The exposition includes 42 illustrations to the poems and songs of Vladimir Vysotsky, including “Save Our Souls”, “Paradise Apples”, “Nabat”, “Death of the Fighter”, “Captured - an order: not to give up ...” and others, and also 15 sheets of lithographs by M. Shemyakin of the series “The Womb of Paris”. 5 archival photographs of M. Shemyakin and V. Vysotsky taken in the workshop of M. Shemyakin in Paris (author - Patrick Bernard, 1976) will be interesting for the audience.
Mikhail Shemyakin and Vladimir Vysotsky met in Paris and remained friends forever. Vysotsky dedicated his songs to Shemyakin, who, in turn, painted illustrations for the works of Vladimir Semenovich, and after his death he created a monument to the poet, installed in Samara.
"Two Fates" is the result of many years of work by Mikhail Shemyakin, according to him, "a kind of graphic art monument to Vladimir Vysotsky and his work." The artist created 42 sheets according to the number of years the poet lived. The book and exhibition are unique experiences in interpreting Vysotsky’s work, and interpretation is not only pictorial. Shemyakin comments on his own illustrations, because they are a kind of key not only to the songs of a friend, but also to the secret of the poet’s art world.