Echoes of absence:

Tragedy, resilience and rediscovery in Ukrainian art

On January 25, Tetyana Filevska, creative director of the Ukrainian Institute, and Meike Hoffman, head of the “Degenerate Art” research center at Freie Universität Berlin, will talk about art in the context of the dictatorship. The discussion accompanies the current exhibition “Seeing without light” by Nadia Kaabi-Linke at Hamburger Bahnhof.

Motif Nadia Kaabi-Linke / Photo Jacopo La Forgia.


January 25, 2024


Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin


Visual arts

Based on Nadia Kaabi-Linke’s art installation “Blindstrom for Kazimir”, which can currently be seen in the exhibition “Seeing without Light” at Hamburger Bahnhof, the conversation will examine recurring patterns of censorship in art.

At the center of their conversation is the so-called “Spezfond” of the National Art Museum of Ukraine. The works in this fund were censored in the 1920s and 1930s and confiscated by the Soviet government in Moscow. The authors of the censored works were condemned as “formalists”, “nationalists” or “enemies of the people”. Despite the persecution, imprisonment and even execution of some artists, the planned destruction of the paintings failed due to the invasion of the German Wehrmacht.

The talk will be held in English. Admission is free.

The panel discussion is organized by the Goethe-Institut Ukraine, the Ukrainian Institute in Germany and Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart.