The Mission of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea together with 14 cultural institutions initiates a series of exhibition projects “Crimea. A Different View” dedicated to the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Crimean Tatar Genocide on May 18.
14 exhibitions of the project “Crimea. Another Look” will be available in Kyiv, Dnipro, Chernihiv, Lviv, and Kmytiv. Within the framework of the project, Ukrainian museums and other art locations will present exhibitions and individual artworks related to the temporarily occupied Crimea for several weeks.
The depiction of the Crimean peninsula, its inhabitants and nature in the art of different periods reflects a certain historical-political, social, cultural-reality. It is known that Soviet propaganda also worked through art. After the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people, the fine arts of that period can be characterized as “Crimea without Crimean Tatars”: landscapes, cityscapes, and houses of the Crimean Tatars are depicted without their owners, because they were deported-this fact is silenced and hidden by the art of the time behind glossy landscapes.
A separate and organic component of the exhibitions was the theme of the connection between the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar peoples, revealed in documentary exhibitions and works by contemporary artists.
Visitors to the exhibitions “Crimea. A Different View” will see graphic works of the 19th century depicting the architecture, life, and costumes of the Crimean Tatars, paintings of the first decades after the deportation, sculpture, painting, and posters by contemporary artists.
Many works can be a discovery for Ukrainian society, for example, sketches of Crimean Tatar patterns made by Lesya Ukrainka under the influence of her stay in Crimea and her acquaintance with the culture of the indigenous people.
Exhibitions are open according to the schedule of museums and galleries. Where to visit:
- Museum of prominent figures of Ukrainian culture Lesya Ukrainka, Mykola Lysenko, Panas Saksaganskii, Mykhailo Staritskyi (May 17-31) – an exhibition of Lesya Ukrainka’s sketches of Crimean Tatar ornaments.
- I. P. Kavaleridze Museum and Workshop (May 15-June 10) – an exhibition of lithographs and engravings by nineteenth-century German authors and sculptures by contemporary artists from the private collection of Lera Litvinova.
- Museum of Kyiv City History (May 15-21) – an exhibition of the painting “Balaklava August Mood” dedicated to the memories of Crimea by artist Leonora Yanko after her family returned from deportation.
- National Museum of Taras Shevchenko (May 15-21) – an excursion that will tell the story of the chair that belonged to the famous orientalist and writer Agatangel Krymsky.
- M. Rylsky Kyiv Literary and Memorial Museum (May 15-21) – an exhibition of the Crimean landscape and excursions dedicated to the Crimea in the works of Maxim Rylsky.
- National Museum “Kyiv Art Gallery” (May 15-21) – an exhibition of Rustem Skibin’s poster dedicated to Crimea.
- Auction house “Goldens” (May 8-27) – exhibition “Ukrainian Collection Art”, among the works will be works dedicated to the original Crimean nature, performed by artists Valentin Feldman, Pavel Gorobets, Isaac Tartakovsky and Peter Stolyarenko.
- Gallery NY ART (May 15-21) – an exhibition of the painting “View of the Crimea” by Pavlo Myasnikov.
- National Museum of Andriy Sheptytsky (May 18) – an exhibition of Crimean works by Ivan Trush, with a guided tour.
- Madame Palmgren Art Gallery (May 15-21) – a group exhibition of works by young and well-known Ukrainian artists whose works were created in Crimea or dedicated to the Ukrainian peninsula.
- Chernihiv Regional Art Museum named after Hryhoriy Halahan (May 15-21) – an exhibition of Crimean landscape from the museum’s funds and the private collection of artist Yuriy Rasin will be exhibited in digital format, with works by Oleksandr Belozor, Volodymyr Natalushko, and Kostyantyn Shapovalov from a private collection.
KMYTIV (Zhytomyr region)
- Kmytiv Museum of Fine Arts named after Y.D. Bukhanchuk (May 15-21) – an exhibition from the museum’s funds, among the works will be paintings and watercolors of the Soviet period by artists Petro Stoliarenko, Mykhailo Kokin, and Volodymyr Kirkevych.
- Dnipro Art Museum (May 15-21) – an exhibition of paintings by Serhiy Burbelo.
- Vadym Sidur School of Contemporary Fine Arts and Design (May 15-21) – an exhibition of a series of paintings by Serhiy Burbela dedicated to Crimea and the deportation of Crimean Tatars.
- Consulate General of Ukraine in Hamburg (May 15-21) – an exhibition of a series of paintings by Serhiy Burbela dedicated to Crimea and the deportation of Crimean Tatars.
- Pictured is a fragment of the engraving “Bakhchisaray” by James Gray (1850) from the private collection of Lera Litvinova