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Kaleidoscope of (Hi)stories. Ukrainian Art 1912–2023

The Albertinum is dedicating a comprehensive survey exhibition to modern Ukrainian art. It is the first of its kind in Germany and Europe. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, installations, video works, graphic art and archives represent Ukrainian art from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. In the process, some of the exhibited works travel outside the country for the first time and provide insights into Ukraine’s eventful history as well as its constant struggle for its own self-image.

The exhibition is conceived similar to a journey and consists of four main themes that overlap: “Practices of Resistance”, “Culture of Memory”, “Spaces of Freedom” and “Thoughts on the Future”. In them, the current situation combines with historical processes and reveals individual experiences and personal stories. Each position represents a specific microcosm interwoven with the history of the country, its art and heritage. As a result, the complexity and diversity of today’s Ukrainian art scene unfolds. The exhibition tells many stories about the country’s fluctuating state. It deals with self-knowledge in Ukrainian history, which unfolds less out of pride than under external duress.

Artworks by Alla Horska, Oksana Pavlenko, Maria Siniakova, Serhiy Parajanov and Halyna Zhehulska from the Stedley Art Foundation collection will be presented at the exhibition. In dialogue, artworks of contemporary artists presented by side of the masterpieces of artists of the XX century will show the continuity of culture and the sources of contemporary art in Ukraine since its beginnings from the avant-garde to the present day.

Duration of the exhibition 06.05.2023—10.09.2023