Feb 13

Chopin Theatre & Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art Movie Screening

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art and the Chopin Theatre invite you to a screening of The Guardian of The Past.  

(in Polish with English Subtitles)

Date:  Wednesday, February 20th
Time: 7:30pm
Place: Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division Street
Price: $10/$5 students

There will be a reception and discussion with the director following the screening

The film tells the inspiring story of Borys Voznytsky, longtime Director of the Lviv National Art Gallery who in the face of Soviet tyranny fought relentlessly to preserve some twelve thousand works of sacred art,  hidden at the St. Bernard Monastery in Olesko, Ukraine until this day. The Guardian of the Past garnered awards at documentary festivals in Los Angeles (2005), Kyiv (2006) and Moscow (2007).

About Borys Voznytsky: 

Borys Voznytsky, longtime Director of the Lviv National Art Gallery, honorary member of the Academy of Arts of Ukraine, and doctor emeritus of the Krakow Pedagogical Academy, devoted his life to Ukrainian and Polish art, traveling around Ukraine and its abandoned churches in search of neglected treasures such as icons, liturgical objects, and other remnants of religious art. The expeditions in which he involved art  historians and enthusiasts saved about twelve thousand museum-worthy artifacts, which otherwise would have been destroyed as a part of the Soviet campaign against religion. Among the artifacts Voznytsky saved were  remnants of a Baroque altar by Johann Pinsel (Jan Jerzy Pinzel) in Horodenka and a relief sculpture by Karl Albert Thorvaldsen on the Poninski family tombstone in Horyniec-Zdroj. Late in his career, Voznytsky’s search broadened to explore the churches of later eras. He died tragically in a car accident in the spring 0f 2012.

About the Director: 

Malgorzata Maria Potocka (b. 1953) is a Polish actress, director and producer. She studied acting (1975-78) and directing (1978-82) at the National Film School in Lodz, Poland. In 1985 she attended the Millenium Film Workshop in New York and lectured at the Boston Arts Academy and other universities across the US. She is most famous for her role in Andrzej Wajda s Everything for Sale (1968), and she starred in The Crystal Ball (1972) by StanisBaw Ró|ewicz and in the Circus is Leaving (1982), directed by Krzysztof WierzbiaDski.

Ms Potocka is known as a producer of experimental films, as well as numerous music videos, TV programs, and photographs. Her works have been shown in Warsaw, Krakow, Paris, Budapest and New York. As a member of Society for Creators of Culture and the Polish Filmmakers  Association since 1980, Ms Potocka is involved in promoting Polish art and culture abroad, and is renowned for her avant-garde films and art documentaries. For her acting, Ms Potocka has garnered multiple awards, such as Zbigniew Cybulski Award (1975), two awards at the Warsaw Film Festival (1986) as well as Critics  Award at the Munich Film Festival (1997).

Jan 13

Exhibit Opening: Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

Opening Reception: Contemporary Artists from the Ukraine

Opening Reception:  Friday February 1st, 6-9pm

Exhibit Dates: February 1st – March 1st 2013

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art invites you to an exhibition of contemporary Ukrainian art. Artists in Ukraine historically received very traditional training that did not incorporate artistic trends that many of their global contemporaries followed. During the disintegration of the Soviet Union leading to the independence of Ukraine, the artists in Ukraine began discovering a new freedom of expression. Each artist responded differently to this new artistic freedom in diverse styles, subject matters and techniques.  The artists in this exhibition come from many different regions of the Ukraine, and their works reflects different styles and media.

Artists included:

  • Oleksander Babak
  • Oleksander Dubovyk
  • Serhiy Mikhnovsky
  • Roman Romanyshyn
  • Serhiy Savchenko
  • Oksana Stratijchuk
  • Kateryna Svirhunenko
  • Mykola Zhuravel


May 12

Take A Ukrainian Beadworking Class This Saturday

This Saturday you can sign up for one or two workshops to learn Ukrainian bead-working – also known as Gerdan.

WHERE: Ukrainian National Museum, 2249 W. Superior St.

WHEN: Saturday, June 2nd, 10:00am – 12:30pm OR 1:30pm – 4:00pm

COST: $35 per session or $60 for both (cost includes instruction and refreshments – kits with beads and instructions will be sold for an additional fee. You may also bring your own beads)

To reserve your seat call the Ukrainian National Museum at 312-421-8020 or send an email to info@ukrainiannationalmuseum.org

May 12

Ukrainian Nat’l Museum: An Exhibit From the Folklore Collection

Friday June 8th, 2012 – 7:00pm
Ukrainian National Museum – 2249 W. superior Street

Opening night for an exhibition of women’s embroidered shirts from the museum’s collection. Dedicated to mothers, keepers of the Ukrainian National Museum , who have preserved this legacy of a priceless collection of folk costumes and embroidery.  Explore this exhibit of traditional Ukrainian embroidered shirts.

The exhibit continues through July 31st, 2012.
 Admission: $5


Aug 11

Art Opening for Valeriy & Marita Vaskov – Ukrainian National Museum

A collaboration of art and marriage – Valeriy & Marita Vaskov, two talented artists currently living and working in Lisbon, Portugal, will exhibit their vivid and stunning paintings at the Ukrainian National Museum.  The exhibit opens Friday August 26th  with a reception that begins at 7:00pm.

Born in Ukraine in 1947, Valeriy Vaskov had a passion for art that began in his childhood. His journey began in 1963 when he attended the College of Applied Arts in Vinnytsya, Ukraine. Continuing his formal training he received his Masters degree in Fine Arts and became the art director of a popular folk dance group in Vinnytsya. For more than 30 years Vaskov loaned his artistic passion to choreography while still devoting time and talent to his paintings. In 1999, Vaskov immigrated to Lisbon, Portugal, where he switched his main focus back to painting

Marita Vaskov, Valeriy’s wife, inspires new creative ideas and will delight audiences with the unexpected during this exhibit at the museum. Marita believes that classical allegory and creative aspiration embody the power of art. Valeriy has said of his wife “Creativity flows when your wife, your partner, is doing everything possible to ensure that the creativity in your life is the source of your independence.” Both artists are featured in “The Golden Book of Portuguese Contemporary Artists”.

The exhibit runs through September 18th.

The Ukrainian National Museum
2249 W. Superior Street
Gallery Hours: Thursdays through Sundays, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Free parking is available next door to the museum