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Between the past and the present

Museum of Contemporary Art of Ukraine launched an exhibit “Kyiv: a Hometown that Sounded in Dream”
22 May, 2018 - 10:56
Illustration courtesy of exhibit organizers

The exhibit’s name derives from a paraphrased verse of Oleksandr Vertynsky, a legendary Kyivite, actor, singer, and 20th-century matinee idol.  The themes of the exhibit are about the home city, feelings, historical traditions, the past, and the present.

 Each of us has our own reminiscences of the hometown, where we spent the most important years of our life. These reminiscences warm our hearts and fill us with a wave that carries us to where it is always warm and cozy – into the depths of our memory.

 This project combines works from a private collection with those of Kyivite Larysa Pukhanova and Vadym Zhukovsky.

 Larysa Pukhanova’s works are called mystical and mysterious. The architectural and other particularities of the city and certain incompleteness allow the spectator to think over the pictures and be absorbed in the secrets of creation. Larysa graduated from the Kyiv State Art Institute and is a member of the National League of Ukrainian Artists. She has staged several dozens of exhibits. Twelve works of the artist are in the National Art Museum of Ukraine. Collections of her works are kept in the repositories of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, the League of Ukrainian Artists and Gradobank, as well as in private collections in Germany, Israel, Canada, the US, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Ukraine.

 Vadym Zhukovsky is a graduate of the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture. He has held 10 solo and 30 joint exhibits. The master’s sculpture is graciously plastic, and it expresses sentiments, emotions, and movement.

A philosophical appraisal of reality, a diversity of the ways and forms of existence, the world of consciousness and nature, the internal and the external – all this shapes the symbolic images of the master who works meticulously with bronze, marble, wood, and stone. His hands make objects full of artistic and emotional expressiveness.

 Works from the museum collections of Liubov Rapoport, Olena Agamian, Zoia Orlova, Yevhen Volobuiev, Andrii Bludov, Mykola Hlushchenko, Abram Manevych, Hanna Kryvolap, Eduard Belsky, and Valentyn Reunov also show love for Kyiv.

The exhibit’s opening also saw the launching of the album Kyiv in Art compiled by Serhii Udovyk.

The exhibit will remain open until June 17.

By Tetiana ONYSHCHENKO
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