MARIA IS DRAWING exhibition

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100 works by Prymachenko in the Ukrainian House

July 7 – August 27, 2023

The Ukrainian House presents the unique project “Mary Is Drawing” – 100 unknown works by Prymachenko. At the exhibition, the audience will see one hundred paintings of the legendary artist for the first time, because these works from the private collection of Kyiv art critic Eduard Dymshits have never been exhibited before.

Today, we strongly feel that Maria Prymachenko herself, her resilience in the face of the trials of fate, and also her paintings have become a symbol of Ukrainian indomitability. A large part of the exposition consists of works that became the artist’s reaction to the experiences: the war, the death of a loved one at the front, the occupation, the battles for the Kyiv region and the post-war poor, and the Chernobyl tragedy.

Along with familiar images of fantastic creatures and floral decorative panels, the paintings emphasize the theme of the struggle between good and evil, in which good invariably wins. After the tragedies of the war, Maria left painting for almost 10 years, but returned because creativity was her way of life.

A year ago, the exhibition “Saved” was held in the Ukrainian House. Then the Ukrainian House presented 14 paintings by Maria Prymachenko, which miraculously survived the Russian missile attack on the Ivankiv Museum of History and Local History. People stood in long queues to see the famous works, literally won from the fire. The exhibition was a great success and showed how much we need light, inspiration and strength, how important it is to be in touch with our cultural code right now.

The name of the project “Maria Is Drawing” refers us to the artist’s altruistic outlook, to her resilience and devotion to her universe. That is why the slogan of the exhibition became the saying of the artist herself – “Let people live as flowers bloom.”

“We prepared this project with a special attitude and awareness of the feeling of support, earth, roots, something very native, which speaks so powerfully from the paintings of Maria Prymachenko. This exhibition deeply resonates with our vision of actualizing layers and phenomena of Ukrainian art. “Pro_Ukrainian” is the name of one of the main projects of the Ukrainian House, and the exhibition of the unknown works of Maria Prymachenko is exactly about this,” — Olga Vieru, director of the Ukrainian House.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a public educational program developed specifically for the project: lectures, discussions, master classes.

Curators: Eduard Dymshyts, Tetiana Voloshyna.

The opening: July 6 at 18:00

Entrance to the opening is free

Organizer: National Center “Ukrainian Home”

Project partners: JSC “Oschadbank”, Visa

In cooperation with the Maria Prymachenko Family Foundation

The opening hours: Tue-Sun, 11:00-19:00,

Monday is a day off.

Ticket prices:

full – UAH 100,

discount – UAH 50 (for schoolchildren and students).

Entry is free for:

pensioners, children under 7 years of age, persons with disabilities of groups 1-2, participants in the liquidation of the consequences of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, participants in hostilities, participants in anti-terrorist operation and their family members, conscripts, museum workers, members of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine, holders of CIMAM membership cards , ICOM, AICA (with valid certificates).

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