EU adopts Ukrainian art exhibition left stranded in Denmark | Ukraine

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EU adopts Ukrainian art exhibition left stranded in Denmark | Ukraine

The Ukrainian exhibition, left behind in a Danish gallery that could not return to Kieu when Russia invaded, was reopened in Brussels after being adopted by the EU.

The Unfolding Landscapes show, which included paintings, sculptures, installations, drawings, photographs and videos, could not return to Ukraine and was at risk of being trapped at the end of the Danish run.

The solution was found during a four-week enthusiastic negotiation between a curator, EU foreign policy officials, the European External Action Service, and the Art & History Museum in Brussels.

Produced and curated by 42 Ukrainian artists before Vladimirputin’s invasion in February, the show contains premonitions. Currently, there are tentative plans to stay in the best museums in the Belgian capital until September 18th, after which they will move to Switzerland.

EU authorities are considering circulating the exhibition in some of the 27 member states until the work can be safely returned. Authorities and curators say it will be a very symbolic moment.

At the opening of the exhibition on Tuesday, Ukraine’s ambassador to the EU, Vsevolod Chentsov, said in favor of Brock’s swift economic sanctions, “The spirit of this new swift and effective decision. Brought to the world of art. ” Sanctions against Russia.

“I hope this project has a big future for Europe,” he said. “It starts in Belgium, Brussels, in the heart of the EU, and I know there are thoughts on how it can last, and I’m sure it can. “

Mysterious World, 1985 (C type print of paper collage), by Sergei Sviatchenko.

According to curator Natalia Matzenko, who traveled from Kieu for the opening of Belgium, many of the artists whose work is on display were involved in Ukrainian war effort in cities such as Kharkiv, near the forefront of the northeastern part of the country. doing.

“I don’t know if any of the artists are fighting, but I know there are artists who intend to do so,” she said. “This is a war and the whole country is involved. It’s not the army over there, but now the whole country is volunteering.”

Ukrainian and Danish artist Sergei Sviatchenko, a well-known part of the Ukrainian new wave art movement that emerged during the collapse of the Soviet Union, was a key figure in the organization of the first exhibition at the Sirkeborgbad Art Center in Denmark. .. It lasted until May.

Sviatchenko, 70, thought that when the original plans for his return to Kieu turned out to be unrealistic, he could travel to Europe as a continuation of his “cultural diplomacy” work. Said he had. “Maybe it can also go to London. I think it’s something special,” Sviatchenko said.

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Most of the artists on display are younger generations born as Soviet citizens, but were teenagers when Ukraine declared its independence in 1991.

In the pamphlet of the exhibition, they are said to have directly experienced the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution, which condemned the totalitarian communist and Nazi regimes and started the non-communism of modern Ukraine. The 2014 revolution led to the expulsion of then-pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych.

One video of the show by artist Yuri Yefanov, born in Zaporizhia near the forefront of today, was shot in 2013 on the beach on the south coast of the Crimean Peninsula where the artist grew up. Its focus is on concrete cubes that were once part of the coastal defense. Today, this area is not accessible as it is home to the Russian Army Military School. Russia invaded and occupied Crimea in 2014.

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