The Albertinum of the Dresden State Art Collections (SKD) will present modern and contemporary art from Ukraine from 6 May 2023. It is the first exhibition of its kind in Germany. Paintings, sculptaures, photographs, installations, video works, graphic art and archives by around 50 artists will be on display. They provide insights into Ukraine’s turbulent past and present as well as its constant struggle for its own self-image. In addition to numerous new artistic productions, some of the historical works are travelling outside the country for the first time.
Image above: Dana Kavelina, It cannot be that nothings can returned, 2022. Video stills © Dana Kavelina
The exhibition is compiled from private collections and museums such as the National Art Museum of Ukraine, the Odessa Art Museum, the National Museum of Decorative Folk Art, the Stedley Art Foundation, Prymachenko Family Foundation, Dovzhenko Centre and MOCA NGO. In addition, loans from the Art Collection Telekom and the Artothek of the German Bundestag complement the exhibition.
The Albertinum is dedicating a comprehensive survey exhibition to modern Ukrainian art. It is the first of its kind in Germany and Europe. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, installations, video works, graphic art and archives represent Ukrainian art from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. In the process, some of the exhibited works travel outside the country for the first time and provide insights into Ukraine’s turbulent history as well as its constant struggle for its own self-image.
The exhibition is conceived similar to a journey and consists of four main themes that overlap: “Practices of Resistance”, “Culture of Memory”, “Spaces of Freedom” and “Thoughts on the Future”. In them, the current situation combines with historical processes and reveals individual experiences and personal stories. Each position represents a specific microcosm interwoven with the history of the country, its art and heritage. As a result, the complexity and diversity of today’s Ukrainian art scene unfolds. The exhibition tells many stories about the country’s fluctuating state. It deals with self-knowledge in Ukrainian history, which unfolds less out of pride than under external duress.
Saturday, 6 May – Wednesday, 10 September 2023
daily 10-18 h, Monday closed
regular € 12, reduced € 9, under 17 free, from 10 pers. € 11