Vasiliy Ryabchenko-Unfolding Landscapes-Art & History Museum Brussels
Princess, 194 х 296 cm, oil on canvas (2010-2021) Photo by Sergei Sviatchenko

A unique collaboration between the European External Action Service, the Museum of Art and History and Horizon 50/200 asbl brings this impressive exhibition to Brussels.

42 Ukrainian artists or artist groups working in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installation and video present more than 80 works in the captivating exhibition Unfolding Landscapes, which will be on display at the Museum of Art and History from 19 July 2022 to 19 September 2022. Most artists have experienced the transition from Soviet citizen to Ukrainian, and today experience how Russia is once again trying to control their country. This performance, put together before war of aggression, shows how the artists relate to their culture and ever-changing landscape. The war gives Unfolding Landscapes an extra dimension: much of what is shown is under threat, as are the country’s more than 44 million inhabitants.

May 2022. The exhibition Unfolding Landscapes – Landscape and Poetics in Contemporary Ukrainian Art closes at the Silkeborg Bad Art Centre in Denmark. The war unleashed by Russia prevents the works from returning to Ukraine, linking the fate of Ukrainian artists to the tragedy of an entire people. In the heart of the European capital, the European External Action Service, the Museum of Art and History and Horizon 50/200 asbl have joined forces to show this exhibition at the Brussels Museum of Art and History.

Unfolding Landscapes celebrates Ukrainian visual art, exploring landscape, topography, psycho-geography and culture of this unique country. Encompassing three generations of artists, the works reveal a unique paradigm of perception: of the nature of space and its boundaries and of the symbolic meanings of public and private spaces. Through their work we learn how the Ukrainian landscape is deployed and perceived; gain insight into Ukrainians culture and infrastructure; and visit abstractions and observations of a changing landscapes of both ancient and modern Ukraine. Curated before the tragic war broke out in February 2022, the exhibition documents a highly dynamic and flourishing Ukrainian art scene, and now offers reflection on a country and people now changed once again through the tragedy of war.

Represented artists:

Anna Bekerskaya (b.1987), Nazar Bilyk (b. 1979), Katya Buchatska (b.1987), Hryhoriy Havrylenko (1927-84), Ksenia Hnylytska (b.1984), Oleksandr Hnylytskyi (1961-2009), Oleg Holosiy (1965-1993), Lucy Ivanova (b. 1989), Zhanna Kadyrova (b.1981), Pavlo Kerestey (b.1962), Vitaliy Kokhan (b.1987), Alexey Kondakov (b.1984), Dana Kosmina (b.1990), Taras Kovach (b.1982), Mykola Kryvenko (b.1950), Anatoliy Kryvolap (b.1947), Katya Libkind (b.1991), Pavlo Makov (b.1958), Sasha Maslov (b.1984), Mykola Matsenko (b.1960), Yevgen Nikiforov (b.1986), Yuriy Pikul (b.1983), Julie Poly (b.1986), Georgiy Potopalskiy (b.1982), Vlada Ralko (b. 1969), Stepan Ryabchenko (b.1987), Vasyl Ryabchenko (b.1954), Ruїns Collective (active group 2017-21), Andriy Sahaidakovskyi (b.1957), Oleksiy Sai (b.1975), Yuri Solomko (b.1962), Marina Skugareva (b.1962), Tiberiy Silvashi (b.1947), Sergei Sviatchenko (b.1952), Elena Subach (b.1986) & Vyacheslav Poliakov (b.1986), Oleg Tistol (b.1960), Yuri Yefanov (b.1990), Lesja Zajac (b.1965), Viktor Zaretskyi (1925-90), Anna Zvyagintseva (b.1986) and Alexander Zhyvotkov (b.1964).

Curators: Faye Dowling (UK) & Natalia Matsenko (UA)
Creative Director: Sergei Sviatchenko (DK/UA)
Commissioner: Iben From (KunstCentret Silkeborg Bad) (DK)

With the support of: European External Action Service, Mission of Ukraine to the EU, Museum of Art and History, Horizon 50/200 asbl, Abramovych Art and Tymofeev Foundation, The Danish Arts Foundation, Europæisk Kulturregion.

July 19 – September 19, 2022, at the Art & History Museum Brussels, Gjessøvej 40, 8600 Belgium, Denmark