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‘More to offer’ than war: Ukrainian works on display at the Madrid Museum

Dozens of contemporary artworks removed from Kyiv to protect them from a Russian attack that has already done great damage to Ukraine’s cultural heritage will be exhibited in a museum in Madrid on Tuesday.
The works on display as part of the Eye of the Storm: Ukrainian Modernism 1900-1930 exhibition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum include oil paintings, drawings and collages.
Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza founded the Museum of Ukrainian Art, which aims to showcase Ukrainian art using the museum that houses her late father’s collection.
The Madrid exhibition is one of several exhibitions of Ukrainian cultural heritage across Europe and is an effort to raise awareness of the threat posed to the artistic heritage of the war-torn country as fighting continues. There is also.
According to the curator, it is one of the most comprehensive surveys of contemporary Ukrainian art from 1900 to 1930.
Many of the works were rarely seen outside of Ukraine. The exhibition will be on display at the museum until April 30th, and in Cologne, Germany from September 2023.
“Vision” of Russia’s destruction
“This is a vision of what Russia seeks to destroy,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video shown in previews on Monday.
After weeks of intensive preparation, the parts were loaded onto two trucks in mid-November, just before the Ukrainian capital came under heavy missile attack.
Thyssen-Bornemisza said that en route to the Polish border, the convoy avoided passing through infrastructure that could be attacked.
When the convoy arrived at the border, it was found that the border was closed because a missile had just landed in a Polish village, killing two people.
Thyssen-Bornemisza then sought help from Ukraine’s ambassador to Spain, who said he had contacted “every politician he knew between Poland and Ukraine”.
“It took them 12 hours that night – they managed to get through,” she said.
UNESCO, the United Nations cultural agency, said more than 200 cultural sites in Ukraine, including museums, were damaged since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
“Cultural heritage is often a collateral damage during war, but it can also be a particular target,” Christa Piccat, UNESCO’s director general for cultural and emergency situations, said in October.
“Talk about war”
The exhibition is in chronological order.
It began in the 1910s, when Ukraine was part of the Russian Empire, and ended in the 1930s, when several artists died in the purges of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, says Katya Denisova, one of the show’s curators. rice field.
Most of the works are from the National Museum of Ukraine.
Among the works on display are the Cubist-inspired painting “Composition” by Vadim Meller and the photorealistic portrait of a soldier by Kostiantin Yereva.
“It’s important to keep talking about war,” Denisova said.
“But we also want to show with this project that Ukraine has much more to offer.”

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