Kaleidoscope of History(s).
Ukrainian Art 1912 – 2023

The transdisciplinary programme accompanying the exhibition “Kaleidoscope of History(s). Ukrainian Art 1912 – 2023” at the Albertinum in Dresden with concerts, film screenings and public lectures.


27 May – 10 September 2023




Cross Sector, Visual Arts

About the exhibition

The exhibition “Kaleidoscope of History(s). Ukrainian Art 1912 – 2023” is the first show of its kind in Europe to offer a comprehensive overview of the development and themes of Ukrainian art over the past decade. Some of the artworks on display will leave Ukraine for the first time and be shown abroad. It opened on 5 May 2023 and will be on view until 10 September 2023.

The exhibition was curated by two Ukrainian curators, Mariia Isserlis and Tetiana Kochubinska.

The exhibition presents works by Katya Buchatska, Alla Gorska, Pavel Makov, Viktor Palmov, Mykola Rydny, Maria Prymachenko, Mykola Karabinovych, Yevgenia Bilorusets, Serhiy Bratkov, David Chychkan, Maria Kulikovska, Sasha Kurmaz, Larion Lozovoy and others.

Public programme

Like the exhibition, the accompanying programme of the Ukrainian Institute is divided into four temporal and thematic blocks. Individual epochs of Ukrainian art stand for certain mottos and social developments of the time: the 1920s and 1930s deal with the culture of remembrance, the 1960s stand for resistance, the 1990s symbolise freedom, while contemporary art looks to the future.

Kaleidoscope of History(s). Ukrainian Art 1912 - 202327 May | 18:00 | Lichthof

Piano concert of Ukrainian academic music of the 1920s with renowned Ukrainian piano player Antonii Baryshevskyi and historical commentary by Lyubov Morozova (Ukrainian Institute).

The concert presented the works of Boris Lyatoshynskyi, Viktor Kosenko, Levko Revutskyi, Sergiy Bortkiewich, Vsevolod Zaderatsky and Mykola Roslavets.

Kaleidoscope of History(s). Ukrainian Art 1912 - 202328 May | 16:00 | Hans-Nadler-Saal

“Hollywood on the Dnipro shore and the German traces: a short history of Ukrainian cinema of the 1920s”. Film screening of “The Eleventh Year” by Dziga Vertov with the lecture by film scholar Oleksandr Telyuk (Dovzhenko Centre, Ukraine).

The lecture tells about the success story of the VUFKU (All-Ukrainian Photo and Cinema Administration, 1922-1930) and the influence of international filmmakers who were invited to Ukraine from Germany and other countries.

Kaleidoscope of History(s). Ukrainian Art 1912 - 202310 June | 18:00 | Lichthof

Concert of Ukrainian classical music of the 60s with a historical introduction by Julia Vash.

In the 1960s, musicians and composers in Kyiv formed a group that later became known as the “Kyiv avant-garde”. With their art, they protested against the totalitarian Soviet regime. Their most important values were the freedom of art and compositional progress.

The concert programme presented the works of Leonid Hrabovskyi, Jurii Ischenko, Ievhen Stankovych and Vitalii Hodziatskyi.

Kaleidoscope of History(s). Ukrainian Art 1912 - 2023

8 July | 18:00 | Lichthof

Live concerts by Ukrainian electroacoustic musicians. Alla Zagaykevych, Yuriy Samson and Zavoloka gave live performances in the Albertinum atrium.

In Alla Zagaykevych‘s lecture, the audience learns how the individual phenomena of Ukrainian art from the 1920s to the present have helped shape the development of electroacoustic music in Ukraine.

Kaleidoscope of History(s). Ukrainian Art 1912 - 20238 July | 18:00 | Hermann-Glöckner-Raum

Presentation about Ukrainian video art of the 90s. Lesia Zayats talks about the special features of Ukrainian media art.

Lesia Zayats is one of the pioneers of video art in Ukraine. Together with her husband, Ukrainian artist Oleksandr Hnylytskyi, they founded the artist collective called “Institute of Unstable Thoughts” in the 1990s.

Kaleidoscope of History(s). Ukrainian Art 1912 - 202310 September | 18:00 | Lichthof

An immersive dance performance EXTER.Live, inspired by the ideas of Ukrainian avant-garde artists. It reflects Oleksandra Exter’s admiration for theatre, fashion and movement. “EXTER.Live” combines contemporary dance, fashion design, live music and video.

EXTER.live is the result of a collaboration between choreographer Stefanie Noll and fashion designer Fedir Vozianov.