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Review of Museum of Modern Ukrainian Art - MOVED

Museum of Modern Ukrainian Art
Reviewed 17 December 2015

you can see really exhibitions here from time to time, eg. works of Ukrainian painters of the early 20th century, photographs of the contemporary photographers.

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Reviewed 30 May 2012

Very good museum, quite and cool. Different artists, good art and exposition at all.

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Reviewed 28 August 2011

Frankly, I can not presently call this museum a must-see in Kyiv. But there are still quite a few reasons to visit it, if you have extra time on your hands.

The museum started as a private collection of Ukrainian modern art. Therefore its holdings are somewhat uneven, in my opinion: real masterpieces worthy best museums border works of questionable quality, appropriate rather for village community clubs.

And still, this is presently nearly the only museum of this kind in Ukraine. Apart from its private origin, its collection of over 4.5 thousands of exhibits (mostly paining, graphics, and sculpture) is by various artists from all regions of Ukraine, representing different art schools and art directions dating from early XX till today.

I believe the museum will be particularly interesting to those keen on the XX century arts, as it has ample exhibits of the Ukrainian art of Realism and SocioRealism and the works by the underground artists of 1960-1970s.

Over 500 Ukrainian artists, including those forced to emigrate, are represented in the museum: Mykola Glushchenko, Sergiy Grygoriev, Mykhailo Deregus, Georgiy Melikhov, Tetiana and Olena Yablonska, Ivan Kavaleridze, Yevhen Volobuev, Borys Rapoport are just a few to mention. There’s also one painting by Ivan Aivazovski and few water-colour paintings by Maximilian Voloshin exhibited.

The museum is quite spacey and occupies three levels, with both permanent collection and few temporary exhibitions running.

1st floor of the museum presently features Village Glam temporary exhibition of Naïve art. In my eyes, it is rather mockery of art, so can be skipped.

But what shouldn’t be missed on the first floor is quite a substantial and versatile library of art books and albums. There are several tables with chairs in the library corner, so you can sit there thumbing albums as long as you care. Sadly, the light is not too good there.

2nd floor features mixed collection, with Socialist Realism dominating. We had so many of it in the SU, that I only gave a quick look.

If you are interested in contemporary art only, give a miss to 1st and 2nd floors and head straight to the 3rd one. This is where the artistic works of the beginning of XIX are exhibited. When I attended, there was also a temporary X-Terra solo exhibition by Andjej Ruta here; very pleasant one.

Unlike many Kyiv museums I found this one very visitor-friendly! There are English plaques attached to each piece exhibited. The rooms are air-conditioned (+22C was a paradise with +30C outside). There are benches in the middle of many rooms. And there are lockers on the first floor, by the entrance.

Open daily except Monday from 11.00am to 7.00pm. Admission (adults) is UAH 15 (about USD 2).

The most pleasant surprise was that, unlike most Kyiv museums of arts, photography was allowed here. No flash, but I was permitted to use a tripod. Photo permission is UAH 30.

The museum is situated in a certain distance from the city centre. Located on Hlybochytska St., not far from the UK Embassy Consular Section. The closest metro station is Lukianivs’ka (ukr. Лук’янівська); from there, head to the right to Kyivska Rus cinema then walk to your left along tramways down by Hlybochytska.

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