In the Eye of the Storm
After being exhibited on the premises of the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, and earlier being presented at the Foundation Beyeler, the exhibition “In the Eye of the Storm. Modernism in Ukraine 1900-1930s” opens on 19 October 2023 at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels.
The touring exhibition In the Eye of the Storm highlights a range of artistic styles and diverse cultural identities and features over 60 works, most of which are on loan from the National Art Museum of Ukraine and the Museum of Theatre, Music and Cinema of Ukraine in order to safeguard them during the ongoing unprecedented Russian invasion of Ukraine and to reveal to the world the heritage of Ukrainian art.
The Modernist movement in Ukraine developed in the eye of the storm of the history hurricane: against a backdrop of collapsing empires, WWI, the struggle for independence of Ukraine and, finally, the creation of Soviet Ukraine.
Despite the upheavals, the first decades of the 20th century saw bold artistic experimentations and flowering of art, literature and theatre in Ukraine. The collection brings together works by artists such as Kazymyr Malevych (Kazimir Malevich), Alexandra Exter, El Lissitzky, Oleksandr Bohomazov, Mykhailo Boichuk and many more.
The curatorial group: Dr. Konstantin Akinsha, art critic and co-founder of the Foundation for the Study of the Avant-Garde, Kateryna Denysova, PhD Candidate at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and Olena Kashuba-Volvach, PhD in Art Studies, Head of the Department of Art of early 19th-20th century, at the National Art Museum of Ukraine.
If you are in Brussels (and missed this exhibition in Madrid before), be sure to pay a visit to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium from October 19, 2023, through January 28, 2024.
Address: Rue de la Régence 3, 1000 Bruxelles