Ukrainian socialists and realistic paintings at the Ukrainian Institute of America

New York, 18 September 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA).

Paintings from Jurii Maniichuk and Rose Brady’s collections are being exhibited from 14 September to 7 October 2012 in the Ukrainian Institute of America.

This exhibition of more than 40 paintings of the Soviet era opened a few days ago in New York. These realistic, socialist paintings, made by Ukrainian artists from 1950s to 1980s, will be shown for the first time to the public, for they had only been exhibited in Ukraine in the past.

The visitor can therefore comprehend the evolution of the official artistic genre in the post-Stalinian era. Portraits and landscapes, factories and farms, including everyday life scenes, all subjects appear. Some illustrate historical events : we may see Nikita Khrushchev or even an enthusiastic crowd welcoming Yuri Gagarin after his first space flight. The collection includes works of Kiev’s greatest painters: Kharkiv, Zaporijia, Donetsk, Kherson, Mykholaiv, Serhiy Hryhoriev, Viktor Shatalin, Asgat Safargalin, Yevdokia Boldyrieva, Yuri Zorko, Natalia Korobova, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Mykhailo Weinstein and many others.

Iurii Maniichuk constituted his collection, composed of more than 140 paintings, while working in Kiev in the mid 1990s. Born in 1955 in Lviv, Ukraine, Maniichuk  obtained a doctorate at the Kiev State University and taught law before emigrating in the 1980s. He became an American citizen in the 1990s and returned to Kiev, where he works as a law consultant for the new government after Ukraine’s independence.