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From Lemons to Lemonade

Notre Dame de Paris. Paris. France
March 2021
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Notre Dame de Paris
is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. The cathedral was consecrated to the Virgin Mary and considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. Its pioneering use of the rib vault and flying buttress, its enormous and colourful rose windows, as well as the naturalism and abundance of its sculptural decoration set it apart from the earlier Romanesque style.While undergoing renovation and restoration, the roof of Notre-Dame caught fire on the evening of 15 April 2019. Wikipedia
Address: Parvis Notre-Dame – Place Jean-Paul-II, Paris , 75004 France 

The Story. 

COVID sick artist working from her bed on Notre Dame Brule exhibition  that was canceled due total French lockdown and NFT


3 weeks ago Zoia Skoropadenko contemporary artist based in Monaco was tested positive on COVID-19 

After 2 weeks and a half of a severe symptoms she managed to get back to her work on upcoming exhibition in Paris dedicated to transformation of Notre Dame after the fire in 2019. 

But 2 weeks ago French President Macron locked down France for 4 weeks which canceled the exhibition planned for 17th of April in a commerces around Notre Dame de Paris.


Skoropadenko didn't give up. “I survived Covid I can make it happened.”  And so she did using Ipad, NFT and 3D online exhibitions. 



Notre Dame Brûlée pop up exhibition was planned to be open in Paris in diverse commerces in 4th arrondissement from 15 till 25 of April 2021. Skoropadenko had an idea not only to show her work of last 2 years but also to revive the life in local commerce around Notre Dame. To attract the visitors to local businesses by pop up flash exhibition.  Most of opened shops and businesses were highly interested in this project and the exhibition was confirmed in February 2021. The idea was that every shop will feature in their window or inside one art piece of Skoropadenko from her series Notre Dame Brule.

There  was a printed a map with every art piece in every commerce  with QR codes to easy find the commerce with art in it.  As well as was created a virtual map of where to find the art pieces with list of every commerce around Notre Dame. 

  The public would be looking for art pieces “Notre Dame Brule” and meanwhile discovering and supporting the local businesses.  


But first, the artist went down with COVID-19 and then French President ordered a new lock down till beginning of May so physical exhibition was canceled twice. 


But Skoropadenko decided not to stop and found another solution. As  she is too weak to work in her atelier with a real material, she took out her Ipad and started sketching Notre Dame Brule exhibition from memories when she was in her Parisian Studio in front of Notre Dame. 

Zoia Skoropadenko in her Parisian Studio. 2021


The studio of the artist Zoia Skoropadenko situated on Ile de la Cite just in front of Notre Dame de Paris. She was painting Notre Dame de Paris for years from her studio window. 

When in 2019 fire of Notre Dame had happened, Skoropadenko started a new series called “Notre Dame Brule” made out of live sketches and paintings of the aftermath of the tragedy. 


She created more than 300 drawings and 100 paintings of restoration of Notre Dame. Each time she was working in her Parisian studio Skoropadenko depicting the progress of the reconstruction. Zoia plans to do a big exhibition of this series when the Notre Dame will be reopened. 




“For long time I was very inspired by Ipad art by David Hockney. And now life push me to do it myself” - says Skoropadenko. 

She created  32 digital art works dedicated to restoration of Notre Dame. The 3D Virtual exhibition is be opened on the online platform of Kunstmatrix on 15th of April 2021 and accessible through website of artist


“They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade, I thought if all odds are against me with COVID and lockdown I  will do NFT instead” says Skoropadenko.

All works from series “Notre Dame Brule” digital edition will be available on an NFT platform Rarible

Zoia Skoropadenko. Notre Dame Brule. Digital Ipad Art. 2021
Zoia Skoropadenko Studio
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