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Exhibition September 9 − December 7, 2018

Eccentric and expression. Ukrainian avant-garde set design

The Museum of Theater, Music and Cinema is an exhibition"Eccentric and expression." Ukrainian avant-garde set design » dedicated to the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Ukrainian Theater Museum. The exhibition includes works by five artists of the Ukrainian avant-garde - Alexandra Exter, Anatoly Petritsky, Vadim Meller, Boris Kosarev and Alexander Khvostenko-Khvostov. They realized creative discoveries in applied art, and their work with form, line and color taught the world of fashion a lot.

At the initiative of its director Les Kurbas, the Theater Museum was founded at the Berezil Art Association (MOB). The chief artist of the Mob Vadim Moller was one of the first to donate exhibits to the gift of the museum collection. The beginning of the collection of the national scenographic avant-garde put sketches of Anatol Petritsky's costumes for "Taras Bulba". The advanced world artistic ideas and trends were adapted by Ukrainian theater artists with the needs of stage art. Dynamic spatial solutions, constructivist scenery, geometrical theatrical costumes have updated the national scenography. Ukrainian artists worked in all the styles inherent in the avant-garde of Europe - cubofuturism, supremacism, constructivism, expressionism (with neo-primitivism and dadaism inclusive) and so on.

The 1920s became the period when Ukraine rapidly reached the world level. Openness to new cultural values of the West combined with long-standing national traditions. In the “avant-garde decade” there were a lot of artistic innovations, and some were anticipatory in nature. Exhibits convincingly testify to this.