Kaleidoscope of (Hi)stories.
Ukrainian Art 1912–2023

The first of its kind exhibition of modern and contemporary Ukrainian art in Germany and Europe.

About the project

The exhibition “Kaleidoscope of (Hi)stories. Ukrainian Art 1912–2023” opened in the Albertinum in Dresden. An accompanying interdisciplinary program curated by Ukrainian Institute reinforces the exhibition and provides the German audience with the opportunity to learn more about Ukrainian art. Lasts until September 10, 2023.

It tells about the diversity of Ukrainian art space, individual experience of Ukrainian artists within Ukraine’s eventful history  as well as the importance of self-exploration through understanding one’s culture and history. The exposition consists of paintings, sculptures, photographs, installations, video works, graphic art and archives of about 50 artists. Along with new works by contemporary artists, historical works that travel abroad for the first time are also exhibited!

Kaleidoscope of (Hi)stories. Ukrainian Art 1912–2023
Kaleidoscope of (Hi)stories. Ukrainian Art 1912–2023
Kaleidoscope of (Hi)stories. Ukrainian Art 1912–2023
Kaleidoscope of (Hi)stories. Ukrainian Art 1912–2023
Kaleidoscope of (Hi)stories. Ukrainian Art 1912–2023
Kaleidoscope of (Hi)stories. Ukrainian Art 1912–2023
Kaleidoscope of (Hi)stories. Ukrainian Art 1912–2023
Kaleidoscope of (Hi)stories. Ukrainian Art 1912–2023
Kaleidoscope of (Hi)stories. Ukrainian Art 1912–2023
Kaleidoscope of (Hi)stories. Ukrainian Art 1912–2023
Kaleidoscope of (Hi)stories. Ukrainian Art 1912–2023

Photo: SKD, Iona Dutz

With artworks by

With artworks by: Katya Buchatska, Alla Horska, Pavlo Makov, Viktor Palmov, Yevgenia Belorusets, Serhiy Bratkov, Mykola Ridnyi, Maria Prymachenko, Maria Kulikovska, Larion Lozovyi, David Chichkan, Sasha Kurmaz, Mykola Karabinovych and others. 

For the project the following museums shared their collections: National Art Museum of Ukraine, Odesa National Fine Arts Museum, Ukrainian Folk Decorative Art Museum, Stedley Art Foundation, Maria Prymachenko Family Foundation, Dovzhenko Centre, Gallery ARTSVIT (Dnipro), Pavlo Gudimov Ya Gallery, Museum of Modern Art of Ukraine/MOCA NGO, Biruchiy Contemporary Art Project, Fedir Tetianych Family Archive. The exhibition was also complemented by Ukrainian artists from Art Collection Telekom (Bonn), Art Collection of the German Bundestag, TBA21 Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary (Spain) and others. 


The accompanying public program of Ukrainian Institute was Based on an interdisciplinary approach, including lectures about VUFKU and electroacoustic music, screenings of Ukrainian cinema and video art with explanations for foreign audiences, as well as concerts and performances.

“The public program aims to reveal artistic phenomena not only in the visual sphere, but also in the sphere of music, cinema, and literature. Together with the incredible curatorial selection of artworks displayed at the exhibition, the public program provides a broader context for both artistic movements in Ukraine of the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as the social and historical background of modern Ukraine”. – Anastasiia Manuliak, head of the Visual Art department of Ukrainian Institute.

27 May

  • 18:00: Piano concert of Ukrainian academic music of the 1910s-1930s 

Pianist Antonii Baryshevskyi will perform Ukrainian music of the 1910s-1930s. The concert will be accompanied by a short historical reference from Liubov Morozova, Music Program Manager at Ukrainian Institute.


– Borys Lyatoshynsky (1894-1968): Mourning Prelude in E-Moll (1920)

– Viktor Kosenko (1896-1938): from the cycle 2 Poem Legends, Op. 12: No. 1. Con afflizione (1921)

– Levko Revutsky(1889—1977): Song Op. 17 (1929)

– Vsevolod Zaderatsky (1891-1953): Album of Miniatures (1929)

– Mykola Roslavets (1881-1944): Five Preludes (1919-1922)

– Borys Lyatoshynsky: The cycle of “Reflections”, Or. 16 (1925)

Place: Albertinum, Lichthof

28 May

  • 16:00: Lecture about VUFKU (All-Ukrainian Photo Cinema Administration)

Presentation of the Dovzhenko Center about Ukrainian cinematography of the 1920s and the activities of the All-Ukrainian Photocinema Administration: “Avant-garde, ‘Hollywood on Dnipro Shore’ and German traces: a short story of Ukrainian cinema of the 1920s”. Lecture will be held in English by Oleksandr Telyuk.

Place: Albertinum, Hans Nadler Saal

  • 18:00: Screening of Ukrainian cinema of the 1920s

Director: Dziga Vertov

Cinematographer: Mykhailo Kaufman

“The Eleventh Year” is the first of three avant-garde films directed by Dzyga Vertov and his cameraman Mykhailo Kaufman in Ukraine on the basis of the newly opened Kyiv Film Studio of VUFKU. Dedicated to the success of the first five years in Donbas, the film tells the story of accelerated industrial modernisation of eastern Ukraine, which resulted in the transformation of an agricultural country into an industrial one.

1928, Kyiv Film Studio of VUFKU, 5h. / 1600 m, 59 min.

Place: Albertinum, Hans Nadler Saal

10 June

  •  18:00: Concert of Ukrainian academic music of the 1960s that will be accompanied by a brief historical reference.

Anton Churikov, flute

Viktor Mishchenko, oboe

Dmytro Pashinsky, clarinet

Stanislava Kravchuk, bassoon

Andrii Lysak, French horn

Yulia Vash, harpsichord


– Leonid Hrabovsky: Four Two-Part Inventions Op.11a

– Yuri Ishchenko: Three gavottes for harpsichord.

– Yuriy Ishchenko: Quintet No. 2 for brass “Calendar circle” in 6 parts.

– Evgeny Stankovich: Sonata for solo clarinet.

– Vitaly Khodziatsky: “Morning Bird’s Cry” for woodwind quintet.

Location: Georg-Treu-Platz

8 July

  • 18:00: Screening of Ukrainian video art of the 90s.

Screenings of Ukrainian video art of the 90s with comments from Lesya Zayats, an artist and co-founder of the non-profit art organization Institution of Unstable Thoughts and the artistic duo of the same name (with Oleksandr Hnylytskyi). Co-curator of the exhibition “Hnylitsky. Cadavre Exquis” with Oksana Barshinova (2011).

Place: Albertinum, Hans Nadler Saal

  • 18:00: Electroacoustic works for fixed recording

Play records from modern Ukrainian electronic musicians.

Alla Zahaykevych «MISTO 2021» 30’

Ostap Manulyak «Sound of the city» 12’

Alla Zahaykevych «Voice Way» 10’

Anton Stuk «Static movement» 6’20’’

Ostap Manulyak «Mountains. Morning mist» 4’10’’

Katia Olenych «Kolomyiky» 4’30’’

Yuri Samson «Inmostones» 15’

Olexia Suk «Urban Folk» 3’30’’

Anton Stuk «The last and the greatest day of oboe» 6’40’’

Danylo Pertsov «04 04 2020» 9’30’’

Alla Zahaykevych «Motus» 10’23’’

Sviatoslav Krutykov “Nonexistent Civilizations Chronicles” 14’50”

(video by Vyacheslav Vifliantsev based on Serhiy Zvenihorodsky paintings)

Place: Albertinum, Lichthof

  • 20:00: Ukrainian Electroacoustic Music: Transition

Introductory lecture about Ukrainian electro-acoustic music by Alla Zagaykevych, Ukrainian composer of contemporary classical music, performance artist, curator of electroacoustic music projects, musicologist.

The lecture will focus on the “futuristic” component in the history of Ukrainian electroacoustic music, and how connections of Ukrainian artists (Eugene Deslaw, Max Brand, Volodymyr Baranov – Rossiné) with European colleagues influenced the foundations of Ukrainian electroacoustic music.

Place: Albertinum, Hans Nadler Saal

  • 21:00: Musical performance by Alla Zagaykevych

Place: Albertinum, Lichthof

  • 22:00: Musical performance by Yuriy Samson

Place: Albertinum, Lichthof

  • 23:00: Musical performance Zavoloka

Place: Albertinum, Lichthof