First Major Exhibition of Early 20th Century Ukrainian Art
Date: 12 Jul 2006 | | Views: 7226
The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs announces the first major exhibition of early 20th century Ukrainian art in the United States. Crossroads: Modernism in Ukraine, 1910-1930 will be on display at the Chicago Cultural Center in the fourth floor Exhibit Hall, 78 E. Washington Street, from July 22 through October 15, 2006. Admission to the exhibition is free.
This outstanding exhibit of 21 Ukrainian avant-garde artists includes approximately over 70 works gathered by Professor Dmitirii Dmytro Horbachov, an international expert on this period and Nikita Lobanov-Rostovsky, from private collections, the National Art Museum of Ukraine, the Theatre Museum, the Museum of Folk Art of the Ukraine, and the Art Museum of Dnipropetrovsk. Anatolii Melnyk, General Director of the National Art Museum of Ukraine, provided organizational assistance in Ukraine and John Bowlt, Professor at the University of Southern California, served as editor of the exhibition catalog.
The exhibition has been organized by the Foundation for International Arts and Education with the National Art Museum of Ukraine. It is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Kyiv Committee of the Chicago Sister Cities International Program. The national tour is sponsored by The Boeing Company, Tthe Trust for Mutual Understanding, Nour USA Ltd., Konstantin Grigorishin and Aerosvit Airlines. Additional financial support has been provided by Oleksandr Tabalov, Mykola M. Shymone, Dean Buntrock and Chadbourne and Park, LLP. and
"Crossroads explores the role of Ukraine in the development of the avant-garde movement," said Gregory Knight, Deputy Commissioner/Visual Arts of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. "It includes works by well-known artists like Kazimir Malevich, Alexandra Exter and David Burliuk and introduces American audiences to previously unknown Ukrainian artists including Yasyl Yermylov and Oleksandr Bohomazov."
The international avant-garde movement that reached its peak during the first three decades of the twentieth century included many influential and innovative artists from Ukraine. As elsewhere in the former Soviet Union, these artists were often persecuted and executed in the 1930s and their works were banned or destroyed. According to local experts, nearly 2,000 of these works were confiscated by the government during the late 1930s, and only 300 remain today. This exhibition presents the best of these works, many of which have only recently been viewed outside of Ukraine.
Writing in the exhibition catalog, Mr, Lobanov-Rostovsky noted: "This exhibit is designed to show an American audience the talent and unique nature of Ukrainian avant-garde art and to help understand that the artists are, indeed, Ukrainian, not Russian, a difference not always appreciated in the West. Moreover, the exhibition is equally important because it will also help Ukrainians acquaint themselves with their own cultural heritage."
The public is invited to learn more about the exhibition with a full schedule of events listed below that have been organized to accompany the exhibition. All are free, unless otherwise noted.