2022-11-23 16:59:41

Ukrainian Art Goes on Show in Madrid, Defying Russian Missiles

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By Scott Reyburn

An exhibition in Spain is the first comprehensive survey of Ukrainian modernist art abroad. It was a long road from Kyiv to Madrid.

They left with just a couple of hours to spare.

Two trucks loaded with early 20th-century masterworks from Ukraines National Art Museum left Kyiv last Tuesday morning, shortly before the city was struck by the heaviest bombardment of missiles Russian forces had yet unleashed. The transport was headed for Spain, where the artworks will be on display as part of the exhibition In the Eye of the Storm: Modernism in Ukraine, 1900-1930s, at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, which opens Nov. 29. But first the works had to get out of Ukraine safely.

We were very nervous, said Svitlana Melnyk, the director of Kunsttrans Kyiv, a specialist art transporter hired for the task. Four employees packed the works at the National Art Museum on Monday, then loaded them onto trucks the next morning. The whole of Ukraine was being attacked. We didnt know if it was more dangerous staying in Kyiv, or getting out, she added. Russia fired almost 100 missiles at Ukraine that Tuesday.

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