Friday03November10:0010:00 am - 5:00 pm (27)(GMT-04:00) View in my timeThe Beauty During Wartime and BeforeExhibition of Contemporary Christian Art from Ukraine

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The exhibition’s primary focus is Mariypol Iconostasis from the Icons on Ammo Boxes project by Sofia Atlantova and Oleksandr Klymenko, artists from Kyiv. This project would never have seen the light of day if war had not broken out in Ukraine in 2014. In the over one thousand-year history of iconography, a canon has taken shape that, among other things, assumes reliability, durability, and solidity. In other words, an icon must be written on a high-quality, properly dried, and adequately prepared board of correct form, without seams and especially without cracks…

At first glance, the icons of Sofia and Oleksandr are a provocation, a bold challenge to tradition. They break with the typical imagery of iconography, not to outrage, but to show that an icon that breaks with tradition can be convincing. Phoniness is not in the substance but in the eye of the beholder. It is precisely a perfect, richly decorated, and finely written icon that might look wrong at a time when a terrible war has violated the daily lives of millions of people. Those who are wounded, are refugees, and have lost their loved ones feel that all beauty has gone from their lives. In its place is horror, suffering, and grief. But even today, God Himself, His All-Holy Mother, and all the Saints are near. Icons on Ammo Boxes speak namely of this.

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In collaboration with InterArt Gallery, NY

  • Yurii Khymych

    Yurii Khymych

    Artist, architect

    Yurii Khymych (1928–2003) is a Kyivan artist, a classic of Ukrainian fine art of the second half of the 20th century, Honored Artist and Architect of Ukraine, Honorary Member of the Academy of Architecture of Ukraine. For almost 40 years, Khymych was a professor of art at Kyiv universities, includin…

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  • Oleksandr Klymenko

    Oleksandr Klymenko

    Artist, art critic, and writer

    Oleksandr Klymenko (born in 1976, lives and works in Kyiv) is an artist, art critic, and writer. He graduated from the National Academy of Art and Architecture in 1998 and completed a post-graduate course at the Rylskyi Institute of Art History, Folklore, and Ethnography in 2002. He taught at the Ky…

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  • Sofia Atlantova

    Sofia Atlantova

    Artist, iconpainter and writer

    Sofia Atlantova (born in 1981, lives and works in Kyiv) is an artist and writer. She studied at the Kyiv Shevchenko State Art School and the National Academy of Art and Architecture. Sofia Atlantova works in monumental and easel art, book illustration, and installation art.

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