Kaleidoscope of (Hi)stories: Art from Ukraine is the first survey of contemporary art from Ukraine in the Netherlands. Complemented by key pieces from the country’s historical avant-garde, this exhibition tells the story of Ukraine’s cultural identity, against the backdrop of the country’s tension between freedom and oppression, in paintings, drawings, videos, installations, performances, sculpture, sound work, photography and textiles.
As of June 19th 2023, UNESCO counted a number of 260 cultural Ukrainian sites that have been destroyed or damaged since the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Together with the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen in Dresden (SKD), Germany, Museum de Fundatie has therefore set itself the following goal with Kaleidoscope of (Hi)stories: to contribute to the protection of the artistic heritage of Ukraine and to ensure that contemporary artists from Ukraine, many of whom have had to flee their country, can continue their work.
Taking four themes as a point of departure,the exhibition unveils the strong intertwinement of Ukrainian diverse history, its permanent social and political turbulence with Ukrainian artists’ work. Practices of Resistance, Cultures of Memory, Spaces of Freedom and Thoughts about the Future, each reflect on the dynamic between the claim for freedom and the mechanisms of repression through art.
The exhibition will be accompanied by an extensive catalogue with essays by a.o. curators Tatiana Kochubinska, Maria Isserlis & Aude Christel Mgba, and contributions by participating artists Yevgenia Belorusets & Larion Lozovyi. A publication by Waanders, Museum de Fundatie and Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden.
Dates: 14 October 2023 – 28 january 2024