleshchenko was, of course, architecture, and in terms of the brightness of this facet of his talent, few can compare with him. But painting became the outlet that brought harmony into his life, gave vent to those emotions and feelings that "frozen music" is not subject to.

- It seems to me that he painted pictures all his free time from architecture, although he was loaded with the main work without days off and holidays, - the artist Pavel Ogluzdin recalls, - it was part of his soul. He didn't bother especially with styles and the like. Sasha had two main themes - nature and his women, and he knew how to perfectly reflect them on canvas, passing through himself.

"Light", "sensitive", "intelligent" - whoever talked about Alexander, could not do without these words. So he was at home, with friends, the same at work. Olyana Sorokina, a student and colleague of the architect, recalls how they worked together on a large complex project of the square with the "City of City Glory" monument in Khabarovsk:
- When we were given the task for the competition of this project, we were shocked. Because it was necessary to connect two squares that are not connected with each other, and another third to fence ... Plus, it was also necessary to change the "Turgenev" staircase - but we figured it out and decided that Sasha would be engaged in a complex building under the square, and I was engaged square. And that was the coolest thing - he did not meddle in my work, I did not meddle in his. When working together, it's the coolest! But I recognized him as a student, he advised me a lot while I was studying, then he was my curator when I started at a design institute.

Most of the embodied architectural works of Alexander Aleshenko are residential complexes in Khabarovsk - "Amur Dawns" of the first and second stages, two white and blue skyscrapers on Dzerzhinsky, on Turgenev. The first "Amur Dawns" - on Sheronova Street - at one time caused heated debate among local architects. Many colleagues criticized the high-rise building with a three-storey stylobate, lined with champagne-colored panels, for being too bulky and atypical of structures, but now the building is an indisputable decoration of the city center. And doing everything around you beautifully is another talent of Alexander, even after his departure.

- Sasha has an unfinished project, which we are now all together - as a team - are finishing it, we are trying to finish it, - says Olyana Sorokina, - this is a sports complex in Komsomolsk-on-Amur - there are four buildings, and he is alone, he developed all this himself and he did all this, but did not have time to complete it.

Alexander's friends and colleagues plan to make a catalog of his works, and, perhaps, organize another exhibition, collecting donated canvases for it. You can see his paintings of the current exposition until October 13, 2021, but his buildings in Khabarovsk can be seen for decades, if not centuries.

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