A wonderful activity to share the culture of your adopted
Ukrainian child if you are in the NYC area.
Collection of Ukrainian Socialist Realist Paintings to Go on View
for First Timeat Ukrainian Institute of America September
14-October 7, 2012
An exhibition of more than 40 Soviet-era Ukrainian paintings from
the Collection of Jurii Maniichuk and Rose Brady will be
presented for the first time at the Ukrainian Institute of
America, 2 E. 79thSt., in New York City. These realist and
socialist realist paintings, spanning the 1950s-1980s, have never
been seen by the public since they were exhibited in Ukraine
during Soviet times. An opening reception will be held on
September 14, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Ukrainian Socialist Realismexplores the evolution of the official
art genre in the post-Stalin-period. The works range widely from
portraits and landscapes to factory and farm images to scenes
from daily life. A few illustrate historic events, such as
Mykhailo Khmelko's monumental 1961 work "Motherland Greets A
Hero" (15 feet x 7 feet), which depicts Nikita Khrushchev and a
crowd of well-wishers greeting cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin after his
first flight into space. The collection features leading painters
from Kyiv, Kharkiv, Zaporizhia, Donetsk, Kherson, and Mykholaiv,
including Serhiy Hryhoriev, Viktor Shatalin, Asgat Safargalin,
Yevdokia Boldyrieva, Yuri Zorko, Natalia Korobova, Vladimir
Kuznetsov, Mykhailo Weinstein, and many others.
Jurii Maniichuk assembled his collection, which includes over 140
paintings, while working in Kyiv in the mid-1990s. Born in 1955
in Lviv, Ukraine, Maniichuk graduated with a Ph.D. from Kyiv
State University and was a professor of law before emigrating in
the late 1980s. He became an American citizen in the early 1990s,
returning to Kyiv as a legal consultant to the government after
Ukraine attained its independence. Maniichuk collected official
Soviet art at a time of great economic uncertainty, when the
socialist realist style was discredited and artists were so short
of resources they painted new works over old canvases.
TheUkrainian Socialist Realismexhibition is in memory of
Maniichuk, who died unexpectedly while visiting Kyiv in 2009.
Since his death, the collection is owned and administered by his
wife, Rose Brady. Some 50 paintings from the Maniichuk-Brady
collection will be on view, on a rotating basis, on the fourth
floor of the Ukrainian Institute of America until 2018.
For more information, contact the Ukrainian Institute of America
at212-288-8660or firstname.lastname@example.org Rose
Brady at347-803-0026 or email@example.com.
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