Ukrainian art convoy defies bombs to go on display in Madrid

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In the Eye of the Storm: Modernism in Ukraine, 1900 - 1930s

A secret convoy of two trucks containing 51 rare works of art slipped out of Kyiv early last Tuesday, hours before waves of Russian missiles began raining down on the capital and other cities across Ukraine.


A mission to transport the works west to Lviv, across the border to Poland and then 3,000km across Europe to Madrid was unexpectedly hazardous, even for wartime. Much of the country was plunged into darkness as energy infrastructure came under fire. Lviv was targeted as the trucks passed through.


As the trucks approached the Ukraine-Poland border, a stray missile fell in the nearby Polish village of Przewodów, threatening a major escalation of the war.


After five days on the road, the artworks reached their destination, the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in the Spanish capital, where next week they will go on display in a major exhibition of Ukrainian avant garde art.