Cologne: »Here and Now at Museum Ludwig« exhibition series

A New Art Historical View of Ukrainian Modernism

Conventions are there to be constantly re-examined. With its series Here and Now at Museum Ludwig, the Cologne exhibition house is pursuing this leitmotif and reflecting on the way Ukrainian Modernism has been dealt with up to now, which has so far been readily subsumed under the collective term of the »Russian avant-garde«. In Modernism in Ukraine 1900-1930 & Daria Koltsova, visitors look through new art historical glasses - and can also look forward to contemporary contributions.

June 03, 2023
Bohomazow  Oleksandr Bohomazow, Schärfen der Sägen, 1927 Öl auf Leinwand 138 x 155 cm.
National Art Museum of Ukraine
Bohomazov Oleksandr Bohomazov, Sharpening The Saws, 1927 oil on canvas, 138 x 155 cm

The Museum Ludwig in Cologne captivates its guests with a thematic exhibition series: Under the title Here and Now at Museum Ludwig, it reflects on current museum conventions. It kicks off on June 3 with Modernism in Ukraine 1900-1930 & Daria Koltsova. The special exhibition provides the museum world with a refresher on how to deal with the »Russian avant-garde,« to which some artists have been erroneously assigned in art history. Among them are artists from the collection of the Museum Ludwig. In light of the war in Ukraine, these artists will be given their own place in a specific movement: Ukrainian Modernism.

The exhibition space will be filled with 90 paintings and works on paper from the 1900s to the 1930s, including loans from the National Art Museum of Ukraine and the Museum of Theater, Music and Film Art of Ukraine. The Museum Ludwig complements this repertoire with works from private collections as well as its own. The Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, which first presented the works under the title In the Eye of the Storm: Modernism in Ukraine, 1900-1930s, led the way. The contemporary artist Daria Koltsova will enrich the new art historical perspective with her recent contributions: Her works address Ukraine's cultural heritage in light of the war. The exhibition closes on September 24.Art.Salon

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