“Echo of Ukrainian Modernism”:

Talks, Tours, Films, Music, Performances & Workshops

The programme accompanies the current exhibition “HERE and NOW. Ukrainian Modernism 1900-1930 & Daria Koltsova” at Museum Ludwig. It provides a historical and professional insight into the development of modernism in Ukraine and into the current situation for Ukrainian artists and cultural institutions in times of war.


8-9 September 2023




Cross Sector, Visual Arts

About the project

The invited Ukrainian experts will shed light on modernism in Ukraine using examples from music, film and literature and discuss the current challenges in their work as artists and cultural managers. The programme “Echo of Ukrainian Modernism” offers the opportunity to learn more about a decolonial approach to the heritage of Ukrainian modernist artists and to discover other phenomena of Ukrainian modernism.

Like the exhibition, the accompanying programme is dedicated to the legacy of artists such as Kazymyr Malevych, Oleksandra Exter and Oleksandr Bohomazov, who for years were perceived as representatives of the “Russian avant-garde”. Yet they lived and worked in Ukraine and influenced the development of modernism in Europe with their work.

The programme was curated by the Ukrainian Institute, the Museum Ludwig and the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb.

Friday, 8 September

18:00-18:30 / Filmforum

Presentation of the programme:

Kateryna Rietz-Rakul, Head of the Ukrainian Institute in Germany
Rita Kersting, Dep. Director of the Museum Ludwig
Kateryna Stetsevych, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung
„Modern History of Ukraine“
The opening lecture by Vakhtang Kebuladze (Ukrainian with German translation)
„Ukrainian Film of the 1920s und 1930s”
Lecture by Alyona Penzii; followed by screening of the film Earth (1930) directed by Oleksandr Dovzhenko with live soundtrack performed by Mariana Sadovska; introduction by Alyona Penzii (Ukrainian with German translation)
Saturday, 9 September
Guided tour through the exhibition „HERE and NOW at Museum Ludwig. Modernism in Ukraine 1900-1930 & Daria Koltsova“ (Ukrainian)
Workshop for children by Sofia Ryabchuk (Ukrainian)
14:00-15:00 / Filmforum
„Modernism in Ukraine“
Lecture by the curator Yuliia Berdiiarova (Ukrainian with German translation)
„Ukrainian cultural institutions in the time of war”
Podium discussion with Maria Hlazunova (Dovzhenko Center), Diana Berg (TU Plattform), Olga Mykha (Territory of Terror Museum) und Sergiy Lebedynskyy (Museum of the Kharkiv School of Photography). Moderatorin: Yuliia Berdiiarova (Ukrainian with German translation)
„Museums and cultural heritage“
Speed Dating with Maria Hlazunova (Dovzhenko Center), Diana Berg (Plattform “TU”), Olga Mykha (Territory of Terror Museum) und Serhiy Lebedynskyy (Museum of the Kharkiv School of Photography)
(Ukrainian with German translation)
16:30-17:00 Coffee break
„Art in War. How Ukrainian artists are working under extreme conditions in Ukraine and reflecting on war crimes”
Podium discussion with Kateryna Buchatska, Vitaliy Matukhno, Lia Dostlieva, Sergiy Lebedynskyy. Moderation: Kateryna Rietz-Rakul
(Ukrainian with German translation)
Author and Bachmann Prize winner Tanya Maljarchuk presents modernity in Ukrainian literature with selected texts. Musical accompaniment: Ganna Gryniva. Texts read by actress Verena Noll (German)
19:30-20:00 Get together
Concert „Fokstroty 2.0“.
Mit Yuriy Gurzhy, Irena Karpa und Lyuba Yakimchuk. Kuratiert von Oksana Shchur
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