Main photo: Stepan Ryabchenko “Unfolding Landscapes”
A unique collaboration between the European External Action Service, the Museum of Art and History and Horizon 50/200 asbl brings this impressive exhibition to Brussels.
42 Ukrainian artists or artist groups in the fields of painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installation and video present more than 80 works in the captivating exhibition Unfolding Landscapes, which runs from July 19, 2022 to September 19 at the Museum of Art and History 2022. Most artists have witnessed the transition from Soviet citizen to Ukrainian and are now witnessing Russia attempting once again to control their country. This performance, put together before the war of aggression, shows how the artists relate to their culture and ever-changing landscape. The war gives Unfolding Landscapes an additional dimension: much of what is shown is threatened, as are the more than 44 million inhabitants of the country.
May 2022. The exhibition Unfolding Landscapes – Landscape and Poetics in Contemporary Ukrainian Art closes at Silkeborg Bad Art Center in Denmark. The war unleashed by Russia prevents the works from returning to Ukraine and links the fate of Ukrainian artists with the tragedy of an entire people. In the heart of the European capital, the European External Action Service, the Museum of Art and History and Horizon 50/200 asbl have joined forces to present this exhibition at the Brussels Museum of Art and History.
Unfolding Landscapes celebrates Ukrainian visual arts and explores the landscape, topography, psychogeography and culture of this unique country. The works, which span three generations of artists, reveal a unique paradigm of perception: the nature of space and its boundaries, and the symbolic meaning of public and private spaces. Through their work we learn how the Ukrainian landscape is used and perceived; Gain insight into Ukrainian culture and infrastructure; and visit abstractions and observations of a changing landscape of ancient and modern Ukraine. Curated before the tragic war broke out in February 2022, the exhibition documents a highly dynamic and thriving Ukrainian art scene and now offers reflection on a country and people once again transformed by the tragedy of war.
Co-curator and art historian Natalia Matsenko (Kyiv, Ukraine) explains why it is so important that this show is on view at the Museum of Art and History today: “With this exhibition, we want to show the diversity of the Ukrainian landscape, both literal and also the socio-cultural sense and scope of his vision of Ukrainian artists of different generations. Now, in the conditions of a brutal all-out war, for every Ukrainian, the landscape is not just an environment or a view out of the window, but a piece of the heart. And we fight desperately for each of these pieces. In line with Ukraine’s long-awaited EU candidacy, the presentation in Brussels seems particularly important. This is a sign of support from the international community and an opportunity to refix our country’s European vector, for which the first blood was shed 8 years ago and from which we will not turn back. We are now fighting for our culture. The language of culture is a universal language”.
When Paul Dujardin, director of the newly founded non-profit organization Horizon 50/200, and Bruno Verbergt, director of the Museum of Art and History, were contacted with the question of inviting the exhibition to Belgium, they did not hesitate: “People connect, art and history in spaces of democratization, inclusion and polyphony: That is the mission of the Museum of Art and History and of Horizon 50/200. The non-profit organization wants to develop the Cinquantenaire Park and its institutions into a lively Agora with places of encounter and exchange, a place where art and history enter into dialogue with science and technology, society and its diverse challenges. The initiative is supported by the European External Action Service (EEAS), which wants to express its solidarity with Ukraine through international cultural relations.
Represented artists: Anna Bekerskaya (born 1987), Nazar Bilyk (born 1979), Katya Buchatska (born 1987), Hryhoriy Havrylenko (1927-84), Ksenia Hnylytska (born 1984), Oleksandr Hnylytskyi (1961-2009), Oleg Holosiy (1965-1993), Lucy Ivanova (born 1989), Zhanna Kadyrova (born 1981), Pavlo Kerestey (born 1962), Vitaliy Kokhan (born 1987), Alexey Kondakov (born 1984), Dana Kosmina (born .1990), Taras Kovach (*1982), Mykola Kryvenko (*1950), Anatoliy Kryvolap (*1947), Katya Libkind (*1991), Pavlo Makov (*1958), Sasha Maslov (*1984). ), Mykola Matsenko (*1960), Yevgen Nikiforov (*1986), Yuriy Pikul (*1983), Julie Poly (*1986), Georgiy Potopalskiy (*1982), Vlada Ralko (*1969), Stepan Ryabchenko (born 1987 ), Vasiliy Ryabchenko (born 1954), Ruїns Collective (active group 2017-21), Andriy Sahaidakovskyi (born 1957), Oleksiy Sai (born 1975), Yuri Solomko (born 1962), Marina Skugareva (*1962) , Tiberiy Silvashi (*1947), Sergei Sviatchenko (*1952), Elena Subach (*1986) & Vyacheslav Poliakov (*1986), Oleg Tistol (*1960), Yuri Yefanov (born 1990), Lesia Zayats (born 1965 ), Viktor Zaretskyi (1925-90), Anna Zvyagintseva (born 1986) and Alexander Zhyvotkov (born 1964).
Unfolding Landscapes Team:
Exhibition curators: Faye Dowling (Great Britain), Natalia Matsenko (Ukraine)
Creative Director: Sergei Sviatchenko (Denmark/Ukraine)
Client: Iben From (KunstCentret/Art Center Silkeborg Bad, Denmark)