KYIV, Ukraine — Many of the galleries are actually empty on the Mystetskyi Arsenal, one in all Europe’s biggest artwork museums. As at nearly each cultural establishment within the Ukrainian capital, its curators and archivists introduced down the presentations when warfare broke out on Feb. 24. A lot of the number of about 4,500 items has been moved to a safe location. Gallery after gallery sits in darkness. And but: this summer season, the Mystetskyi Arsenal is open to the general public, with a forceful and wonderful exhibition that’s the entire extra spectacular for its modesty and frank feelings.

“An Exhibition About Our Emotions,” inaugurated on June 10 at this main fresh artwork museum, is the primary vital exhibition right here to take the Russian invasion of Ukraine as its focal point — despite the fact that no longer in the best way chances are you’ll be expecting. It gives a view of lifestyles throughout the prevailing warfare via works of Ukrainian artwork from the Sixties to the 2010s; not anything present has been commissioned or added as an instance what its target audience resides via lately.

A portray of sunbathers by way of the Odesa painter Yurii Kovalenko calls forth, with none prompting, the land mines now underneath that town’s seashores — nevertheless it dates to 1989. A near-abstraction of shady grey strokes by way of Halina Neledva seems as a line of infantrymen, or a queue of refugees; it was once painted in 1991.

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