AMBASSADOR'S BLOG - KRUK, CHIPARUS AND THE GREAT SCULPTURE EXHIBITION

Kyiv
08.03.10




Anyone in easy reach of Kyiv who hasn't yet seen the "Great Sculpture Exhibition" at the Український дім (Ukrainan House) - it's worth a look.  

I was fortunate to be able to attend this show last year, when the highlights included a collection of little-known Giacomettis and the fabulous stone sculptures of Dnipropetrovsk (I know I keep going on about the latter, but they're terrific) as well as a huge collection of modern scupture which is for sale.  This year, the modern sculptures are bracketed by a collection of London-based classic post-war works by the exiled Ukrainian artist Kruk, who died in Munich in 1988, never before exhibited in Ukraine; and exquisite art deco statues from the 1920s by the Romanian artist Demetre Chiparus.  I'm ashamed to say that I'd never heard of either artist; both are outstanding.

The opening of the exhibition is a chance for me to talk to Fedir Kurlak, the Chief Executive of the Association of Ukrainans in Great Britain and the curator of the Kruk exhibition, Ludmila Pekarska, both of whom helped make the Kruk show in Kyiv possible. They are delighted at the opportunity to present the works of this important Ukrainian artist for the first time in his native country, where Kruk is little-known.  After this the works will be travelling on to Lviv, in the west of Ukraine, before returning to London.  I, in turn, will be in Manchester in mid-March when I hope to be meeting representatives of the AUGB based in my home town.  Looking forward to it.

Leigh Turner
British Ambassador to Ukraine

NOTE:  You can read all of Ambassador Turner's blogs by visiting: http://blogs.fco.gov/roller/turner

 

     

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