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Avant-Garde Art in Ukraine, 1910-1930: Contested Memory by Myroslav Shkandrij

This event was held virtually as a Zoom webinar and streamed via YouTube Live.

Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute for a presentation by Myroslav Shkandrij of his book Avant-Garde Art in Ukraine, 1910-1930: Contested Memory (Academic Studies Press, 2019). Moderated by Mark Andryczyk.

Many of the greatest avant-garde artists of the early twentieth century were Ukrainians or came from Ukraine. Whether living in Paris, St. Petersburg or Kyiv, they made major contributions to painting, sculpture, theatre, and film-making. Because their connection to Ukraine has seldom been explored, English-language readers are often unaware that figures such as Archipenko, Burliuk, Malevich, and Exter were inspired both by their country of origin and their links to compatriots. This book traces the avant-garde development from its pre-war years in Paris to the end of the 1920s in Kyiv. It includes chapters on the political dilemmas faced by this generation, the contribution of Jewish artists, and the work of several emblematic figures: Mykhailo Boichuk, David Burliuk, Kazimir Malevich, Vadym Meller, Ivan Kavaleridze, and Dziga Vertov.

Myroslav Shkandrij is Professor Emeritus of Slavic Studies at the University of Manitoba. His previous books include Ukrainian Nationalism, Jews in Ukrainian Literature, and Russia and Ukraine. He has curated exhibitions on the avant-garde in the 1920s and written extensively on twentieth-century Ukraine.



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