From 17 March 2023, the Bode Museum will be showing the exhibition “Timeless. Contemporary Ukrainian Art in Times of War”. The sculpture collection and the Museum of Byzantine Art at the Bode-Museum house objects from the 3rd to the 18th century. Despite the historical distance and the often Christian motifs, these representatives of European cultural history are often still of astonishing topicality and social relevance today. Quite a few of the depictions and themes used here serve as a basis and source of inspiration for current art in Ukraine. The collections of the Bode-Museum can thus provide unexpected assistance for a better understanding of contemporary Ukrainian art. For this reason, one year after the start of the Russian war of aggression, the Bode-Museum has invited ten Ukrainian artists* to enter into a dialogue with selected works from its own collections.
In the context of the project, religious art serves as an effective means of illustrating core issues of European societies in the 21st century. While the collections of the Bode Museum illuminate social conflict situations and related artistic reflections from pre-1800 Europe, contemporary Ukrainian art interprets very similar themes in a creative way and at the same time in historical continuity. Against the backdrop of the successive incursions of Russian forces into Ukrainian territory since 2014, the works now presented, created between 2014 and 2022, emotionally reflect the dramatically …
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Image above: Maryna Solomennykova, Ukrainian Madonna, 2022, © Maryna Solomennykova