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02.09.2016 – 30.10.2016
Another History: Art in Kyiv from the Thaw Period to the Perestroika
Curator: Galyna Sklyarenko
National Art Museum of Ukraine
present the project
Opening September 2 (Friday), 7 pm
Keeping on the line of researching the art landscape in Ukraine, museum dedicates this project to the City and the people, with who it is co-exists for more than 117 years. Exhibition "Another History: Art in Kyiv from the Thaw Period to the Perestroika" presents a wide selection of artworks made in Kyiv during the second half on 20th century. The project offers a broad unbiased view on the polyphony of artistic interests, and on the ambiguity of creative aspirations and artists relations with social reality.
Every dialogue with the past is somehow linked to the modernity. Outlined by the two deep crises - of the socialist-realist doctrine on the verge of 1960's and the final collapse of the soviet ideology during the Perestroika - the late Soviet era still demands thorough exploration and raises many questions.
Eventually, when the previous ideological and social hierarchies decline, the former stereotypes step back, and the artworks themselves can move to the foreground to open their symbolic versatility, plastic expressiveness, and artistic content which is either tuned to the reality or rather distant from it. Still, what was the main theme of Ukrainian art of this period?
The exhibition presents artworks by V. Barskyi, V. Budnikov, O. Dybovyk, S. Heta, M. Hlushchenko, A. Horska I. Hrihoriev, E. Kotkov, M. Kryvenko, V. Kushnir, Ya. Levych, A. Lymarev, I. Marchuk, V. Melnychenko , D. Meretskyi, H. Neledva, S .Paradzhanov, O. Rapai, V. Ryzhykh, T. Silvashi, M. Vainshtein, Ye. Volobuiev, T. Yablonska, V. Zaretskyi, O. Zakharchuk and others. Their art not only offers a broad range of artistic views, but, in the first place, it testifies the diversity of the epoch which had its own development, its own tensions and dramas that didn't limit to the opposition of ‘official' and ‘unofficial' art. These works show that significant and bright art survived despite the ideological pressure, supporting and developing live streams of creativity. This experience doesn't lose its artistic value and invites for the further discussions about the history of Ukrainian art, its rises and falls, about the meaning of the art itself where the author plays the main role under any circumstances.
The round table, presentations of the catalogue and special edition of Antikvar (The Antiquarian) magazine will take place during the exhibition.
Illustration in the text: Anatolii Sumar. Balcony. 1958