AUGB'S COLLECTION OF KRUK WORKS TO GO ON DISPLAY IN UKRAINE

21.02.10



Gregor Kruk

The fourth Great Sculpture Exhibition organised by the National Centre “Ukrainian House” and “ART-Ukraine” Magazine will open in Kyiv on 1 March.  This annual display of masterpieces and modern Ukrainian sculptures will this year also feature 25 works from the AUGB’s Shevchenko Library and Archive collection of Gregor Kruk sculptures.

We are extremely pleased to be able to contribute to this highly prestigious event.  “Ukrainian House” is without doubt Ukraine’s top art gallery and we are delighted that our initiative is supported by both the British Embassy in Kyiv and the Ukrainian Embassy in London.

The name of Gregor Kruk (1911-1988) is widely recognised in the European art world but remains virtually unknown in his homeland. Born in Bratyshiv, Ivano-Frankivsk region, he graduated from the Lviv School of Decorative Art in 1934, continued his studies at the Krakow Academy of Arts (1937) and then at the Berlin Academy of Arts (1940), where his teachers included A. Focke and A. Breker.

After the end of the Second World War Kruk settled in Munich where he composed sculptures in bronze, clay and stone featuring (mainly) figures of peasants, kozaks, working women, bandura players and dancers.  Though his works were exhibited in cities across Western Europe and the North American continent, Kruk’s main dream was to have his works displayed in Ukraine.

This dream will now be realised thanks to the readiness of “Ukrainian House” to open up Ukraine’s cultural heritage and mix it with the most creative achievements of its contemporary artists.

We wish the National Centre “Ukrainian House” further success for the future and hope that it will continue to strengthen its links with Great Britain!

Fedir Kurlak
AUGB CEO



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