In the Eye of the Storm: Modernism in Ukraine, 1900 - 1930sFrom 29 November 2022 to 30 April 2023
The Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, Madrid, Spain, officially announced the dates of the exhibition In the Eye of the Storm: Modernism in Ukraine, 1900 - 1930s. The exhibition is scheduled to run from the 29th of November 2022.
The project has been presented earlier this year at the Beyeler Fondation in Basel, during the art days of the Art Basel fair. The exhibition presents the ground-breaking art produced in Ukraine in the first decades of the last century, showcasing trends that range from figurative art to futurism and constructivism.
In the most comprehensive survey of Ukrainian modern art to date, with many works on loan from the National Art Museum of Ukraine and the State Museum of Theatre, Music and Cinema of Ukraine, the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza celebrates the dynamism and diversity of the artistic scene in Ukraine.
In the Eye of the Storm reclaims this essential, though little-known in the West, chapter of European modernism, displaying around 70 works in a full range of media, from oil paintings and sketches to collages and theatre designs, including those created by Oleksandr Bohomazov, Vasyl Yermilov, Viktor Palmov, Anatol Petrytskyi, Kazymyr Malevych, El Lissitzky, Alexandra Exter, Sonia Delaunay and many more.
Before we did not separate Ukrainian artists and Ukrainian art from the stratum of Russian and Soviet art. Now, we are rediscovering the specific character and identity of Ukrainian avant-garde art. The artistic community expresses active solidarity with the fierce resistance of the Ukrainian people against the Russian invaders.
Guillermo Solana, Artistic Director at the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum
The curatorial group includes Dr. Konstantin Akinsha (USA/Italy), art critic, journalist, and co-founder of the Foundation for the Study of the Avant-Garde, and Kateryna Denysova, PhD Candidate at the Courtauld Institute of Art.
The exhibition is being implemented in partnership with Kyiv museums: the National Art Museum of Ukraine the Museum Complex "Mystetsky Arsenal", the State Museum of Theater, Music, and Cinema, the Central State Archives Museum of Literature and Arts, the National Oleksandr Dovzhenko Film Centre, and other Ukrainian institutions. The catalogue to the exhibition was published with the support of the Natalia Cola Foundation.
We believe that despite the uneasy situation in Ukraine, the exhibition project in Madrid will happen and become one of the significant projects for promotion of Ukrainian culture abroad.