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The Worlds of Sviatoslav Hordynsky
May 22 (2 p.m.) –

An exhibition of works by prominent Ukrainian-born artist Sviatoslav Hordynsky (1906-1993) opens at the Museum on Sunday, May 22, at 2 p.m. The Worlds of Sviatoslav Hordynsky highlights Hordynsky's artistic achievements and documents his contributions as a scholar, poet, critic, translator, and cultural activist.

image Infinity and I (self-portrait), 1969

Despite an affliction in his youth that left him permanently deaf, Hordynsky went on to lead an extraordinary life. In 1924, he entered the Oleksa Novakivsky Art School (Lviv, Ukraine), which figured prominently in his artistic development. Seeking inspiration abroad, he traveled to Paris, where he studied the great artworks at the Louvre, took art classes at the Académie Julian, and exhibited in salons whenever possible. In 1929 he was admitted to Fernand Léger's Académie Moderne. The result of his study with Léger was a profusion of book designs, posters, ex libris, and other graphic works that reflected his modernist tendencies and rank among his best works.

The Worlds of Sviatoslav Hordynsky presents a sweeping survey of Hordynsky's oeuvre. Drawn largely from private collections, the works on display include his earliest sketches from art school in Ukraine, drawings, graphic works, oils, watercolors, pastel studies for church mosaics, and photographs of completed large-scale projects. Documents and photographs from his personal archives illustrate Hordynsky's activities in Paris and his participation in exhibitions, as well as milestones in his life. Examples of Hordynsky's poetry, essays, and other literature complete this portrait of a remarkable artist and his contributions to the cultural world.

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Book Launch
Svity Sviatoslava Hordynskoho
(The Worlds of Sviatoslav Hordynsky)
May 22, 2011, 2 p.m.

Svity Sviatoslava Hordynskoho (2010)
By Ambassador Roman Lubkivskyi and Vasyl Pylypiuk
Ukrainian, with English, German, Italian, Polish, and French summaries
Illustrated, 175-pages, hardcover

Traces Hordynsky's creative life and accomplishments.

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About the Museum
The Ukrainian Museum was founded in 1976 by the Ukrainian National Women's League of America as a showcase for Ukrainian culture. Since its founding, the Museum has amassed extensive collections of folk art, fine art, and archival material. It mounts several exhibitions annually; publishes accompanying bilingual catalogues; organizes courses, workshops, and other educational programs; and hosts a variety of public events. In April 2005 the Museum moved into a new, state-of-the-art facility in New York's East Village, funded entirely by the Ukrainian American community.



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