15 June, 2022
Presenting “In the Eye of the Storm” at the Beyeler Fondation.
The Natalia Cola Foundation in partnership with Fondation Beyeler and the National Art Museum of Ukraine discuss the identity of Ukrainian Modernism, within the context of the exhibition ‘In the Eye of the Storm: Modernism in Ukraine 1900 – 1930’
The Natalia Cola Foundation partnered with Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland, and the National Art Museum of Ukraine to discuss and establish the identity of Ukrainian modernism in context with overshadowing Russian art trends. In the Eye of the Storm is a programme of in-depth study of twentieth-century Ukrainian art and exhibitions. The exhibition premiered in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, 29th November, 2022 to 2nd May, 2023, and will exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts on 29th June, 2024.
As part of the presentation, guest speakers and curators Konstantin Akinsha, Katia Denysova and Olena Kashuba-Volvach, explored the multifaceted personalities of artists historically known as the representatives of the Russian Avant-Garde and emphasised their belonging to the Ukrainian art scene and community.
The presentation set the tone for what had become a true in-depth study of 20th century Ukrainian art. Supported by many key figures such as Natalia Shpytkovska, Director of M17 Contemporary Art Center (Kyiv) and British collector and expert James Butterwick, the presentation garnered interest amongst international institutions and paved the way for the exhibition to showcase the enduring freedom and bold artistic expression of Ukrainian art in a prolonged struggle for independence and creative expression.
To mark the presentation of In the Eye of the Storm, the foundation supported the publication of a Taschen catalogue: In the Eye of the Storm Modernism in Ukraine, 1900–1930s.