Ukrainian avant-garde art ‘supported’ by Zelenski at Thyssen museum

by Lorraine Williamson
Ukrainian art
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The Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum in Madrid opens from 29 November the exhibition En el ojo del huracán. Vanguardia and Ucrania, 1900-1930. The Ukrainian art works will be on display until 30 April. 

The exhibition (In the Eye of the Hurricane: Avant-garde in Ukraine, 1900-1930.) brings together various art movements from the country, from figurative art to futurism and constructivism, from the first decades of the 20th century.  

The exhibition  – which runs until 30 April 2023 – has “numerous and important” pieces on loan from the National Ukrainian Art Museum and the Museum of Theatre, Music and Cinema of Ukraine. After their presentation in Madrid, the works will go to the Museum Ludwig in Cologne.  

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Support Zelensky 

‘The exhibition was made possible thanks to the support of President Volodymir Zelensky, the Cabinet of the President of Ukraine and Ukrainian Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko. But also through the support of Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sport and other institutions and entities’. 

Despite the tragic historical context in which works developed, marked by World War I, the 1917 revolutions, the War of Independence and the birth of the Soviet Union, Ukrainian art in those years experienced a period of artistic experimentation. 

69 works from unknown chapter 

En el ojo del huracán. Vanguardia and Ucrania, 1900-1930 brings back this little-known chapter of Western avant-garde art. by bringing together 69 works in a chronological montage that includes its most important representatives . These include Oleksandr Bohomazov, Vasyl Yermilov, Anatol Petrytskyi and Mykhailo Boichuck. But it also includes internationally renowned artists who were born in Ukraine and started their careers there, such as Alexandra Exter, Wladimir Baranoff-Rossiné and Sonia Delaunay. Finally, it also concerns leading figures of the international avant-garde who worked in Ukraine and influenced the national art scene, such as Kazymyr Malevych or El Lissitzky. 

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