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    New exhibition: The Worlds of Sviatoslav Hordynsky
    Opens May 22 at 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

    Hordynsky's childhood was interrupted at age nine by an illness that left him permanently deaf ‒ a limitation that he quickly overcame. He went on to lead an extraordinary life, studying at the Oleksa Novakivsky Art School in Lviv; traveling to Paris, where he studied with Fernand Legér and created a profusion of book designs, posters, ex libris, and other works; co-founding the Association of Independent Ukrainian Artists upon his return to Lviv; organizing the first exhibition of western avant-garde art in Lviv, with works by Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, Marc Chagall, Alexis Gritchenko (Oleksa Hryshchenko), and others; and eventually moving to the U.S., where his early interest in Byzantine art led to a prolific career decorating church interiors in North America and as far away as Australia with iconostases, icons, and mosaics, thereby contributing to a major Byzantine revival.

    The Worlds of Sviatoslav Hordynsky presents a sweeping survey of Hordynsky's work. 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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    The opening of The Worlds of Sviatoslav Hordynsky will also serve as the launch of a Ukrainian-language book by the same name, Svity Sviatoslava Hordynskoho (2010), by Ambassador Roman Lubkivskyi and Vasyl Pylypiuk ‒ a beautifully illustrated, 175-page hardcover volume that traces Hordynsky's creative life and accomplishments. The book will be available for purchase in the Museum gift shop.



    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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