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"Phenomenon of the Ukrainian Avant-garde, 1910 - 1935"
2002-02-14 until 2002-04-07
Art Gallery of Hamilton
The Phenomenon of the Ukrainian Avant-garde, 1910 - 1935, is an exhibition that
features works rescued from the Spetsfond (special collection), and have never
before seen outside Europe. This
exhibition explores for the first time a critical period in the history of
Ukrainian art - the 1910s through the 1930s - and presents a body of work
that is startling in its originality and remarkable in its internationalism.
Between 1937-39, some 2,000 works were confiscated by the Soviet government
and placed in the secret underground vaults of the Spetsfond (special
collection) created especially for works of art deemed harmful and
ideologically hostile. Countless other works were destroyed, and artists
were exiled, forced to flee, or executed. Works in the Spetsfond were not
only deemed unfit for exhibition, their very existence was expunged from all
records and even art historians were unable to view them. During the Nazi
occupation of Kyiv in 1941, the contents of the entire Spetsfond were
shipped to Germany. After the Second World War, only 300 works were
returned. About a quarter of the works in the current exhibition are taken
from the surviving Spetsfond works, while others are borrowed from the
permanent collection of Kyivs National Art Museum of Ukraine, the Ukrainian
State Museum of Theatre, Music and Film Arts, and from private collections.
This exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated trilingual catalogue.
The Phenomenon of the Ukrainian Avant-garde, 1910-1935 is presented by AIM
Funds Management Inc., and is organized and circulated by the Winnipeg Art
Gallery with financial assistance from the Department of Canadian Heritage,
Museums Assistance Program. In Hamilton, the exhibition is generously
supported by premiere sponsor Northland Power. Media sponsors are CH, 102.9
K-Lite FM, and Ontario Tourism. Admission to the Gallery - and this
exhibition - is free, courtesy of Orlick Industries Limited.
(1978 - 1947)
Life (triptych panel Family) 1927