Ukraine in the Fondation Beyeler


On Wednesday, June 15th, 4 p. m., The Fondation Beyeler (Basel, Switzerland) will host a presentation of the Ukrainian project, “In the Eye of the Storm. Modernism in Ukraine 1900-1930’s”.

In the Eye of the Storm. Modernism in Ukraine 1900s-1930s” deals with the development of Ukrainian modernism in cities such as Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Odesa. It is the first comprehensive display of Ukrainian Art from the beginning of the 20th century to be shown in the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum (Madrid, Spain).

The exhibition will comprise around 100 works from leading Ukrainian museums, as well as from Western public and private collections. The exhibition will be produced in partnership with the National Art Museum of Ukraine and other institutions.

The history of Ukrainian Modernism is tragic. At the beginning of the 1930’s, many leading artists became victims of the Stalinist purges and their works were either destroyed or hidden in special repositories. It was only after Ukrainian independence in 1991 that these canvases saw the light of the day again.

The show will include works by Oleksandr Bogomazov, Olexandra Exter, Volodymyr and David Burliuk, Victor Palmov, Vasyl Yermуlov, Anatol Petrytsky, Vadym Meller and others.

The Ukrainian Institute will present an extensive film programme focusing on Ukrainian modernist cinematography. In addition, a comprehensive catalog will be published in English.

The curatorial group includes Dr. Konstantin Akinsha (USA/Italy), 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 cent. at the National Art Museum of Ukraine.

The other participants of the presentation are: Guillermo Solana, artistic Director at the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum in Madrid, Andriy Adamovskiy, Ukrainian philanthropist, collector, James Butterwick, British collector, expert in the field of the Ukrainian modernist tradition, Tetyana Filevska, creative director at the Ukrainian institute, Natalia Shpytkovska, director of M17 Contemporary Art Center, Kyiv.

The joint organizers of the presentation are the charity foundation “Art for Victory UA” and M17 Contemporary Art Center in Kyiv.

The partners of the presentation: The Fondation Beyeler, The Natalia Cola Foundation, Ukrainian Institute, Artcult Foundation, Artelia consultancy and Ukrainian project “Strong & Precious”.

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The Fondation Beyeler oversees the art collection of Hildy and Ernst Beyeler, which features modern and tribal art as well as comprehensive holdings of works from 19th – 21st centuries.

Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museumis an art museum in Madrid, Spain, with over 1,600 paintings. The museum’s collection includes many artworks by leading artists of European and North American modernism. The museum presents art series by famous Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo painters, West artists from the 18th and 19th centuries.

National Art Museum of Ukraine is a state cultural institution with a leading collection of Ukrainian art from the Middle Ages to the present. The main aspects of the museum’s activities are the collection, study, preservation, exhibition and provision of educational services in the art field.

Ukrainian Institute is a public institution affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. Its mission is to strengthen Ukraine’s international standing through the means of cultural diplomacy. The Institute facilitates international connections between people and institutions and creates opportunities for Ukraine to interact and cooperate with the world.

The Natalia Cola Foundation, established by philanthropist and arts patron Natalia Cola, was founded in 2019 to support institutions that value tradition, while championing new artists; ways of thinking and encouraging open discourse. It currently partners with The Serpentine Gallery and The Royal Academy.

“Strong & Precious” is a Ukrainian art project presenting Ukraine as a country with strong creative potential. The main idea behind “Strong & Precious” is to consolidate the wide range of Ukrainian jewellery designers for popularizing Ukrainian art traditions and presenting them on the international scene.

“Art for Victory UA”, established by the Ukrainian and international art and culture community with the aim to support and promote the existence and survival of Ukrainian culture in the current state of war conditions which threaten its very existence.

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