“Echo of Ukrainian Modernism” – two-day interdisciplinary supporting program of the Ukrainian Institute took place at Museum Ludwig

On September 8 and 9, 2023, the Ukrainian Institute organized a supporting program in the framework of the exhibition “HERE and NOW. Ukrainian Modernism 1900-1930 & Daria Koltsova” at Museum Ludiwg in Cologne: with contributions by Dovzhenko Center, Tanya Maljarchuk, Vakhtang Kebuladze and others.

Photos: Marc Thürbach

The invited Ukrainian experts discussed modernism in Ukraine using examples from music, film and literature and discussed the current challenges in their work as artists and cultural managers. Among others, Ingeborg Bachmann Prize winner and author Tanya Maljarchuk presented selected modernist texts and the National Film Archive Oleksandr Dovzhenko Center showed “The Earth” by Oleksandr Dovzhenko with live soundtrack by Ukrainian composer and musician Mariana Sadovska.

The program on September 8 and 9 accompanied the current exhibition “HERE and NOW. Ukrainian Modernism 1900-1930 & Daria Koltsova” at Museum Ludwig, on view until September 24, 2023.

Like the exhibition, the supporting program was devoted 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 their work influenced the development of modernism in Europe. The program “Echo of Ukrainian Modernism” gave the opportunity to learn more about a decolonial approach to the heritage of Ukrainian modernist artists and to discover other phenomena of Ukrainian modernism in music, film and literature.

Partner organizations

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