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HERE AND NOW at Museum Ludwig - Modernism in Ukraine 1900-1930s & Daria Koltsova
June 3 - September 4, 2023
The exhibition HERE AND NOW at Museum Ludwig. Modernism in Ukraine 1900-1930s & Daria Koltsova deals with the cultural heritage of Ukraine and develops a new perspective on the term “Russian avant-garde”. The exhibition brings together some eighty paintings and works on paper created between the 1900s and the 1930s and recreates the polyphony of artistic styles and cultural identities that existed in Ukraine in the early twentieth century. By focusing on the cities of Kyiv and Kharkiv, it tells the story of Ukrainian modernist artists and their attempts to establish a national school of art in a bid for Ukrainian statehood and cultural autonomy. The art-historical view is expanded by a contemporary work by the Ukrainian artist Daria Koltsova. Koltsova’s monumental glass installation refers to her hometown Kharkiv and illustrates the search for identity and the rediscovery of Ukrainian cultural heritage.