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A First for New York City –
Major Exhibition of Early 20th Century
Ukrainian Modern Art at the New Ukrainian Museum

New York City, October 11, 2006 — "Crossroads: Modernism in Ukraine, 
1910-1930," the first major exhibition of early 20th century Ukrainian 
art to be shown in New York City, opens November 5 at the new Ukrainian 
Museum, a state-of-the-art, 25,000-square-foot facility located at 222 
East 6th Street. The exhibition will be on view through March 11, 2007.

Featuring the best of high modernism from Ukraine, the exhibition 
includes more than 70 rarely seen works by 21 Ukrainian artists; each of 
the works is being shown for the first time in the United States. 
Examples from the Avant-Garde, Art Nouveau, Impressionism, 
Expressionism, Futurism and Constructivism movements are presented in a 
fresh, new light.

Crossroads: Modernism in Ukraine includes the works of well known 
artists such as David Burliuk, Alexandra Exter, and Kazimir Malevich as 
well as those of many artists still unknown to American audiences. 
Although the former are commonly associated with the Russian 
Avant-Garde, one of the revelations emerging from the exhibition is that 
much of what has been regarded as Russian modernism was, in fact, 
incubated in Ukraine.

The works in the show range from huge oil canvases to graphic arts to 
theater and opera design.  The first impression is of an abundant use of 
color. Another striking aspect of the works is the way they mesh the 
past and the present, bowing to the influences of cultural traditions, 
but expressing them through modernism. The abstract works are rooted in 
the principles of Ukrainian folk art; they also resonate with Byzantine 
aesthetics, with medieval ecclesiastical art, and with the tensions 
inherent in classic 17th century Ukrainian Baroque.

According to one of its organizers, Nikita Lobanov-Rostovsky, the 
exhibition is designed to show American audiences the talent and unique 
nature of Ukrainian Avant-Garde artists. "Viewers will be able to 
observe that not only Moscow and St. Petersburg were breeding grounds of 
new, non-objective art of the 20th century," he explains. "Form and 
color were combined also in Kyiv and Kharkiv, where these ideas 
prospered and succeeded since 1908.  Many 'founding fathers' of this art 
in the Russian Empire of that time were Ukrainians born and bred."

The works on exhibition are from the National Art Museum of Ukraine, the 
Theater Museum, and the Museum of Folk Art of Ukraine in Kyiv, the Art 
Museum of Dnipropetrovsk, and private collections. They were selected by 
Professor Dmytro Horbachov and Nikita Lobanov-Rostovsky, who are 
dedicated to preserving and disseminating knowledge about the Ukrainian 



Lectures at the Ukrainian Museum during the week of the opening of the 
exhibition "Crossroads: Modernism in Ukraine, 1910-1930":

Monday, November 6, 2006, 6:30 p.m.
Formula for the Ukrainian Avant-Garde — Europe + the Village (in Ukrainian)
Lecture by Prof. Dmytro Horbachov of Kyiv, authority on the avant-garde 
period in Ukraine, co-organizer of the exhibition, and contributing 
author to the exhibition catalogue. Prof. Horbachov will also present 
his newly published book “He and I Were Ukrainians:” Malevich and Ukraine.

Sunday, November 12, 2006, 2:00 p.m.
Lectures by two specialists in Ukrainian modernism – in art and in 
literature (presented in English)
Color and Its Dynamic in Ukrainian Modernist Painting
Lecture by Dr. Myroslava Mudrak, Prof. of Art History, Ohio State 
University, contributing author to the exhibition catalogue.

The Verbal and Visual Arts in Ukrainian Futurism
Lecture by Dr. Oleh Ilnytzkyj, Prof. of Ukrainian Language and 
Literature, University of Alberta, Edmonton, best known for his work on 
Ukrainian modernism and the avant-garde.

The Ukrainian Museum is located at: 222 East 6th Street (bet. 2nd and 
3rd Aves.) New York, NY 10003

Diana Howansky
Staff Associate
Ukrainian Studies Program
Columbia University
Room 1208, MC3345
420 W. 118th Street
New York, NY  10027
(212) 854-4697

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