KYIV, Ukraine — Most of the galleries at the moment are empty on the Mystetskyi Arsenal, considered one of Europe’s biggest artwork museums. As at virtually each and every cultural establishment within the Ukrainian capital, its curators and archivists introduced down the presentations when struggle broke out on Feb. 24. Much of the selection of about 4,500 items has been moved to a protected location. Gallery after gallery sits in darkness. And but: this summer season, the Mystetskyi Arsenal is open to the general public, with a forceful and lovely exhibition that’s all of the extra spectacular for its modesty and frank feelings.
“An Exhibition About Our Feelings,” inaugurated on June 10 at this main fresh artwork museum, is the primary vital exhibition right here to take the Russian invasion of Ukraine as its center of attention — despite the fact that now not in the best way it’s possible you’ll be expecting. It gives a view of existence all through the existing struggle via works of Ukrainian artwork from the Sixties to the 2010s; not anything present has been commissioned or added for example what its target market resides via lately.
A portray of sunbathers through the Odesa painter Yurii Kovalenko calls forth, with none prompting, the land mines now underneath that town’s seashores — but it surely dates to 1989. A near-abstraction of shady grey strokes through Halina Neledva seems as a line of squaddies, or a queue of refugees; it was once painted in 1991.